It was a very misty and overcast this morning, so no sunrise Siberian sunrise.
Another bland breakfast. Really need to get some Chili Sauce or Tobasco Sauce
One of the attendants was selling freshly baked Russian Style Sausage rolls / hot dogs. It tasted a lot better than breakfast.
For lunch the soup was again the only dish that had any taste. Pasta was a change.
Dinner was carrot and chicken with rice again, tasteless yet again.
Arrived at Krasnoyarsk about 5 minutes early. A large train station looks like a lot of new passengers joining, guess a lot will be getting off as well.
A more interesting station than usual 🙂
Guessing that this was a new inner city train, it looked pretty modern.
The Country Side
Most of houses is this part of Russia have their own greenhouses and market gardens. The soil is so fertile here so why not, plus I expect that fresh vegetables are not widely available at a reasonable price.
Our time on the platform at Ilanskaya was cut short of the scheduled 17 minutes for some reason, though there really was not much to see there. We still left at the scheduled time.
Just before Taishet on Trans Siberian Railway Day 4 we changed timezones yet again. Now 5 hours ahead of Moscow and the same timezone as Hong Kong and Singapore
A Wee Dram
As it was my last night on this train decided to have a Russian Vodka. Not bad, I know that there are better but have tried a lot worse. Will see what I can find before I head home.
I was saving a gift for this trip, bottle of Kavalan, direct from Taiwan, from a friend who I hope reads this post and understands how much I appreciate their generosity! THANKS!!!
Tried to capture another great Siberian sunset, but the dirty windows don’t help to do it justice.
Luckily one of the toilets in my carriage had a window that opened fully so I was able to take these photos of the 070Ч Moscow to Irkutsk train whilst we waited for another train to pass.
Late into Nizhneudinsk as we needed to wait for an express train.
Even though we had been around 20 minutes late earlier in the day / night we still arrived on time at 06:22 Irkutsk (Singapore) time.
Itinerary – 070Ч Moscow to Irkutsk
|Tyazhin||12:25:00 AM||2 m||12:27:00 AM||3780||2 d 10 h 35 m|
|Bogotol||1:42:00 AM||2 m||1:44:00 AM||3853||2 d 11 h 52 m|
|Achinsk-1||2:37:00 AM||55 m||3:32:00 AM||3921||2 d 12 h 47 m|
|Kozulka||4:29:00 AM||1 m||4:30:00 AM||3987||2 d 14 h 39 m|
|Krasnoyarsk Pass||6:29:00 AM||42 m||7:11:00 AM||4105||2 d 16 h 39 m|
|Uyar||9:11:00 AM||1 m||9:12:00 AM||4236||2 d 19 h 21 m|
|Zaozernaya||9:46:00 AM||2 m||9:48:00 AM||4271||2 d 19 h 56 m|
|Kansk-Eniseiskiy||11:02:00 AM||2 m||11:04:00 AM||4352||2 d 21 h 12 m|
|Ilanskaya||11:35:00 AM||17 m||11:52:00 AM||4384||2 d 21 h 45 m|
|Ingashskaya||12:20:00 PM||1 m||12:21:00 PM||4413||2 d 22 h 30 m|
|Tinskaya||12:45:00 PM||1 m||12:46:00 PM||4440||2 d 22 h 55 m|
|Reshoty||1:06:00 PM||1 m||1:07:00 PM||4460||2 d 23 h 16 m|
|Taishet||2:06:00 PM||5 m||2:11:00 PM||4523||3 d 0 h 16 m|
|Nizhneudinsk||4:41:00 PM||13 m||4:54:00 PM||4687||3 d 2 h 51 m|
|Tulun||6:33:00 PM||7 m||6:40:00 PM||4803||3 d 4 h 43 m|
|Kuitun||7:46:00 PM||1 m||7:47:00 PM||4882||3 d 5 h 56 m|
|Kimeltei||8:14:00 PM||1 m||8:15:00 PM||4914||3 d 6 h 24 m|
|Zima||8:43:00 PM||40 m||9:23:00 PM||4942||3 d 6 h 53 m|
|Zalari||10:14:00 PM||1 m||10:15:00 PM||4997||3 d 8 h 24 m|
|Cheremkhovo||11:09:00 PM||1 m||11:10:00 PM||5062||3 d 9 h 19 m|
|Day 4 Total||1342|
Day 5 (ish)
|Usolye-Sibirskoe||12:06:00 AM||2 m||12:08:00 AM||5125||3 d 10 h 16 m|
|Angarsk||12:31:00 AM||2 m||12:33:00 AM||5153||3 d 10 h 41 m|
|Irkutsk Sortirovochnyy||1:06:00 AM||2 m||1:08:00 AM||5185||3 d 11 h 16 m|
|Irkutsk Passazhirskiy||1:22:00 AM||35 m||5193||3 d 11 h 32 m|
|Day 5 Total||131|
Trans Siberian Railway Day 4
The last day of my journey on board the 070Ч Moscow to Irkutsk train was fairly uneventful. We were delayed by another train for about 20 mins which was caught up by the time we arrived in Irkutsk.
070Ч Moscow to Irkutsk
My journey from Moscow to Irkutsk took 3 days, 11 hours and 32 mins over a distance of 5,193 kms.
I did enjoy the trip but when I do the trip again, thinking a winter trek some time in the future, would definitely do things differently.
Firstly, would not pre-order the meals, would spend the extra cash to dine in the restaurant car and bring a couple of bottles of wine to enjoy over dinner, need to find out if they allow BYO in the restaurant.
Secondly, I would also travel on one of the newer trains as they have better facilities (though not by much apparently).
Thirdly, would take a 1st class cabin, felt a bit strange having 4 beds to myself :).