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Monday, 29 December 2008
The first train, from St Petersburg to Moscow, was only an eight-hour overnight hop - the shortest of the four train journeys which made up our holiday. We spent over a week on trains, in total. Here are some railway photos:
Our train Rossiya is the one on the right; on the left, train 4 which was apparently racing us across Siberia (always stopping about ten minutes after we did).
Every day on train 2 (Rossiya) we were given a small ration pack. The crackers, butter & coffee were lifesavers - but we still had all the packets of ketchup left at the end.
On almost every platform - however small the station - at least one trader turned up to try and sell us drinks, snacks, or soft toys. The ones with the metal carts were the more organised operations; others simply had a small carrier bag of goodies.
This was the engine which took us from Mongolia to China... I'm getting ahead of myself, but isn't it stunning!