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Old September 14th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #1
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Siberia from North to East. Part 6 : On the train, again

So here is the sixth thread about the trip I did this summer in Siberia.
Here are the links towards the five first threads :
Siberia from North to East. Part 1 : Norilsk
Siberia from North to East. Part 2 : Dudinka
Siberia from North to East. Part 3 : Along the Yenisei
Siberia from North to East. Part 4 : Yeniseisk and Podtesovo
Siberia from North to East. Part 5 : Krasnoyarsk

So after Krasnoyarsk, I was alone. No guide, no other tourist, I was all by myself with my very limited russian skills. I took the train at Krasnoyarsk to go to Khabarovsk. A four days and three nights trip to cross Eastern Siberia.
My train was mainly composed of third class cars (platzkart), but, as for me, I was in a second class car (4 people by compartment) or kupe.

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1- Leaving Krasnoyarsk and crossing the Yenisei river :


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58- One of my compartment mates, Micha, a very nice guy and firefighter from Komsomolsk-na-Amour ("Communist Youth upon Amur"). The pic was taken in the (very overpriced) restaurant car.


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75- Crossing the Amur river, just before Khabarovsk.


Next thread will be about Khabarovsk

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Old September 14th, 2011, 07:42 PM   #2
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Very nice.

Is the trans Siberian railroad the only way to do this or is there a road that more or less runs along the same route so that you could drive across Siberia too?

Why were all the people gather on the railroad tracks on a hot day? Was there a place to swim there?
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Old September 14th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #3
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Very nice.

Is the trans Siberian railroad the only way to do this or is there a road that more or less runs along the same route so that you could drive across Siberia too?

Why were all the people gather on the railroad tracks on a hot day? Was there a place to swim there?
Yes, since a few years, there is a continuous road linking Moscow to Vladivostok. I guess it would take something like 10 days to make it by car.

Each time the train stops, people get off the cars (sometime right on the tracks), to walk a little, to smoke, to buy some foods and drinks or to call their family or friends (there is often no signal while in the train, except when you enter a city and stop at a train station).
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ok, thanks. So those are the passengers. Very informal. In the US I don't think people would strip down to just wearing shorts no matter how hot it got.
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