The Russian Railways & World War 2

The first part of this journey, 1500 miles or so from Moscow to the remote city of Labytnangi on the edge of the Arctic Circle, can be travelled by regular passenger train. Departing from Yaroslavskaya Station in Moscow every other day, the ‘Polar Arrow’ express sleeper train takes around 48 hours to reach the end of the line at Labytnangi. Travelling across a bleak, almost featureless landscape for hour after hour, travellers have plenty of time to reflect on the terrible conditions under which the railway line was originally built, during WWII.

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