Two trains carrying the Soviet Union's top railway workers met a remote city on October 27, to signal the opening of the new trans-Siberian line.
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Background: TYNDA, USSR
Two trains carrying the Soviet Union's top railway workers met a remote city on October 27, to signal the opening of the new trans-Siberian line. The railway, known as 'BAM' because it runs from Lake Baikal to the Amur River, has taken ten years to build and has been dubbed the country's construction project of the century. The final stretch of track was laid on September 29, one year ahead of schedule. The two trains, one from the far eastern city of Komsomolk on the River Amur, and one from US-Kut at the northern end of Lake Baikal, travelled a total stretch of over 3,000 kilometres (almost 2,000 miles) to meet at the new town of Tynda, more than 5,000 kilometres (3,500 miles) east of Moscow. The new line lies several hundred kilometres north of the old railway dating from Tsarist times, and is further away from the Chinese border. Kremlin planners see it as a potential aid to Siberia's development.
Source: SOVIET TELEVISION (TSS)