Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Longest Uninterrupted Train Route !

The Trans-Siberian express is the longest uninterrupted train route in the world - crossing 6 time zones and a multitude of different terrain ranging from forest to mountain to desert to steppe.

The Trans-Siberian Railroad stretches almost 6,000 miles from Moscow to Vladivostok. It is an adventurous journey through Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Mongolia. Depending on the route you choose, you can visit cities like Minsk, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulan Bator, and Beijing. If you wish to take the Trans-Siberian railway from Beijing to Europe, you must obtain visas for Mongolia, Russia and other countries en route. Plan ahead. The Mongolian Consulate in Beijing is only open a few hours per week.

Four Trans-Siberian Routes

The first, and most common, route begins in Moscow and ends in Vladivostok. This route passes through Yaroslavl on the Volga, Exaterinburg in the Urals, Irkutsk near Lake Baikal's southern extremity, and then Khabarovsk. From Vladivostok you can continue by ferry to Niigata on the west coast of Japan.

A second route is the Trans-Manchurian line. This route follows the Trans-Siberian line until Tarskaya. From Tarskaya the Trans-Manchurian heads southeast into China and makes its way down to Beijing.

A third route is the Trans-Mongolian line. This route follows the Trans-Siberian as far as Ulan Ude. From Ulan-Ude the Trans- Mongolian heads south to Ulaan-Baatar before making its way southeast to Beijing.

A fourth route is the Baikal Amur Mainline. This route departs from the Trans-Siberian line several hundred miles west of Lake Baikal and passes the lake at its northernmost extremity. It reaches the Pacific to the northeast of Khabarovsk, at Imperatorskaya Gavan. While this route provides access to Baikal's stunning northern coast, it also passes through some pretty forbidding terrain.

Trans-Siberian Railroad Timeline

1882     Volunteer Fleet Co. begins steamship service to the Russian Far East.

1891     Tsarevich Nicholas lays first stone of railway in Vladivostok.
1896     Ekaterinburg-Cheliabinsk branch and West Siberian line (Cheliabinsk to Ob River) open.

1897     Ussuri line (Vladivostok to Khabarovsk) opens.
1898     Special migrant fare established.
1898     Mid-Siberian line (Ob River to Innokentievskaia, near Irkutsk) and branch line to Tomsk open.

1899     Irkutsk-Baikal line opens.
1900     Trans-Baikal line opens.
1904     Completion of Trans-Siberian Railroad. 

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