Moscow-Vladivostok on the Trans Siberian Railway: virtual journey on Google Maps

One of my favorite parts of working in New York was commuting on the Erie-Lackawanna Railway. I mention that because this post is about train stuff, and I just wanted to admit up front that I’m total fan. (And I know that Erie-Lackawanna went belly up in 1972 and was ultimately merged into Conrail.)

A new web project for train nuts: a trip on the Trans Siberian Railway. Real time, not excerpts or highlights, with track noise, music or spoken audio, all the way from from Moscow to Vladivostok.

Moscow-Vladivostok: virtual journey on Google Maps:

The great Trans Siberian Railway, the pride of Russia, goes across two continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. The joint project of Google and the Russian Railways lets you take a trip along the famous route and see Baikal, Khekhtsirsky range, Barguzin mountains, Yenisei river and many other picturesque places of Russia without leaving your house. During the trip, you can enjoy Russian classic literature, brilliant images and fascinating stories about the most attractive sites on the route. Let’s go!

You don’t have to take the whole 9226 km trip, of course. You can jump to scenic and famous landmarks as you like.

Best part for me so far: playing the trip video that shows the right side passenger’s view, and selecting satellite view in the lower video. The website synchronizes the two views so you can see buildings, rivers and bridges from above as the train passes them.

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