Trans-Siberian Railway - Moscow to Pacific Ocean

Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to the Russian naval port of Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean. A journey of seven days, traversing seven time zones and crossing sixteen great rivers. Anne and Olaf Meinhardt spent six months travelling by train between Moscow, Vladivostok and Beijing. They have documented their experiences in a richly illustrated book containing many magnificent large photographs!

They write that:

It's a long cherished dream, an unfathomable longing to cross the Euroasian continent once on the world's longest train-ride..to dip one's feet into the crystal-clear waters of Lake Baikal...gaze at Siberia's endless horizons, bask in the immense flickering mass of white birches...and finally - be it ever so far away - to feel the wind off the Pacific Ocean in Vladivostok. (p. 12).

The book records the journey in a number of chapters:

  • Russia's gigantic lifeline - On track through the eighth continent
  • The Way to Asia - From Moscow to the Urals
  • Through the endless expanses of Siberia - From Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk
  • The Pearl of Siberia - From Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude on the Baikal railway
  • One ticket: three countries - The Trans-Mongolian railway from Ulan-Ude to Beijing
  • Dense thickets and a sea of flowers - Through the taiga from Ulan-Ude to Vladivostok

The book apart from containing photographs and text about the trains, the country and the people also has a number of special sections on the following:

  • Battling swamps and permafrost - Glimpses into the history of the Trans-Siberian railway
  • Road of Tears - Forced labour on the Trans-Siberian railway
  • A window onto heaven - The Orthodox Church
  • Travelling on the Tsar's Gold (A Private Train)
  • Railway history in Novosibirsk
  • Biscuits, borscht and caviar - A taste of Russia or the trans-siberian diet
  • The old Circum-Baikal railway
  • A wild welcome ceremony - The maslenitsa butter week
  • Mongolian Olympics - The Naadam Festival
  • Harbin - China's Russian city
  • The Baikal-Amur mainline (BAM)
  • Arsenyev the explorer and the hunter Dersu Uzala

The Trans-Siberian Railway - From Moscow to the Pacific Ocean

Author - Anne and Olaf Meinhardt
ISBN - 978-3-7658-1737-3
Publisher - Published in 2008 by C J Bucher Publishing .
Book Availability - Amazon (UK) - Amazon (US) - BookFinder

The book is of a large size - 30cm x 37cm.

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This page was added on 04 April 2009.