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Virtual Trans Siberian Railway – Website of the Week

Virtual Trans Siberian Railway – Website of the Week

Virtual Trans Siberian Railway

It’s one of, if not, the most famous railway in the world, but now you can hop aboard the train in Moscow, skirt along the Volga river and weave through the Lower Urals without ever leaving your laptop.

How? Google Maps have teamed up with Russian Railways to present a virtual Trans Siberian experience. The well executed project allows anyone with an internet connection to watch the entire journey from the window of the train in real time and follow the route as it moves along the Google map below.

You can even choose from different sound tracks to accompany you on your way. There’s the comforting rumble of the train’s wheels, Tolstoy’s War and Peace (in Russian), or various Balalaika backdrops.

The project has been so well done that the obvious question is – do you now need to take a trip on the Trans Siberian for real? Will virtual travel experiences replace the real thing?

We suspect not. Seeing the landscape only serves to whet your appetite even more, so log on, hop aboard and head off on your own little Trans Siberian adventure and get a taste for this legendary rail journey for yourself.

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