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I continue with the presentation of Trans Siberian train.

The types of trains:
Fast train (skorry poezd) – Very comfortable and fast trains with minimum stops only in large cities. Convenient timetable (departure at night, arrival at the morning). Average speed – 70-90 km/h.
Fast train with special name (firmeny poezd) – All the same, only better service level (cleaner cars, politer attendants). Average speed – 60 km/h
Passenger train (passazhirskiy poezd) – Looks like an intercity train more stops. Average speed – 40-50 km/h.
Speed train (skorostnoj poezd) – Train number from 161 to 169. Very comfortable trains with average speed 100 km/h. All cars equipped with DVD player, comfortable seats. Only available on some specific routes.
Classes on the Trans-Siberian Railway

First Class has two berths in each cabin, 9 compartments per coach. All compartments are lockable.

Second Class has four comfortable beds per cabin, 9 compartments per coach. All compartments are lockable. Second classes on the trans-siberian train are also known as Kupe.
Third Class consists of an open-plan dormitory car with 54 bunks per coach, arranged in bays of 4 on one side of the aisle and bays of 2 along the coach wall. Third classes on the trans-siberian trains are also known as platskartny.

If you known me even a little bit, you guess I chose platskartny. I went only a part of the whole route, 3700 km from Perm to Irkutsk, 61 hours. There were three trains in a day. I chose three days and two nights, it was possible also to go three nights and two days.
Whichever class of travel you choose, each coach is looked after by attendants called a ‘provodnik’ (male) or ‘provodnitsa’ (female). The provodnik will check your ticket at the door to the sleeper when you board. Shortly after departure, the provodnik will give the bedding (two sheets, pillowcase and towel) out in sealed packs – blankets and mattresses will already be stacked in your compartment. A samovar with unlimited free hot water is available at the end of the corridor – pack some tea or coffee, sugar, soups or water-based drinking chocolate and bring your own mug. Most long distance trains have a restaurant car serving drinks, snacks, and inexpensive full meals – less than EUR 20 for two courses and a couple of bottles of beer.

I have went already by other famous train - The Ghan in Australia. There the route was shorter, 3000 km but in two "pieces". Less comfortable because there were sitting places, not so good to sleep. And only one train in a week. what was similar - the landscape doesn't change much during the trip. In Australia it was red desert, in Russia - green forests all the time. And almost no people.

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