thursday, 24th july 2008
Timetable for the day:
from Vienna (11:28) to Bratislava (12:37) with a local train
at Bratislava (13:47) changing to a fast-train going to Kosice
en-route at Zilina (16:34/16:42) boarding the Russian sleeping car to Moscow, which is attached here
Slovakian border check at unnamed border check platform before midnight
Me and my bags...
Together with Katrin and Florian (they arrived the evening before from Frankfurt) we took the "elektrichka" to the Südbahnhof, where we met Manfred and continued to Bratislava on a local train.
At Bratislava main station...
...we bought sausages (this here is Manfred's sausage together with it's owner), which we ate then on the train to Kosice.
At Zilina the sleeping car to Moscow is attached to the train. It is quite full from the beginning, there were also some astronomers from Slovakia travelling to Novosibirsk to watch the solar eclipse there.
Katrin and Florian "reading" Komsomolskaja Pravda...
friday, 25th july 2008
timetable for the day:
Ukrainian border check at Chop (0:06/3:32)
boogie-changing for Soviet-broad gauge tracks
during the night crossing the Carpathian mountains
during the day across Ukraina via Lvov 9:45/10:10, Hmelnizkij, Vinniza, Kiev 20:00/20:36 to Konotop (Ukrainian border check, 23:10/23:30)
during the night crossing the Russian border
At the Ukrainian border station Chop the boogies of our sleeping-car are exchanged, as the trains in the former USSR run on broad-gauge (the difference between the rails is 1520mm instead of 1435mm). After that the sleeping-car is attached to a Budapest - Moscow train, which conveys also cars like Venezia - Moscow, Zagreb - Moscow and Belgrade - Moscow.
Border formalities are no problem.
Next morning: Lviv (Lvov, Lemberg) railway station.
Lunch in the dining car.
Irina from Hmelnizkij was the 3rd passenger (in Manfred's and my compartment) from Hmelnizkij till Brjansk.
saturday, 26th july august
timetable for the day:
Russian border check at Brjansk (3:52/4:24)
arriving at Moskva Kievskaja station at 9:53
leaving from Moskva Kazanskaja station at 13:19 with train no. 96
on the train via Vekovka, Murom, Sergach to Kazan (2:08/2:28)
Arriving at Moscow Kievskij station.
My friend Alexander picked us up and drove our luggage to this flat, we followed by metro (not enough space in his car). Vera, his girlfriend, prepared a very good lunch for us and we had an opportunity to take a shower. The then went to Kazanskij station, from where our train to Barnaul departed.
Train 96 to Barnaul at Kazanskij station
The train was full, we had a 4-bed-compartment for us. Among the other passengers there were also many tourists travelling to the solar eclipse.
Our living room for the next few days ;-)
At Sergach station
sunday, 27th july 2008
on the train from Sarapul via Druzhinino, Sverdlovsk (17:17/17:40 Moscow time) to Tjumen (23:02/23:23 Moscow time)
somewhere in the Ural
at Druzhinino station
25-minutes stop at Sverdlovsk station (Yekaterinburg)
monday, 28th july 2008
on the train from Omsk (7:56/8:26 Moscow time) via Tatarskaja, Karasuk to Kulunda (18:12/19:02 Moscow time)
At Omsk station
The two twin-brothers of compartment no. 9
Our train was 18 cars long. Here it is pulled by half 2TE10 (= one section), a double-section diesel locomotive. The route branches off the Transsiberian mainline at Tatarskaya and this branch line to Karasuk isn't electrified.
View from the train near Karasuk:
Again the twins...
In the dining car
tuesday, 29th july 2008
early morning arrival at Barnaul (2:20 Moscow time = 5:20 local time).
then transfer by minibus "Gazel" (company Bijsk Altaj Tur) to Aktash in the Altai-mountains.
Early morning arrival (2:20 Moscow time = 5:20 local time) at Barnaul station.
The minibus from "Bijsk Altaj Tur" was already waiting there, and we drove to the airport to pick up the others.
En-route at Bijsk (150 km from Barnaul) we were driven to the office of "Bijsk Altaj Tur", where we payed for the trip and left some luggage, which we wouldn't need during the hiking trip.
At a supermarket we bought some food and at petrol-station Matthias bought 1,5 liters of petrol for his petrol-cooker:
Also we went to a sport-shop to buy some new hiking boots for Katrin, as she noticed that the one she brought were almost broken.
At Gorno-Altajsk (km 250 from Barnaul) we made a stop at the office of the mountain-rescue-service "Пойсково-спасательный отряд Горно-Алтайск" to give them notice about our planned trip and return date. We also had a satellite-phone with us, so we could have called them in case of emergency:
The official paper from "Пойсково-спасательный отряд Горно-Алтайск"
From Gorno-Altajsk we continued on the M52-road via Ust-ema, Tuzkta, Ongudaj, Inja to Aktash. A long road trip in a beautiful landscape!
During the road trip at Ongudaj
About 5 km after Aktash we finally at 22:00 arrived at the place, from were we would continue next day to the mountains.
The total trip from Barnaul was more than 600 km.