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Traveling On The Shovel With The Trans-Siberian

Heaven knows that the Russia Today media network dispenses its fair share of propaganda,  but its You Tube channel often posts interesting documentaries.  It has a 9-episode show on the fabled Trans-Siberian Railway, presenting an unvarnished look at the realities of running a railroad in one of the most inhospitable regions of the planet.  In Episode 6 (linked below), the crew prepares to leave Vladivostok.  You can follow their shopping expeditions, including hunting for an iPad a stone’s throw from the Chinese border.  Talk about globalization!  Then the journey back to Moscow begins.  The electrical system malfunctions, and the crew has to heat the train the old-fashioned way- shoveling coal into a furnace!


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