To The Edge Of The World by Christian WolmarIt is the worlds longest railway line. But it is so much more than that, too. The Trans-Siberian stretches nearly 6,000 miles between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast and was the most ambitious railway project in the nineteenth century. A journey on the railway evokes a romantic roam through the Russian steppes, but also reminds travellers of the vastness of our world and hints at the hardships that were endured in its construction.
Christian Wolmar expertly tells the story of the Trans-Siberian railway from its conception and construction under Tsar Alexander III, to the northern extension ordered by Brezhnev and its current success as a vital artery. He also explores the crucial role the line played in both the Russian Civil War -Trotsky famously used an armoured carriage as his command post - and the Second World War, during which the railway saved the country from certain defeat. Like the authors previous railway histories, it focuses on the personalities, as well as the political and economic events, that lay behind one of the most extraordinary engineering triumphs of the nineteenth century.
The Trans-Siberian Railway
The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railroad constructed. The project was first initiated by Czar Alexander III, developing into a 5, mile long railway that stretches from Moscow to Vladivostok. Built across the Siberian Peninsula, it took years to build under one of Earth's most environmentally hostile conditions. After copious amounts of government funding, the railroad was completed in , increasing Russia's rail network from 1, miles in to 45, miles in In , Murav'yov-Amurskiy, a general governor of the Eastern Siberia region introduced the concept of establishing a railway on the Siberian outlets of Russia. He hired the military engineer D. Romanov who surveyed and researched building a railway that would stretch from the Amur River to the De-Kastri Bay.
Trans-Siberian line in red; Baikal—Amur Mainline in green. There are connecting branch lines into Mongolia , China and North Korea. It has connected Moscow with Vladivostok since , and is still being expanded. Even before it had been completed, it attracted travellers who wrote of their adventures. The railway is often associated with the main transcontinental Russian line that connects hundreds of large and small cities of the European and Asian parts of Russia.
Jul 27, The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railroad constructed. take over Manchuria, and proceeded to build a longer, more difficult route.
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Scenery along the Railway
It had great importance in the economic, military, and imperial history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Conceived by Tsar Alexander III , the construction of the railroad began in and proceeded simultaneously in several sections—from the west Moscow and from the east Vladivostok and across intermediate reaches by way of the Mid-Siberian Railway, the Transbaikal Railway, and other lines. Originally, in the east, the Russians secured Chinese permission to build a line directly across Manchuria the Chinese Eastern Railway from the Transbaikal region to Vladivostok; this trans-Manchurian line was completed in The Trans-Siberian Railroad thus had two completion dates: in all the sections from Moscow to Vladivostok were linked and completed running through Manchuria; in there was finally a Trans-Siberian Railroad wholly within Russian territory. The completion of the railroad marked the turning point in the history of Siberia , opening up vast areas to exploitation, settlement, and industrialization. In the Soviet Union, over the years, a number of spur lines have been built radiating from the main trans-Siberian line. From to construction was completed on a large alternative route, the Baikal-Amur Mainline; its route across areas of taiga, permafrost, and swamps, however, has made upkeep difficult.