This page shows scenes in Asian Russia (all on the Trans-Siberian main line). European Russia pictures can be found in the European section of this site: click here to view.
|VL65-018 at Ulan-Ude, with the "Sibir" Vladivostok - Novosibirsk service on 22 March 1997. Ulan-Ude, near the eastern shore of Lake Baikal, is the capital of the Buryat Republic, and is an important railway junction on the Trans-Siberian Railway, where the line to Mongolia branches off to the south.|
|This photo was also taken at Ulan-Ude, 9 years after the one above. Here 2TE10U-0283B, formerly half of a twin-unit locomotive, is at the head of the "Trans-Siberian Express" luxury tourist train on 17 June 2006. The train was heading towards Mongolia.|
|VL65-007 at Slyudyanka, on the shore of Lake Baikal, at the head of a Chelyabinsk to Chita train. The train on the right is the Moscow - Beijing (via Mongolia) train, on which I was travelling. The date is 22 March 1997.|
|Krasnoyarsk is a major city on the Trans-Siberian route. On the evening of 18 April 1988, the Moscow - Beijing ('trans-Manchurian') service calls, while a local train waits on the right.|
|In 1988, there were still a few steam trains operating in Russia. In this picture, L0595 draws a freight train out of sidings to the east of Taiga in Eastern Siberia, on 18 April.|