Saturday, 8 September 2012
The Baikal Round- Railway Road, Siberia, Russia.
The Round Baikal Railway is a historical railway in the Irkutsk region of Russia. It runs along the Northern shore of the Southern extremity of the lake from the town of Slyudyanka to the Baikal settlement. The 89-km–long line covers the route Slyudyanka-2–Kultuk–Maritui–Baikal. Four stations are currently in operation: Kultuk, Maritui, Ulanovo, and Baikal, with one section of double track at 137 km. The Round-Baikal contains thirty-eight tunnels with a total length of 9063 m (the longest of them, a tunnel through cape Polovinnyj, is 777.5 m long). There are also 15 stone galleries with a total length of 295 m and 3 ferro-concrete galleries with apertures, 248 bridges and viaducts, and 268 retaining walls. The Circum-Baikal has no equal in Russia as to the richness of engineering constructions.
Take a full day train tour on the most exotic part of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The sacred lake with all its awesome beauty passes before the eyes of its passengers. On the one side, the rocks pile up unimaginably high. On the other side the waves from the lake lap over the carriage-wheels. The Round Baikal Railway is a unique monument of history and engineering architecture with numerous tunnels, elegant arches and protective walls placed on picturesque landscape. The part from Sludyanka settlement to Port Baikal is abundant in tunnels, arches and bridges supporting the walls. Foreign tourists respectfully name it as the museum of Russian engineering or the Golden Buckle of the Great Siberian Trail.