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Train 325 Siberia

28 hours Khabarovsk to Tynda (crossing one time zone)

overcast 27 °C
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In Russia the trains are numbered. Single digit trains such as 007, the train we caught from Vladiivostok are the most modern. Two digit trains a bit older and down to the oldest three digit train. Today we spent 28 hours Khabarovsk to Tynda (crossing one time zone) on train 325.

Even though it was old it was immaculately clean and functional. While we were on the train the Provodnik/Provodnitsa (attendants) came through and mopped our compartment, and then another came and cleaned the windows, handles, etc. The toilet was basic stainless steel with a hole and flush but always really clean. As it was not a bio toilet, it was locked at the larger stations. A sign on the toilet indicated closure times.

There was no power in this train (we brought our own battery pack to keep the tablets running). As always the samovar was steaming hot and kept us going with hot water for tea, coffe, soup, instant noodles.

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We brought quite a bit of food on board and whipped up some nice meals on the train. Ham on bread, smoked salmon on bread, beer and chocolate!

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Breakfast:

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Face of Russian chocolate:

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The train stopped frequently, mostly for just 1-2 minutes (a sign in the carriage listed all the stops). So farwe noticed the trains are prompt to the minute. There were a few stops of 15 min or more when everyone hopped off for a stretch. Local people often had a small market place or walked up and down the station with their produce.

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Not really anything much to see in the way of scenery. 28 hours of tundra - flat, wet swamps, with occasional pine forest. No animals or farms. Every few hours a small village or town.

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We kept ourselves amused with videos (Mike) and Sudoku (Margaret)

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Arrived at 11pm and walked 20 minutes to our accomodation.

A fun journey and star.pngstar.pngstar.pngstar.png 4 star day

Posted by MikeinCairns 01:13 Archived in Russia

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I always try to buy something from the local people on the platform during a longer stop...

by Vic_IV

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