Russian Train Bomb

By Bryan • photography, travel • 29 Nov 2009

From the Globe:

Russian officials opened a terror investigation Saturday, saying that a homemade bomb planted on the tracks of the high-speed Moscow-to-St. Petersburg route caused a derailment that killed at least 26 people and injured dozens more.

I never rode that particular line to St. Petersburg.  I exited Russia via the Moscow-Riga (Lativa) line.

However, somewhere near the Mongolian border I was rustled out of my compartment in the wee morning hours and outside on to a non-descript platform.  Russian border police with dogs were pouring over the train searching for something.  I never received a clear answer to what exactly was going on, although one of the car attendants mumbled the word “bomb” and that this was either a training exercise (at the expense of passengers) or a legitimate search.  Either way, none of the Russian passengers appeared to surprised by the search.  About 30 minutes later, we were allowed back on to the train.

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Some random Trans-Siberian shots from 2008.

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3 Responses

  1. Allison

    How long did that whole trip take you?

    • About 15 days. Normally a TS trip will take about 9 or 10, but I stopped in Irkutsk for about 4 days. Although, because of the 9 time zones (10, if you include the train’s own temporal zone), time has no meaning on this train.

  2. Sue Crosby

    ‘time has no meaning on this train………’ That would make a great song!

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