The Trans-Mongolian

What is it? The Trans-Mongolian is a line on the Trans-Siberian railway that follows an old caravan route from China to Russia across Mongolia. Passing through Ulaanbaatar and the Gobi desert, it connects the city of Ulan Ude, Russia, to Jining, China, where it connects to the Chinese railway system, continuing south to Beijing. It was built…

The Trans-Manchurian

What is it The Trans-Manchurian is a branch of the Trans-Siberian railway that connects Russia with China, specifically from Chita(Russia) through Manzhouli (on the border) to Harbin (China), from where one can continue on to Beijing.  The line was originally built by Russia as the western branch of the Chinese Eastern Railway.   How to buy…

Central Asia rail routes

The Central Asian railroad network was designed during the Soviet period, so no wonder if the main routes connect the five Republics with Moscow, that was the heart of the infrastructure system at that time. Central Asian railroads are therefore mainly oriented north-south, and almost all of the train routes going to Central Asia from…

The BAM: Baikal-Amur Mainline

What is it The Baikal–Amur Mainline (Baikalo-Amurskaya Magistral’), also known as BAM, is a 4,300 km long railway line that uns north and parallel to the Trans-Siberian Railway, crossing Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East, some of Russia’s least hospitable lands. It was built primarily for military reasons as a strategic alternative to the Trans-Siberian, which…