- Trans-Siberian Railway
The Trans-Siberian Railway or Trans-Siberian Railroad (Транссибирская магистраль, Транссиб in Russian, or Transsibirskaya magistral', Transsib) is a network of
railways connecting Moscowand European Russiawith the Russian Far Eastprovinces, Mongolia, Chinaand the Sea of Japan.
The original plans and funding for construction of a Trans-Siberian railway to connect the capital,
St. Petersburg, with the Pacific Oceanport of Vladivostok, were approved by the Czar Alexander II in St. Petersburg. His son, the Czar Alexander III supervised the construction; the Czar personally appointed Sergei WitteDirector of Railway Affairs in 1889. The Imperial State Budget spent 1.455 billion rubles from 1891 to 1913 on the railway construction, an expenditure record which was surpassed only by the military budget in World War I.
In March 1891, the future Czar
Nicholas IIand Alexandra personally opened and blessed the construction of the Far Eastsegment of the Trans-Siberian Railroad on their stop in Vladivistok, after visiting Japan at the end of their journey around the world. Nicholas II made records in his diary about his anticipation of travelling in the comfort of The Czar's Train across the unspoiled wilderness of Siberia. The Czar's Train was designed and built in St. Petersburg to serve as the main mobile office of the Czar and his staff for traveling across Russia.
After the revolution of 1917, the railway served as the vital line of communication for the Czecho-Slovak Legion and the Allied armies that landed troops at Vladivostok during the
Siberian Interventionof the Russian Civil War. These forces supported the White Russian government of Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak, based in Omsk, and White Russian soldiers fighting the Bolsheviks on the Ural Front. The intervention was weakened, and ultimately defeated, by partisan fighters who blew up bridges and sections of track, particularly in the volatile region between Krasnoyarskand Chita. [http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/h1x40w1535233070/fulltext.pdf Benjamin Isitt, "Mutiny from Victoria to Vladivostok, December 1918," Canadian Historical Review 87, no 2 (June 2006): 223-264] ; [http://www.siberianexpedition.ca Canada's Siberian Expedition] website]
The main route of the Trans-Siberian originates in
St. Petersburgat Moskovsky Vokzal, runs through Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Chita, Blagoveshchenskand Khabarovskto Vladivostokvia southern Siberiaand was built between 1891 and 1916 under the supervision of government ministers of Russia who were personally appointed by the Czar Alexander III and by his son, Czar Nicholas II. The additional Chinese Eastern Railwaywas constructed as the Russian-Chinese part of the Trans-Siberian railway, connecting Russia with China, and it was operated by a Russian staff and administration based in Harbin.
The Trans-Siberian railway is often associated with the main transcontinental Russian
trainthat connects hundreds of big and small cities of the European and Asian parts of Russia. At 9,288 kilometres (5,772 miles), spanning a record 7 time zones and taking several days to complete the journey, it is the third-longest single continuous service in the world, after the Moscow– Pyongyang(10267 km, 6380 mi) [ [http://www.poezda.net/en/train_timetable?tr_code=767323%3A%C1+ Timetable for train No. 002, Moscow-Pyongyang, July 2008] ] and the Kiev– Vladivostok(11085 km, 6888 mi) [ [http://www.poezda.net/en/train_timetable?tr_code=769838%3A%D4+ Timetable for train No. 350, Kiev-Vladivostok, July 2008] ] services, both of which also follow the Trans-Siberian for much of their routes. The route was opened by TsarevichNicholas Alexandrovitch of Russia after his eastern journey ended.
A second primary route is the Trans-Manchurian, which coincides with the Trans-Siberian as far as
Tarskaya(a stop 12 km east of Karymskaya, in Zabaykalsky Krai), about 1,000 km east of Lake Baikal. From Tarskaya the Trans-Manchurian heads southeast, via Harbinand Mudanjiangin China's Northeastern Provinces (from where a connection to Beijingis used by one of Moscow–Beijing trains), joining with the main route in Ussuriyskjust north of Vladivostok. This is the shortest and the oldest rail route to Vladivostok. Some trains split at Shenyang, China, with a portion of the service continuing to Pyongyang, North Korea.
The third primary route is the Trans-Mongolian, which coincides with the Trans-Siberian as far as
Ulan Udeon Lake Baikal's eastern shore. From Ulan-Ude the Trans-Mongolian heads south to Ulaan-Baatarbefore making its way southeast to Beijing.
In 1991, a fourth route running further to the north was finally completed, after more than five decades of sporadic work. Known as the
Baikal Amur Mainline(BAM), this recent extension departs from the Trans-Siberian line at Taishetseveral hundred miles west of Lake Baikaland passes the lake at its northernmost extremity. It crosses the Amur Riverat Komsomolsk-na-Amure(north of Khabarovsk), and reaches the Pacific at Sovetskaya Gavan.
The Trans-Siberian also played a very direct role during parts of Russia's history, with the Czechoslovak Legion using heavily armed and
armoured trains to control large amounts of the railway (and of Russia itself) during the Russian Civil Warat the end of World War I."First World War" - Willmott, H.P.; Dorling Kindersley, 2003, Page 251] As one of the only organised fighting forces left in the aftermath of the Imperial collapse, and before the Red Armytook control, the Czechs were able to take use their organisation and the resources of the railway to establish a temporary zone of control before eventually continuing onwards towards Vladivostok, from where they emigrated to the United States.
Demand and design
In the late 19th century, the development of the Siberian section was hampered by poor transportation links within the region as well as between Siberia and the rest of the country. Aside from the Great
Siberian Route, good roads suitable for wheeled transport were few and far apart. For about five months of the year, rivers were the main means of transportation; during the cold half of the year, cargo and passengers travelled by horse-drawn sleds over the winter roads, many of which were the same rivers, now ice-covered.
The first steamboat on the Ob, Nikita Myasnikov's "Osnova", was launched in 1844; but the early starts were difficult, and it was not until 1857 that steamboat shipping started developing in the Ob system in the serious way. Steamboats started operating on the
Yeniseiin 1863, on the Lenaand Amurin the 1870s.
While the comparably flat Western Siberia was at least fairly well served by the gigantic Ob–
Irtysh– Tobol–Chulym river system, the mighty rivers of Eastern Siberia — the Yenisei, the Upper Angara River(the Angara Riverbelow Bratskwas not easily navigable because of the rapids), and the Lena— were mostly navigable only in the north-south direction. An attempt to partially remedy the situation by building the Ob-Yenisei Canalwas not particularly successful. Only a railroad could be a real solution to the region's transportation problems.
The first railroad projects in Siberia emerged after the completion of the
Moscow-Saint Petersburg Railwayin 1851.Based on a chapter of: "Problem Regions of Resourse Type: Economical Integration of European North-East, Ural and Siberia". / Managing editors: V. V. Alexeev, M. K. Bandman, V. V. Kuleshov — Novosibirsk, [http://ieie.nsc.ru IEIE] , 2002. ISBN 5-89665-060-4.] One of the first was the Irkutsk–Chita project, proposed by an American entrepreneur W. Collins and supported by Transport Minister Constantine Possietwith a view toward connecting Moscow to the Amur river, and consequently, to the Pacific Ocean. Siberia's governor, Nikolay Muravyov-Amursky, was anxious to advance the colonization of the Russian Far East, but his plans could not materialize as long as the colonists had to import grain and other food from China and Korea. [G. Patrick March. "Eastern Destiny: Russia in Asia and the North Pacific." Praeger/Greenwood, 1996. ISBN 0275956482. Pages 152-153.] It was on Muravyov's initiative that surveys for a railroad in the Khabarovskregion were conducted.
Before 1880, the central government had virtually ignored these projects, because of the weakness of Siberian enterprises, a clumsy bureaucracy, and fear of financial risk. Financial minister Count
"The idea of covering Russia with a railroad network not just exceeds any possibility, but even building the railway from Petersburg to
Kazanmust be found untimely by several centuries".Столетие железных дорог // Труды научно-технического комитета Комиссариата путей сообщения. Вып.20 — М., 1925. "Century of Railways // Works of scientific and technical committee of Communications Commissariat". Issue 20 — Moscow, 1925.]
By 1880, there were a large number of rejected and upcoming applications for permission to construct railways to connect Siberia with the Pacific but not eastern Russia. This worried the government and made connecting Siberia with central Russia a pressing concern. The design process lasted 10 years. Along with the route actually constructed, alternative projects were proposed:
* Southern route: via
Kazakhstan, Barnaul, Abakanand Mongolia.
* Northern route: via
Tyumen, Tobolsk, Tomsk, Yeniseyskand the modern Baikal Amur Mainlineor even through Yakutsk.
According to a legend, the line originally had an unneeded 7 km loop, which was due to the fact that during planning, the Tsar accidentally had part of his finger in the way of plotting the route, and construction workers were too afraid of mentioning the mistake to the Tsar, resulting in them building the line including this "error". ("Lonely Planet, Trans-Siberian Railway", first edition. This legend is more often told about the much earlier
Moscow-Saint Petersburg Railway[ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/monitoring/media_reports/1617755.stm BBC News MEDIA REPORTS | 'Tsar's finger' chopped off ] ] .)
Railwaymen fought against suggestions to save funds, for example, by installing ferryboats instead of bridges over the rivers until traffic increased. The designers insisted and secured the decision to construct an uninterrupted railway.
Unlike the rejected private projects, that intended to connect the "existing" cities demanding transport, the Trans-Siberian did not have such a priority. Thus, to save money and avoid clashes with land owners, it was decided to lay the railway outside the existing cities.
Tomskwas the largest city, and the most unfortunate, because the swampy banks of the Ob River near it were considered inappropriate for a bridge. The railway was laid 70 km to the south (instead crossing the Ob at Novosibirskcity), just a blind branch line connected with Tomsk, depriving the city of the prospective transit rail traffic and trade.
The railway was instantly filled to its capacity with local traffic, mostly
wheat. Together with low speed and low possible weights of trains, it upset the promised role as a transit route between Europeand East Asia. During the Russian-Japanese war, the military traffic to the East almost disrupted the flow of civil freight.
Full time construction on the Trans-Siberian Railway began in 1891 and was put into execution and overseen by
Sergei Witte, who was then Finance Minister.
Similar to the First Transcontinental Railroad in the USA, Russian engineers started construction at both ends and worked towards the center. From Vladivostok the railway was laid north along the right bank of the
Ussuri Riverto Khabarovskat the Amur Riverbecoming the Ussuri railway.
In 1890, a bridge across the river Ural was built and the new railroad entered Asia. The bridge across the
Ob Riverwas built in 1898 and the small city of Novonikolaevsk, founded in 1883, metamorphosed into a large Siberian center— Novosibirskcity. In 1898, the first train reached Irkutsk and the shores of Lake Baikal. The railroad ran on to the East, across the Shilka and the Amur rivers and soon reached Khabarovsk. The Vladivostok-Khabarovsk branch was built a bit earlier, in 1897.
Russian soldiers, as well as convict labourers from
Sakhalinand other places were pressed into railway-building service. One of the largest challenges was the construction of the Circum-Baikal Railwayaround Lake Baikal, some 60 km (40 mi) east of Irkutsk. Lake Baikal is more than 640 km (400 mi) long and over 1,600 m (5,000 feet) deep. The line ended on each side of the lake and a special icebreaker ferryboat was purchased from England to connect the railway. In the winter sleighs were used to move passengers and cargo from one side of the lake to the other until the completion of the Lake Baikal spur along the southern edge of the lake. With the completion of the Amur River line north of the Chinese border in 1916, there was a continuous railway from Petrograd to Vladivostok that remains to this day the world's longest railway line. Electrification of the line, begun in 1929 and completed in 2002, allowed a doubling of train weights to 6,000 tonnes.
The Trans-Siberian Railway gave a great boost to Siberian agriculture, facilitating substantial exports to central Russia and Europe. It influenced the territories it connected directly, as well as those connected to it by river transport. For instance,
Altai Kraiexported wheat to the railway via the Ob River.
As Siberian agriculture began to export cheap
graintowards the West, agriculture in Central Russia was still under economic pressure after the end of serfdom, which was formally abolished in 1861. Thus, to defend the central territory and to prevent possible social destabilization, in 1896, the government introduced the Chelyabinsk tariff break(Челябинский тарифный перелом), a tariff barrier for grain passing through Chelyabinsk, and a similar barrier in Manchuria. This measure changed the nature of export: mills emerged to create bread from grain in Altai, Novosibirskand Tomsk, and many farms switched to butterproduction. From 1896 until 1913 Siberia exported on average 501,932 tonnes (30,643,000 pood) of bread (grain, flour) annually.Храмков А. А. Железнодорожные перевозки хлеба из Сибири в западном направлении в конце XIX — начале XX вв. // [http://new.hist.asu.ru/biblio/predpri3/index.html Предприниматели и предпринимательство в Сибири. Вып.3] : Сборник научных статей. Барнаул: Изд-во АГУ, 2001.
Khramkov A. A. Railroad Transportation of Bread from Siberia to the West in the Late 19th — Early 20th Centuries. // [http://new.hist.asu.ru/biblio/predpri3/index.html Entrepreneurs and Business Undertakings in Siberia. 3rd issue] . Collection of scientific articles. Barnaul: Altai State University publishing house, 2001. ISBN 5-7904-0195-3.]
The Trans-Siberian line remains the most important transportation link within Russia; around 30% of Russian exports travel on the line. While it attracts many foreign tourists, it also gets considerable use from domestic passengers.
Today the Trans-Siberian Railway carries about 20,000 containers per year to Europe, including 8,300 containers from
Japan. This is a fairly small amount, considering that for all means of transport combined Japan sends 360,000 containers to Europe per year. Thus, there is potential for growth, and the Russian Ministry of Transport planned to increase the number of containers shipped on the railway to 100,000 by the year 2005 and satisfy the passage and cargo needs of 120 trains per day. This required that stretches that were single track and formed a bottleneck would be made double track.
The train has second class four-berth compartments (called "kupé") and first class two-berth compartments (called "spalny wagon" or "SV") and a restaurant car. One-way fares start at about US$250 in a four-berth sleeper or US$320 in a two-berth sleeper. Ticket prices change often. Taken from: [http://www.seat61.com/Trans-Siberian.htm#Fares How to Travel by Trans-Siberian Railway from London to China & Japan] Accessed
October 20, 2006.] Prices increase dramatically if additional stops are needed. Russian train tickets can be purchased only within the Russian Federation or in Finland. Tickets can be purchased no more than 45 days in advance. Many travel agencies can arrange to have tickets purchased by proxy, but the 45 day limit is strictly enforced.
Several European railway companies (notably Germany's
Deutsche Bahn, Czech Railways, and Poland's Polskie Koleje Państwowe) sell tickets/reservations for long-distance domestic trains, since the German train reservation system is linked with their Russian counterpart system. Return tickets from Central Europe to Vladivostok and back can be as cheap as €250.00 with so called CityStar or Sparpreis Europa special offers. In addition a reservation supplement for long-distance trains is mandatory, the prices range between €30.00 to €60.00 each way for trains in four-berth sleeper on the Trans-Siberian railroad. Overall, buying tickets for Russian trains in Germany, the Czech Republic or Poland can be cheaper and easier (language-wise) than in Russia.
In general, the lower the train number the fewer stops it makes and therefore the faster the journey. The train number makes no difference to the duration of border crossings.
Samara-Zlatoust Railway, ca. 1910]
A commonly used main line route is as follows. Distances and travel times are from the scheduleof train No.002M, Moscow-Vladivostok. [ [http://www.poezda.net/en/train_timetable?tr_code=621775%3A%C0+ Timetable for train No. 002, Moscow-Vladivostok, July 2007] ,]
Moscow, Yaroslavsky Rail Terminal(0 km, Moscow Time).
Vladimir(210 km, MT)
Nizhny Novgorod(461 km, 6 hours, MT) on the Volga River. Its railroad station is still called by its old Soviet name Gorky, and is so listed in most timetables.
* Kirov (917 km, 13 hours, MT) on the
Perm(1,397 km, 20 hours, MT+2) on the Kama River
* Official boundary between Europe and Asia (1,777 km), marked by a white obelisk.
Yekaterinburg(1,778 km, 1 day 2 h, MT+2) in the Urals, still called by its old Soviet name Sverdlovskin most timetables.
Omsk(2,676 km, 1 day 14 h, MT+3) on the Irtysh River
Novosibirsk(3,303 km, 1 day 22 h, MT+3) on the Ob River
Krasnoyarsk(4,065 km, 2 days 11 h, MT+4) on the Yenisei River
Taishet(4,483 km), junction with the Baikal-Amur Mainline
Irkutsk(5,153 km, 3 days 4 h, MT+5) near Lake Baikal's southern extremity
Ulan Ude(5,609 km, 3 days 12 h, MT+5)
* Junction with the Trans-Mongolian line (5,622 km)
*Chita (6,166 km, 3 days 22 h, MT+6)
* Junction with the Trans-Manchurian line at
Birobidzhan(8,312 km, 5 days 13h), the capital of Jewish Autonomous Region
Khabarovsk(8,493 km, 5 days 15 h, MT+7) on the Amur River
Ussuriysk(9,147 km), junction with the Trans-Manchurian line and Korea branch
Vladivostok(9,289 km, 6 days 4 h, MT+7), on the Pacific Ocean
Services to North Korea continue from Ussuriysk via:
Primorsk(9,257 km, 6 days 14h, MT+7)
Khasan(9,407 km, 6 days 19h, MT+7, border with North Korea)
Tumangan(9,412 km, 7 days 10h, MT+6, North Korean side of the border)
Pyongyang(10,267 km, 9 days 2h, MT+6)
There are many alternative routings between Moscow and Siberia. For example:
* Some trains would leave Moscow from
Kazansky Rail Terminalinstead of Yaroslavsky Rail Terminal; this would shave some 20 km off the distances, because it provides a shorter exit from Moscow onto the Nizhny Novgorod main line.
* One can take a night train from Moscow's
Kursky Rail Terminalto Nizhny Novgorod, make a stopover in the Nizhny and then transfer to a Siberia-bound train
* From 1956 to 2001 many trains went between Moscow and Kirov via
Yaroslavlinstead of Nizhny Novgorod. This would add some 29 km to the distances from Moscow, making Vladivostok Kilometer 9,288.
* Other trains get from Moscow (Kazansky Terminal) to Yekaterinburg via
* Between Yekaterinburg and Omsk it is possible to travel via Kurgan
Petropavl(in Kazakhstan) instead of Tyumen.
* One can bypass Yekaterinburg altogether by travelling via Samara,
Ufa, Chelyabinsk, and Petropavl; this was historically the earliest configuration.
Depending on the route taken, the distances from Moscow to the same station in Siberia may differ by several tens of kilometers.
The Trans-Manchurian line, as e.g. used by train No.020, Moscow-Beijing [ [http://www.poezda.net/en/train_timetable?tr_code=621325%3A%C0+ Timetable for train No. 020, Moscow-Beijing, July 2007] .] follows the same route as the Trans-Siberian between
Moscowand Chita, and then follows thisroute to China:
*Branch off from the Trans-Siberian-line at
Tarskaya(6,274 km from Moscow)
Zabaikalsk(6,626 km), Russian border town
Manzhouli(6,638 km from Moscow, 2,323 km from Beijing), Chinese border town
Harbin(7,573 km, 1,388 km)
Changchun(7,820 km from Moscow)
Beijing(8,961 km from Moscow)
The express train (No.020) travel time from Moscow to Beijing is just over six days.
There is no direct passenger service along the entire original Trans-Manchurian route (i.e., from Moscow—or anywhere in Russia-west-of-Manchuria—to Vladivostok via Harbin), due to the obvious administrative and technical (gauge break) inconveniences of crossing the border twice.However, assuming sufficient patience and possession of appropriate visas, it is still possible to travel all the way along the originalroute, with a few stopovers (e.g. in
Harbin, Grodekovo, and Ussuriysk). [ [http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china-trains/viewd.asp?tid=K607&tt=kttk&s=harbin&e=suifenhe Harbin-Suifenhe train schedule] .] [ [http://www.poezda.net/en/train_timetable?tr_code=570245%3A%C0+ Grodekovo-Harbin schedule, Nov 2006] (Note that Russian train sites give incorrect kilometer distance between Chinese stations).] [ [http://www.poezda.net/en/train_timetable?tr_code=592448%3A%C0+ Grodekovo-Ussuriysk schedule, Nov 2006] .] That would pass the following points from Harbin east:
Harbin(7,573 km from Moscow)
Suifenhe(8,121 km), the Chinese border station
Grodekovo(8,147 km), Russia
The Trans-Mongolian line follows the same route as the Trans-Siberian between
Moscowand Ulan Ude, and then follows this route to Mongoliaand China:
* Branch off from the Trans-Siberian line (5,655 km from Moscow)
Naushki(5,895 km, MT+5), Russian border town
Russian– Mongolian border (5,900 km, MT+5)
* Sükhbaatar (5,921 km, MT+5), Mongolian border town
Ulan Bator(6,304 km, MT+5), the Mongolian capital
Zamyn-Üüd(7,013 km, MT+5), Mongolian border town
Erenhot(842 km from Beijing, MT+5), Chinese border town
Datong(371 km, MT+5)
*The Trans-Siberian Railway is the theme for the
Trans-Siberian Railway Panoramaand 1900 Trans-Siberian Railway Fabergé egg.
Corto Maltesecomic "Corto Maltese en Sibérie" has the Trans-Siberian Railway as part of the story that takes place in the Russian Revolutionary Period of the 20th Century.
*The cult film
Horror Expressstarring Peter Cushing, Christopher Leeand Telly Savalasis set aboard the railway.
*In the movie
Fiddler On The Roof, Tevye's daughter, Hodel, takes the Trans-Siberian Railway to Siberiaafter her fiancé is exiled there.
*The 2008 thriller "Transsiberian" takes place on the railway.
Moscow intends to upgrade the line, as its technology is dated. Talks are being held to upgrade the line with Japanese
Shinkansenmakers, aimed at reducing end-to-end time from seven to 2–3 days, mostly for freight. Hopes are that there will be a large market for shipping goods from North Asia to Europe, being much quicker than by ocean. However, since this is a big project, it will most likely be done in stages, and will not be fully completed until after 2030. It is unclear whether or not a passenger line is being looked into.
January 11, 2008, China, Mongolia, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany agreed to collaborate on a cargo train service between Beijingand Hamburg. [ [http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/2008/01/11/138592/Beijing-to.htm Beijing to Hamburg fast cargo rail link planned - The China Post ] ]
Trans-Siberian Railway Panorama
History of Siberia
Starlight Express, a train musical in which a character is modeled on the Trans-Siberian Express.
*Cite book| author=Marks, S.G.| title=Road to Power: The Trans-Siberian Railroad and the Colonization of Asian Russia, 1850–1917| location=New York| year=1991| id=ISBN 0801425336|
*Cite book| author=Thomas, Bryn| year=2003| title=The Trans-Siberian Handbook| edition=6th ed.| publisher=Trailblazer| id=ISBN 1-873756-70-4|
* [http://www.eng.rzd.ru/wps/portal/rzdeng?STRUCTURE_ID=87&layer_id=3290&id=481 Trans-Siberian Railway at Russian Railways]
* [http://eng.rzd.ru/vtour/index.html Trans-Siberian Virtual Train Trip]
* [http://www.suvenirograd.ru/sights.php?lang=2&id=154&filtr_s=154/ The history and attractions Trans-Siberian Railway ] (English, Russian)
* [http://www.transsib.ru/Eng/ The Trans-Siberian Railway: Web Encyclopedia]
* [http://www.waytorussia.net/TransSiberian/ Guide to the Trans-Siberian Railway]
* [http://www.bisnis.doc.gov/bisnis/isa/010202KhabTransp.htm Transportation Overview in the Khabarovsk Krai Region of Russia] from U.S. Department of State
*Journals, photos, videos and a breakdown of costs from [http://www.globalcitizen.co.uk/adventures/transsiberian/index.html a British traveller's website]
*For timetables, see [http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en Travel planner of German Railways] (covers Europe, as well as at least each branch of the Trans-Siberian Railway) and [http://www.lernidee-reisen.de/_ressourcen/inhalte/produkte/statisch/transsib_individuell/transsib_2004.pdf time-table with distances (pdf)] ; note that Moscow time applies for railways throughout Russia.
* [http://www.parovoz.com/indexe.php The site about railways in C.I.S. and Baltics]
* [http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/29196/an//page/vc/vc/1 Google Earth Trans-Siberian Railway placemarks and path]
* [http://www.seat61.com/Trans-Siberian.htm The Man in Seat 61] - detailed guide for travel from London to China and Japan.
* [http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.ndlpcoop/mtfxtx.nb0004 "Guide to the Great Siberian Railway"] (1900)
The North American Review(Volume 170, Issue 522, May 1900).
* [http://abc.net.au/news/specials/transsiberia/default.htm The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Moscow correspondent writes a travel blog about her trip on the Trans-Siberian.]
* [http://www.SiberianExpedition.ca Siberian Expedition website]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/excessbaggage/index_20061111.shtml Simon Raven and Chris Raven, authors of the cult travel book 'The Linger Longer: Driving the Trans-Siberian', talk about their 11,000 mile journey across Russia in a £300 Ford Sierra on BBC Radio 4's travel programme Excess Baggage.]
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