16. At different stages of construction of the railway up 90 thousand people were involved.
17. Exiles and prisoners also worked on the construction of the railway – for that they received reduction of sentences.
18. During the time of the reforms of Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Empire Stolypin, farmers were given an opportunity to get a “cut” – a piece of land in Siberia and some money. In the early 20thcentury, the population of Siberia was growing at a rate of half a million people a year. Developing of Siberian lands dramatically increased agricultural production in Russia –by about 60% in the first 15 years of the 20th century. Siberia became a food supplier for Europe, and the second way for the Trans-Siberian Railway was needed.
19. The rate of construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway was 500-700 kilometers per year, accounting for the construction passing numerous rivers, including the largest rivers, through mountains, permafrost – it all seems like fiction even in our time.
20. Trans-Siberian Railway, which runs from the Yaroslavl station in Moscow and ends in Vladivostok –is the largest railway line in the world. Its length is 9,288.2 km.
21. Angasolskaya loop (7 km) is the steepest descent of the Trans-Siberian Railway (to Lake Baikal from the west) – 17 mil.
22. The only train station in the world made of marble is the train station Slyudyanka-1 (5311 km).
23. The longest tunnel of the Trans-Siberian Railway –under the Amur River – 7 km (non-operating). The longest tunnel in operation – Tarmanchukanskiy tunnel – 2 km. In total there were 15 tunnels built.
24. On the branch to Nakhodka there are stations more distant from Moscow than Vladivostok – Cape Astaf’eva and East Port.
25. The railroad crosses 16 major rivers in Europe and Asia, including the Volga, Kama, Yenisey, Amur and Irtysh.
26. In 2000, after the reconstruction of the railway bridge across the Amur River near Khabarovsk, the Trans-Siberian Railway became fully double-tracked.
27. In 2002, the railway from Moscow to Vladivostok was fully electrified.
28. New Great Silk Road. There is an agreement between a number of countries about direct freight transportation from Beijing (China) to Hamburg (Germany) through the Trans-Siberian Railway.
29. The world’s longest train in the world departed from Kharkov (Ukraine) to Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Travel time – 7 days 6 hours and 10 minutes (9,714 km). The train was then canceled.
30. Fast train “Russia” from Moscow to Vladivostok travels 6 days and 2 hours on the Trans-Siberian railway.
In writing this article some materials of the Russian Railways were used.