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CIRCUM BAIKAL LOOP

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Baikal Loop is one of oldest and most beautiful parts of the Trans Siberian Railway. It’s righteously regarded “The Golden Buckle of Russian Railway”

At present the Circum Baikal Railway constitutes an integrated historical, architectural and engineering-landscape monument of federal significance.

The terrain round lake Baikal is quite mountainous, therefore construction of the railroad along its shores demanded great engineering skills. Just imagine, within 85 km (53 mi) there are 39 tunnels, 16 free-standing galleries, 470 pipes, bridges, viaducts and 14 km (9 mi) of supporting walls! Builders of this railroad had to blow up rocks to lay railway tracks along rocky and steep Baikal shores. The road went across numerous rivulets flowing into the lake, met many swampy areas on its way. In the early XXth century, when this railway was made, almost all works were done by hands and the instruments were very simple. One can only wonder how people managed to raise these splendid sound constructions that will keep on functioning for many centuries to come.

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Ironically the most scenic part of Circum Baikal Railway with numerous tunnels and galleries was used less than 50 years. After a dam construction in Irkutsk a part of the railroad along the Angara river was flooded, and now the section from Kultuk to Port Baikal along the south-eastern part of the lake became a dead-end route. At the moment Circum Baikal railway is used for tourist purposes. A special train takes people from Irkutsk for a one day trip along this famous railway. The train stops in the most beautiful sections of the route and guests have an opportunity to visit the tunnels, take photos of the Old Railway or just to relax on the shores of mighty Baikal. As soon as the train comes to a terminal station tourists are invited to take a ferry to the other shore of Baikal and then go back to the city. This relaxing and pleasurable trip is quite popular among both foreign and local guests.

1-day trip along the Circum Baikal Loop is possible on the following days:

Each Wednesday and Saturday - starting point IRKUTSK

08:10 a.m. Departure by train from Irkutsk to Slyudyanka Settlement 08:10 a.m.
10:30 a.m. Arrival in Slyudyanka. From here the train starts moving along the Old Circum Baikal Railroad.
5-6 stops en route to take photos and walk around, have lunch, etc. Duration of stops vary from 20 to 90 minutes.
19:00 p.m. arrival in Port Baikal. Ferry to Listvyanka Village.
19:30 p.m. arrival in Listvyanka. Transfer to Irkutsk by bus.
22:00 p.m arrival in Irkutsk by bus. 

Each Thursday and Sunday - starting point LISTVYANKA

08:30 a.m. Departure from Irkutsk to Listvyanka by bus
09:45 a.m. Arrival in Listvyanka. Ferry to Port Baikal.
10:40 a.m. Arrival in Port Baikal. From here the train starts moving along the Old Circum Baikal Railroad.
5-6 stops en route to take photos and walk around, have lunch, etc. Duration of stops vary from 20 to 90 minutes.
18:35 p.m. Arrival in Slyudyanka by train. Train trip Slyudyanka - Irkutsk.
22:00 p.m. Arrival in Irkutsk by train.

 

 

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