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Inspirational, legendary and hugely ambitious—this is the story of the colossal engineering feats that allowed travellers to cross a continent in style.

Spanning 5,772 miles across seven time zones, the Trans-Siberian Railway was completed on 5 October 1916 after 25 years of engineering ingenuity, innovation and back-breaking labour.

This exhibition will explore the extraordinary engineering challenge behind the railway’s construction, its social and economic impact on Russia and the unique experience of travelling onboard.

It will bring to life the story of one of the world's most celebrated railway journeys, with objects including a famous Fabergé Easter egg, model carriages of a Trans-Siberian Express train and intriguing documents and drawings from the archives.

A raft of loans from museums, galleries, archives and libraries in Russia and the UK also feature.

Trans-Siberian: The World’s Longest Railway opens to the public on 26 March 2021, with the exhibition at the National Railway Museum and a smaller display at the Science Museum in London until 5 September 2021.

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Film courtesy Daniil Zinchenko, Seven Days in Seven Minutes, 2018.

Photos courtesy:

Central Museum of Railway Transport, St Petersburg
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums