Yakutia is the biggest region of Russia, its size is comparable with the size of India. Transport is very important for the region, but it’s highly complicated due to the severe climate, long distances and the harsh landscape. Railways provide transport communication in any season of the year and any weather, being cheaper than automobile transport. The railway system of Yakutia began to develop in the late 1970s, when the railways stretched to the coal deposits of Neryungri district. In 1985 the railway Berkakit-Tommot-Yakutsk began to be constructed.
Nizhniy Bestyakh station
It takes the train more than 18 hrs to get to Neryungri in the south of Yakutia from this station.
The way to Khabarovsk takes 2 days 19 hours.
Electric locomotives are not used here yet
These domes copy the shape of “an urasa” – ancient summer house of the Yakut.
This rail token system was designed in the USSR back in the 1920s.
“Yakut Railways” is one of the biggest employers in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). It has about 1000 employees.