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    • Well yes, but since it has been transported to the launch site on these rails, I guess the photo qualifies for “Trains of Russia”.

      There are some more pictures here:

      http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=24900

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Moonshot

      http://isdc.unige.ch/Newsletter/N10/

      http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1078928.html

      PS: Fantastic blog, by the way, whoever is responsible!

    • No, they’re solely for tourists and the like. The last new steam loco is built in 1956 or about. After that they were replaced with diesels, AC and DC. After 1956 USSR restored used steam locomotives to “as good as new” state and exported them to developing countries. Latest models of steam locomotives are really cool, they have fully automated coal feed and ashes removal.

  1. In pic 63 you can see logo “RVR” on the train. This means “Rigas Vagonu Rupnica” – “Riga Carriage Factory”, now in Latvia.

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  3. Those photos remind me of why I wish I could go bicycling in Russia. Not in all of those places, of course, and not in winter. But unfortunately, it’s unlikely to happen at all.

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    • “Finish MGIMO”?

      U wanted to say “Graduated from MGIMO”? -)
      U’r not a native speaker either…

      So don’t make fun of others.

  5. You just got on the front page of Digg. Brace yourself for the swarm and bandwidth requirements since those pictures are big…

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    • You are very optimistic: “especially while lumbering trees in Siberia serving your 25 years sentence” if you are no Russian! Non Russians were getting jobs in maintenance, kitchens, kafeterias, hospitals but not at GENERAL WORK which was saved for the Race which had to be exterminated,
      Slavs and Baltic peoples.
      Russians were sentenced to “General Work” under -40, -50 Celsious and their life in GULAG was muvh shorter.
      In KOLIMA was 2 WEEKS, digging gold and diamonds at so called Cold Pole of the Earth.
      Political commissairs were greeting slaves with:
      “We brought you here to die, not to work!”

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    • Photos seem to be from the time of Soviet Union, not contemporary photos.

      You are very optimistic: “especially while lumbering trees in Siberia serving your 25 years sentence” if you are no Russian! Non Russians were getting jobs in maintenance, kitchens, kafeterias, hospitals but not at GENERAL WORK which was saved for the Race which had to be exterminated,
      Slavs and Baltic peoples.
      Russians were sentenced to “General Work” under -40, -50 Celsious and their life in GULAG was muvh shorter.
      In KOLIMA was 2 WEEKS, digging gold and diamonds at so called Cold Pole of the Earth.
      Political commissairs were greeting slaves with:
      “We brought you here to die, not to work!”

  11. Awesome photos really! Some steam loco photos were made in Ukraine this year, there was an excursion for train enthusiasts organized by a British operator.

    Some years ago it was almost impossible to find railway photos of former USSR states. In just 2-3 years the level of photos published online grew up amazingly, in quantity and quality. Seems a lot of people there have been taking up this hobby.

    I am also a hobbist train photographer, I’ve visited Ukraine and found a trains wonderland there. In E.U. train photography is becoming more and more difficult, fences everywhere and a lot of suspicion against camera carriers because of terrorism paranoia. In Ukraine everything is still loose, i can cross tracks, get out of platforms to get the best shot and noone bothers, they don’t even give a glance to me. Only a couple of people came to ask me only from curiosity, i told them “journalist” and they let me continue my job!

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  13. The Russian Gauge for a track is 5 feet. Are there any standard gauges (4 ft 8.5 inches) in Russia or former Soviet republics?

  14. you talking about RUSSIAN peoples!!!!we are steel nation and steel peoples! ! ! ! !cannot be hurt! ! ! !! like PUTIN our CZAR! ! ! !steel smile on steel face ob steel neck on steel body! ! ! !!

    we show U ASS we rule! ! !SOON! ! !

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  16. Beautiful collection of trains. They really are such an advanced form of transportation. There are only so many places to go.

  17. Brilliant sets of trains from Russia. This makes me want to go there some days. Travel on the snowy winter does worry me somehow.

  18. Brazil as one of the biggest countries in continuos territory should follow the examples of contries that use the railroads as a way of transport like Japan, Russia etc. Unfortunately we have a small railroad web.

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  21. Thanks for posting this English Russia. Some of these fodes are amazing, the bridges, the steamers etc…this is what I enjoy the most about this site.

    Is the train with 3P-10 on the front a wreck?

    I don’t know about China but I thought India was the last refuge of steam loc’s.

    ps: Fcxuck Putin he is as bad as Bush (ok less incompetent but still).

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    • 1. Steam engines are used only for tourist trains, or as steam generators.
      There is, however, a single photo of a freight train pulled by a steam engine – this is sometimes done only to keep them in a good shape (for tourists…) and in remote areas.
      2. ‘Backward’ countries, as of railway development, are: the US is VERY backward, India (YEP! SAFETY above all!) and many others… But NOT Russia. Actually most of the HUGE Russian network is electrified. The Moscow-SPb line is high-speed (200 km/h), soon to be upgraded for 250 km/h up to Helsinki. Modern Russian trains are underrepresented in this post. Go to the site from which these pics were taken: parovoz.com, to see both old and modern Russian trains. You’ll be envying us, Russians, very soon 🙂

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  25. Awesome collection. Actually, at least 5 or 6 of those pictures are from Ukraine!! There’s a picture of an engine at the Kiev, Ukraine train station with the emblem of “Ukrzaliznytsia” on the front. There are several pictures from the Carpathian mountains (Lviv – Uzhhorod route), of places that I recognize!

  26. It is quote from soviet era short humorous story.
    “- How much time?
    – Twenty watches.
    – Such much!
    – To whom how.
    – MGIMO finished?
    – Ask…”

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  29. The Soyuz one was good, at first I saw the rocket and said “something wrong” then scroll down and saw the tracks.
    Very nice post thank you!

  30. The Soyuz one was good, at first I saw the rocket and said “something wrong” then scroll down and saw the tracks.
    Very nice post thank you!

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  32. i’m from russia and i have to tell u : some photoes made long ago, some – in railway museums and theme parks, but some are true reality of russian life

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  42. What wonderful photos, and what stunning scenery! It makes me want to visit your beautiful country – not just for the art museums (which are legendary) but for the sheer gorgeousness of the countryside. I hope with the coming Winter Olympics, more people around the world will discover this aspect of Russia!

  43. You have wonderful photos some of your engines are similar to the ones we have in Africa Kenya How old could thy be.

  44. Beautiful photos – especially ones of long trains. I own small industrial railway, but have only small diesel switchers to work our yards. Is any Russian locos for sale?

  45. Great picture, because I,m a train lover…and also engine lover…need permission to link this to my blog, to spread these amazing pictures to Indonesia people….and also permission to copy the picture for private collection.
    Thanks..

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  47. Unfortunately, the author can download these photos on the site Parovoz.com specially made so it would be Russian Railways looked old and bad. You would think that in Russia year-round winter, except for steam-locomotives and nothing else. It’s a lie. And unfortunately the author has forgotten that the Cold War ended. Believe me, the winter we have only 3-4 months, and the snow is not the whole year. Steam locomotives we go only as exhibition copies. And the Bears do not walk in our cities. It is in Europe still used screw coupling, but not our railways. Picture where shows locomotive in blue-red color was done in Mongolia. Some pictures, taken in the Baltic countries. Two small steam locomotive standing nearby – is the production of the movie. A great pity that the author of this post understands Russia so wrong. Best wishes.

  48. Keep 100%. All pictures taken from old sources – biased. No steam locomotives in Russia. Only in museums. In Europe, the steam engines working up to 90 years of the last century. At this time in Russia, people have forgotten what they look like already. Look at website parovoz.com, if you can not come to Russia and see in person.

  49. Especially for the Miss India, you really live in this country? Or is it just a nickname? I very much respect your country, like many people in Russia. We watch Indian movies, TV shows, especially like the subsequent films in Bollywood. But it seems that in your country, passengers are still riding on the roofs of cars?
    Please, do not be offended.

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