• Siberian Amur Yakutsk Mainline AYUM ‘Permafrost Express’

  • Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.
Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.

Moderators: Komachi, David Benton

  by Jeff Smith
Pretty amazing: SiberianTimes.com
Siberia’s amazing new railway - the ‘Permafrost Express’ - opens to passengers this month
Major engineering achievement will connect Russia’s largest region to Moscow by train for the first time.

This long-awaited, historic line was first planned in the tsarist era which came to an end 102 years ago.

Construction started under Stalin, but only now is the epic new railway called the Amur-Yakutsk Mainline - known as the AYAM line - fully opening.

Some 900 kilometres of the line will run over permafrost, a fact which makes it a major engineering accomplishment.

The new line connects the rest of the Russian Railways network in Siberia to Nizhny Bestyakh, a station across the Lena River from Yakutsk, the capital of Yakutia, also known as the Sakha Republic, the largest region in the country.

This means direct trains will run soon from Yakutia to Moscow and back.

The first passenger service on the line is scheduled on 27 July.
  by David Benton
Is this the line that had a 50 mile or so long tunnel planned and started. They hit problems , and ended up building a 100 mile detour around it . Wonder if they ever finished the tunnel .
  by spRocket
I've been wondering how that line was progressing. Here and there, I have seen pie-in-the-sky proposals to extend the line further, at least to Magadan on the Sea of Okhotsk, and the even bigger pie-in-the-sky of extending it to Chukotka and tunneling under the Bering Strait to Alaska. The last is something I rate as highly unlikely, and Magadan only slightly less so.

How does the railway deal with the extreme temperature swings in that part of the world? Yakutsk is one of the coldest major cities on earth in winter, and can be surprisingly warm in summer. That has to be murder on the rails and roadbed.