The Journey of a Lifetime !
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Trans-Siberian route, Ural Route, Trans-Mongolian route and
Trans-Manchurian route with major cities in English,Russian
The Red Express, Trans Siberian Railway 1990
Introduction to the Routes
There are 4 main routes on the Trans-Siberian: the Trans-Siberian line, Trans-Manchurian line, the Trans-Mongolian line and the Baikal Amur Mainline (BAM) Line . There is also a southern Ural route from Moscow to Yekaterinburg via Kazan on train 16 known as the Ural. Kazan is the capital of the autonomous republic of Tatarstan. Sone of the main sights in Kazan are the Kremlin, declared a Unesco World Heritage site,the Annunciation Cathedral and the Syuyumbike Tower. the main tourist season goes from May to the end of Sept.
The first spike of the railroad was laid by then Tsesarevich Nicholas on May 19, 1891 at Vladivostok. Similar to the Transcontinental Railroad in the USA, Russian engineers started construction at both ends and worked towards the center.The Trans-Siberian Railway, completed in 1901, enabled millions of peasants to migrate over the Urals . The Trans-Siberian line remains the most important transportation link within Russia; around 30% of Russian exports travel on the line. While it attracts many foreign tourists, it gets most of its use from domestic passengers
An armoured train on the train Siberian during the Russo-Japanese was that broke out in 1904. Japanese fear of the completion of the Trans Siberian was one of the major causes of the war. In 1916 the last tracks were laid .