Excellent article from the Daily Telegraph on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
The Trans-Siberian is more than just a railway. It’s a journey into the psyche of modern Russia; a triumph of engineering; a movable feast through the largest – and, perhaps, most mysterious – nation on Earth
Crossing seven time zones, between Moscow and Vladivostok, the 5,772-mile train track blazes a trail through some of the bleakest and most beautiful landscapes on Earth.
In an epoch of low-cost air fares, the world’s longest railway continues to exert a hold over travellers; it still tops bucket lists, still pulls in the tourists. It also remains a lifeline for millions of Russians.
Completed in October 1916 – exactly 100 years ago – the Trans-Siberian Railway helped shape the Russia we know today, though its influence can be felt much further afield, not least in Japan, China and Europe.
Winston Churchill famously described Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” – words that still, perhaps, ring true today. A journey aboard the Trans-Siberian won’t necessarily solve that riddle, but it will certainly help make sense of this furtive nation.
I’d love to do this trip, but prices start at £10,295. That’s a couple of holidays plus a lot of N-gauge stock, even at today’s prices!