13 Siberian Way From Achinsk To Irkutsk 1906-12, Part II

Siberian Way From Achinsk To Irkutsk 1906-12, Part II

Posted on May 3, 2012 by team

The second portion of old photos showing the construction of the Siberian Way From Achinsk To Irkutsk 1906-12. You can see Part I here.


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13 Responses to “Siberian Way From Achinsk To Irkutsk 1906-12, Part II”

  1. Y5K says:

    Nowadays with the help of computer designers of civil engineering know the exact limit point of structure, but yesterday they could’t. So the bridges built at that time were certainly much stronger than today’s because they had to apply higher ratio to every safety factor than today. However for the same reason more materials spent than the bridge actually needed. They were stronger, less economical, I guess.

  2. Klukvin says:

    My grandmother is from Achinsk. I went to visit her there many times and always traveled by train. There are many bridges, nice rolling hills. Cool post!

  3. Daniel says:

    It is astounding to realize that the major engineering achievements of the 19th century, including this massive work, was done with hand tools and human sweat.

  4. Anastasis says:

    Well done

  5. Otis R. Needleman says:


  6. Osip says:

    Strange to see so many inverted bowstring truss bridges. They appear to be built upside down.

  7. Mercal says:

    So was this slave labor?

  8. Grole84 says:

    What a pity to see those workers/slaves/prisoniers…. Give them the name you prefer… Most of them died during the work and where left in the contryside wihtout any grave. Even dogs are well threated actualy !!! All this for the pride of the great soviet union…. So sad… =(

    • SHLOMO says:

      This is 1906-1912… Reds didnt take power till 1917/18. Nice try Grole.

      • Guest says:

        Doesn’t matter in fact. I also wanted to ask for pics in better quality, maybe ma grandpa could be seen. Or at least his watch stolen by liberators…

    • Maxim Ч. says:

      Yes. This was all done for the pride of a country that wasn’t even NEAR existing in 1906 when these pictures where taken. It was done for the pride and glory of the Tsar to who enslaved these people.

    • vorontsevich (f/k/a ayaa) says:

      What a great way to introduce yourself, Grole84!

  9. Kilroy Was Here says:

    What an unbelievably monumental undertaking and accomplishment. Good work…

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