0 km on the Trans Siberian Railway

The Trans Siberian Railway might be 9298 kilometre long, but it has to start somewhere – which happens to be Moscow’s Yaroslavsky railway station.

Clock on the station building at Yaroslavsky railway station

On the platform you will find the ceremonial 0 km starting point of the railway.

Start of the 9298 kilometre long Trans Siberian Railway journey

The marker was erected in 2001 to mark the centenary of the Trans Siberian Railway.

Historical marker erected in 2001 to mark the centenary of the 9298 kilometre long Trans Siberian Railway

Confusion with opening dates

The Trans Siberian Railway isn’t a single railway, hence some confusion as to the completion date.

  • 1891: construction began from both the western (Moscow) and eastern (Vladivostok) ends.
  • 1901: Trans-Manchurian Railway completed, linking Vladivostok via China to Siberia and the rest of Russia.
  • 1904: Circum-Baikal Railway replaces the ferry link across Lake Baikal.
  • 1916: Amur Railway completed, enabling a Trans Siberian journey entirely within Russia.

Further reading

BBC News has an article on the 2001 centenary, while Bernard H. Wood has this piece on the forgotten 2016 centenary.

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