Minsk Passazhirsky railway station

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Minsk Passazhirsky
Belorusskaja Železnaja Doroga
Station statistics
Address Belarus Minsk
Privokzalnaja Ploshad, 3[1]
Coordinates 53°53′26″N 27°33′2″E / 53.89056°N 27.55056°E / 53.89056; 27.55056Coordinates: 53°53′26″N 27°33′2″E / 53.89056°N 27.55056°E / 53.89056; 27.55056
Line(s) Minsk-Smolensk-Moscow
Minsk-Brest-Warsaw
Minsk-Gomel-Kyev
Minsk-Vilnius
Moskovskaya (Minsk Metro)
Structure type at-grade
Platforms 5
Tracks 14[2]
Parking yes
Other information
Opened 1873
Electrified yes
Owned by BŽD

Minsk Passazhirsky (Minsk Passenger Station, Belarusian: Мінск-Пасажырскі - Russian: Минск-Пассажирский) is the primary passenger railway station in Belarus. It is located in the centre of Minsk. It is sometimes called Minsk Ploshchad Lenina due to the metro station serving the terminal, or simply Minsk.

History[edit]

The station was built in 1873 as Vilenski vakzal, Vilnius station (Belarusian: Віленскі вакзал Russian: Виленский вокзал). The initial wooden building was demolished in 1890 and rebuilt in stone. During World War II Minsk railway station was completely destroyed. It was rebuilt in 1945-1946 and served until 1991. The new building of Minsk-Passazhyrski railway station was built in 1991-2002. Its construction was delayed due to financial difficulties. However now Minsk boasts one of the most modern and up-to-date railway stations in the CIS. There are plans to move all suburban rail traffic from Minsk-Passazhyrski to smaller stations Minsk-Uskhodni (East), Minsk-Paudnyovy (South) and Minsk-Paunochny (North) by 2020.

Traffic[edit]

National rail[edit]

Minsk Passazhirsky is the hub of national passenger transport. It is also served by several international trains to various countries of Europe, mainly to Russian and Ukrainian destination. Some of the international relations are the Vienna-Moscow express,[3] the Amsterdam-Moscow EuroCity, the Sofia-Minsk express,[4] the Minsk-Irkutsk express, the Pribaltika express Riga-Odessa and the Sibirjak express from Berlin to Novosibirsk, Ufa, Astana (in Kazakhstan), Adler and other Russian destination.

It is the center, with the neighbour Minsk Institut Kultury station, of a suburban rail[5] linking the capital to several cities and town of its suburb in the district and through the region.

Urban transport[edit]

The station is served by Minsk Metro at Ploshchad Lenina station (Lenin Square), part of the Moskovskaya Line. The station is also served by the tramway and by trolleybus.

Photogallery[edit]

Fototour: Minsk Railway station at night

See also[edit]

The Stalinist architecture of two buildings at the Station Square, located in front of the terminal

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Минск автомобильный (Minsk Avtomobilynyj). Minsk, 2008. ISBN 978-985-513-391-9
  2. ^ Some of them used for freight wagons and as depot
  3. ^ (German) Timetable plan of Vienna-Moscow train on ÖBB website
  4. ^ (German) Timetable plan of "Sofia-Minsk" train on ÖBB website
  5. ^ "Map of Minsk suburban railways on www.parovoz.com" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. 

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