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Ретропоезд – the heritage trains of Russia

In Russian there is a word for old time trains such as steam engines – «Ретропоезд». It roughly translates to “retro train”, and on my visit to Russia, I saw quite a few of them.

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Underground platforms at Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof

My first experience of the railways of Europe was at Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof, which happens to the busiest railway station in Germany – and the scale of the station was amazing, with a total of 32 platforms across three levels.

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Inspection crews on the Russian Railways

On my way across Russia by train I spent hours staring out the window at the passing scenery, and in that time I found plenty of railway staff looking just as intently at the tracks.

Walking the tracks with a measuring gauge Continue reading

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Travelling first class on the Russian Railways

On our visit to Russia we spent most of the time travelling in second class, but for Christmas Eve we decided to spend the extra money and book out a Spalny Vagon (1st class) compartment for just us.

Boarding the train, our first class compartment ready for our night crossing Russia Continue reading

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Track workers of the Russian Railways

As I travelled by train across Russia, one of the things that stood out was how often I’d find workers lineside, busy repairing the tracks.

Stereotypical workers: leaning on their shovels, as they wait for our train to pass Continue reading

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Moscow Metro train depots

Every railway needs somewhere to store and repair their trains – and the Moscow Metro is no different. On my visit I travelled past one of these facilities – the электродепо (electric train depot) at Фили (Fili) on the Filyovskaya Line.

Looking across the Moscow Metro depot at Фили (Fili) Continue reading

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Underground trains and forced air ventilation, Russian style

On metro systems all across Russia trains don’t have air conditioning, yet no matter how crowded they get, a gale of air somehow gets blown into the saloon as soon as the train departs the station. So how do they do it without electric fans?

Arriving train at a suburban Moscow Metro station Continue reading

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Stumbling upon a heritage train in Hungary

I spent a couple of days in Budapest on my trip across Europe, and on one of them I was lucky to stumble upon a heritage train parked at Budapest Keleti railway station.

MÁV heritage train at Budapest Keleti pályaudvar Continue reading

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Above ground sections of the Moscow Metro

When asked to think of the Moscow Metro, deep tunnels and ornately decorated stations are what usually come to mind. However the network is a big one, and there are always exceptions. So where does the Moscow Metro run above ground?

Moscow Metro train departs Студенческая (Studencheskaya) station Continue reading

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Dogs on the railway tracks

Dogs on the railway tracks – on my trip across Europe I found plenty of them.

Dog sniffing the railway tracks Continue reading

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