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Information Desk

This page is a collection of links to various "weird" informational resources about the railways of the former USSR. R denotes resources that are available in Russian only.
Consumer-oriented Information Technical Information
Named Trains
There are more than 300 named ("firmenny") trains in C.I.S. and Baltic states.
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about Russian railways
Border Crossings
A list of all railway border crossings in the former USSR.
Railway Timetables
This is a collection of more than 250 links to train timetables for Russia, C.I.S., and Baltic stations.
Book of Records
The most extraordinary facts about the railways of the former USSR.
Railway Ferries
Some information about railway ferries in the former USSR.
Station codes
7-digit codes of passenger stations in Russia, CIS, and Baltic states, as used by the Express-2 ticket booking system
Jokes
And - finally - almost 150 railway-related jokes! R
Russian Railway Slang
Slang words, nicknames, professional argot, including some indecent stuff. R
American Railway Slang
Slang words, nicknames, professional argot, including some indecent stuff.
Russian Railway Abbreviations
This is a new document recently derived from the Slang Dictionary. It contains railway-related abbreviations which are very popular in Russia R
Railway Gauges
The table that lists most of past and present railway gauges all over the world, by country and by width.
Locomotive and Multiple-Unit Depot Stations
Information about the types of rolling stock assigned to various depot stations in the former USSR. R
Largest Railway Stations R
An informal list of the largest railway stations in the former USSR.
Turntables R
A list of turntables at the railway stations in the former USSR.
Car and Loco Repair Plants R
A list of digital codes of car and locomotive repair plants and facilities in the former USSR.
Enumeration of Light Signals R
A short article by N. Lukin gives an overview of how different traffic light signals are enumerated.
Denotation of Rails R
A short article by LiS gives an overview of how different rail and tie types are denoted.
Autocoupler
A short article by LiS gives an overview of how an autocoupler works.
Electric rail circuits
A short article by LiS gives an overview of railway electric rail circuits.

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