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Circum-Baikal Railway

  Lake shore along the old road
(Locator); (Russia Tourist Map)...the construction of the 84 km Circum-Baikal Railway as part of the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Port Baikal Station to Mysovaya Station took 4 years. The challenge of building this short rail, in comparison with the Trans-Siberian Railroad as a whole, was the lake's nearly vertical mountainous granite shoreline. There was no way to avoid Baikal's mountains. The 1905 war with Japan created the pressure to cut through it in the shortest time possible. The resulting plan for support included many arches and tunnels. The design and planning was brainstormed by numerous engineers, including some from Poland, Italy and England, who managed to fit 48 arches and tunnels in the 52-mile section from Kultuk to Port Baikal. With a few exceptions, the tunnels are not very long. Polovynny Cape has the longest one (807 m). This is in addition to many bridges supporting the walls! It is not a surprise that this part of Trans-Siberian railroad, a true masterpiece of engineering, was quickly nicknamed "The Golden Buckle of the Great Siberian Trail" in reference to its cost. The Circum-Baikal Railway starts in Kultuk village and ends in Port Baikal. Kultuk village is situated 8 km before Sludyanka (if to travel by road from Irkutsk). The railway can be visited in a one-day trip on one of the following two routes:

Option 1: Irkutsk - Listvyanka - Circum-Baikal Railway - Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Option 2: Irkutsk - Sludyanka - Port Baikal - Listvyanka - Irkutsk

Distance between Irkutsk and Listvyanka: 70 km / 44 miles
Distance between Irkutsk and Sludyanka: 106 km / 66 miles
Distance between Sludyanka and Port Baikal: 92 km / 57 miles
Distance between Port Baikal and Listvyanka: 4 km / 2.5 miles

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Tours

Combo (<10 days) / Rafting the Irkut River
Day/Weekend / Listvyanka ToDo List
Day/Weekend / Meeting Lake Baikal
Rail / Deluxe: Trans-Siberian Express (15 days)
Rail / Theme: The Golden Buckle (Circum-Baikal) RR

Related destinations

Irkutsk
Bolshiye Koty village
Listvyanka village
Olkhon Island Area
Sludyanka village
Trans-Manchurian RR
Trans-Mongolian RR
Trans-Siberian RR

Stone bridge Along the Lake Museum - old train




 

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