The train left Atomflot on December 4 carrying approx. two and half spent reactor cores from nuclear-powered ice-breakers and nuclear-powered submarines of the Northern Fleet.
The train was scheduled to arrive to Murmansk by the end of October, but both the technical malfunctions in the train and lack of funding left the plans behind the schedule.
According to the Russian Navy, some annual 10 shipments of spent nuclear fuel is required to fulfil the needs of nuclear-powered fleet in Russia.
The first shipment for the year 1997 was performed in the end of May from Severodvinsk.