Vladivostok is 7 hours ahead of Moscow so 002ЩА arrived, on time, at 7:05am local, which is 12:05 Moscow time. Coast to coast in Australia there is only 2 hours difference between the East and West Coast, helps to put into perspective the size of Russia.
Day 3 was from Svobodnyy to Vladivostok a distance of 1525 km. It was overcast with a few specs of blue, no rain. My first Siberian Trek is nearly over.
002ЩА Irkutsk to Vladivostok Day2 was a another grey and overcast day with a bit of rain. Good train weather.
I know what everyone is waiting to see, the 1st class toilet……
A lot cleaner and more “spacious” than the one on board 070Ч . There was also a lot less people traffic, so this is how the toilet stayed for the entire trip. The attendants were very active when comes to cleaning as well. No shower so still had to do the bird bath daily though.
The Dinning Car on 002ЩА was more modern, but one big different is no wine or spirits were sold. Found that to be weird.
002ЩА Irkutsk to Vladivostok Day1 was my first day back on a train as a part of my Siberian Trek after four very enjoyable days in Irkutsk and on Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal.
The lower the train number the more luxury, 001M is the same train in the opposite direction. 002ЩА is one of the luxury trains of Russian Railways, my cabin is in 1st Class.
This was definitely a step up from the 070Ч from Moscow to Irkutsk. My initial impression was that I should have booked this for the entire trip. Just felt more comfortable as I walked on, not really sure why, possibly the attendants were more experienced.
Trans Siberian Railway Day 3 on the 070Ч Moscow to Irkutsk train my first “official” day of my Trek in Siberia. The weather was a lot better, blue skies and around 20 C for most of the day
This morning’s sunrise was pretty spectacular, unfortunately my photos do not do it justice.
When I first went exploring it was before the dining car was open, so could not find it… After hearing from a few other passengers that was where they hung out, decided to go and check it out. Get’s full very quickly, they need a second dining car.
Trans Siberian Railway Day 2 on board the 070Ч Moscow to Irkutsk train was from Brantovka to Talitsa about 1433 kms. This was the second day of my Siberian Trek, and my first full day on board the train.
Sleeping was no problem, must have been the rocking and rolling.
we changed locomotives again, guessing now that the changes are crew related.
Each crew must look after their own equipment, so each crew change they swap
out the equipment
The locals at Balenzino were also selling souvenirs and soft toys along with cold drinks, instant noodles. A bit cool this morning, 10 C, and very grey.