Interesting Facts About The Trans-Siberian Railway

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The Tans-Siberian railway is world-famous, and as the article on USA Today states, it is one that is on many people’s bucket lists. However, there are many things that you may not be aware of regarding this railway that travels over 4000 miles. Below are some fascinating and lesser-known facts about this railway that may be enough to add it to your bucket list as well.

The Middle Of The Railway

If you book one of the Trans-Siberian express tours and come to the train station of Tayshet, you are only at the halfway point of the length of the railway network. Tayshet station is 4,644KM from Moscow, and the distance from Moscow to Vladivostok where the railway ends is 9,289KM.

The Railway Crosses A Lot Of Water

If you travel the entire length of the railway, then you will cross 16 major rivers, plus some smaller ones, and most of them you have probably not heard of before. The major rivers are the Volga, Khor, Oka, Tom, Tobol, Ussuri, Vyatka, Zeya, Amur, Selenga, Ob, Kama, Irtysh, Bureya, Yenisei, and Chulym. The river Ob is the seventh longest river in the world, and the longest crossing at 1.2 miles is the Amur.

The Railway Also Goes Underground

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There are several different tunnels that the Trans-Siberian railway passes through, and the longest one is at Tarmanchukan. It is 8,140KM from Moscow and is 2,030M long, and they started building the tunnel in 1915.

David Bowie Once Rode The Train Instead Of Flying

David Bowie had a fear of flying, so after his tour of Japan in 1973, he decided to find an alternative route back to the UK. The answer? He took a ferry across the Sea of Japan which connects the two countries and rode the Trans-Siberian railway to Moscow. He then traveled overland to the UK and avoided having to fly. Quite extreme to avoid flying, but what an awesome trip that would have been!

A Marble Station

The Slyudyanka station was built in 1904 and is 5,132KM from Moscow. It is very close to Lake Baikal, which is one of the most beautiful scenic areas along the entire railway and is the world’s deepest lake. Years ago, when the train would stop at the station for 15 minutes, people would try and run the 500M from the train to the lake’s shore and dip a toe or a hand in, which was meant to be good luck. Over the years several people got left stranded as they did not make it back in time. To try and deter people from doing this, the train now only stops at the station for two minutes.

They Used British Timber To Help Build The Railway

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While World War One was still raging, the line between Mosco and Vladivostok was finally finished in 1916, despite around 60 of Russia’s railway network being damaged. The local trees were not good enough to use for railway sleepers, so they had to import these from as far away as Britain.

Now you have found out some interesting facts about the Trans-Siberian railway, why not take a trip along this historic railway and discover the beauty and vastness for yourself?

Disclaimer: This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer.


  1. Nice article and beautiful pictures.
    May I ask you: did you take those pictures yourself and with which camera?
    Good luck!

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