Sibirjak

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Sibirjak
Sibirjak.gif
Map of Sibirjak routes
Overview
Status Discontinued[1]
Locale Germany, Russia, Poland,
Belarus, Kazakhstan
Current operator(s) DB, RŽD, PKP, BŽD, KTŽ
Route
Start Berlin
End Novosibirsk (and others)
Service frequency One weekly
Technical
Track gauge 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 2732 in)
1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Logo of Sibirjak
Class 189 locomotive in Berlin Zoologischer Garten station
Passenger car in Berlin Zoologischer Garten station

Sibirjak is the German spelling of the Russian name (Сибиряк) of a passenger train which linked Berlin to some of main routes and cities of Russia. Its name means Siberian. (A conventional English form of the name would be Sibiryak or Siberiac.) The train passed through Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, partly traveling on the Trans-Siberian Railway. With 5,130 km from Berlin to Novosibirsk it was the longest route of any that depart from a station within the European Union. The train service was discontinued with effect from December 14, 2013, due to lack of demand. The line was not actively promoted to potential customers by the Deutsche Bahn.[2]

Overview[edit]

The train, which departed from Berlin Zoologischer Garten station, and stopped also at Berlin Hauptbahnhof[3] and Berlin Ostbahnhof, ran through Poland and Belarus, serving Warsaw and Minsk. In the Belarusian capital the train was divided into branches: Siberian (4 branches), Southern (3 branches), and one to St.Petersburg. The total number of destinations was eight: Novosibirsk, St.Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Astana (in Kazakhstan) and Adler, a city in the suburbs of Sochi.
The train was scheduled to arrive in Berlin every Saturday at 09:12 and to leave again at 15:16.

Until the early 2000s the train had departed from Berlin-Lichtenberg station. From 2008 it periodically changed its Berliner route,[4] stopping again at Lichtenberg and ending at Gesundbrunnen station.

Routes[edit]

Scheme[edit]

Endpoints Main cities traversed km Duration[5]
Berlin - St.Petersburg Poznań-Warsaw-Brest-Minsk-Vitebsk 2,284 36:12[6]
Berlin - Moscow Poznań-Warsaw-Brest-Minsk-Smolensk 1,978 28:40[7]
Berlin - Novosibirsk Poznań-Warsaw-Brest-Minsk-Smolensk-
Vladimir-N.Novgorod-Kirov-Perm[8]-
Yekaterinburg-Tyumen-Omsk
5,130 89:18
Berlin - Chelyabinsk Poznań-Warsaw-Brest-Minsk-Smolensk-
Vladimir-N.Novgorod-Kirov-Perm[8]-Yekaterinburg
3,892 72:28
Berlin - Kazan[9] Poznań-Warsaw-Brest-Minsk-
Smolensk-Vladimir-N.Novgorod
2.836 50:54
Berlin - Ufa Poznań-Warsaw-Brest-Minsk-Smolensk-
Ryazan-Tambov-Saratov-Samara
3,871 72:06
Berlin - Astana Poznań-Warsaw-Brest-Minsk-Smolensk-
Ryazan-Tambov-Saratov-Uralsk-Orenburg
4,300 99:15
Berlin - Adler Poznań-Warsaw-Brest-Minsk-Smolensk-
Ryazan-Voronezh-Rostov-Krasnodar-Sochi
3,643 63:58

Description[edit]

The train ran on a common route from Berlin Zoologischer Garten to Minsk Passazhirsky, through Poznań (Dworzec Główny station), Warsaw (Centralna and Wschodnia), Brest (Tsentralnaya) and Baranovichi (Tsentralnaya). Other stops were in Rzepin, Łuków and Terespol. From Minsk to Orsha the train was separated into 3 branches through Zhodzina and Barysaw.[10]

There was some plans to extent the service to Baku.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Hidden Europe, Letter from Europe: From Berlin to Siberia, 2013. http://www.hiddeneurope.co.uk/from-berlin-to-siberia
  2. ^ Hidden Europe, Letter from Europe: From Berlin to Siberia, 2013. http://www.hiddeneurope.co.uk/from-berlin-to-siberia
  3. ^ Berliner main railway station
  4. ^ Some saturdays on Summer
  5. ^ Period calculated in hh:mm
  6. ^ Berlin-St.Petersburg periodical train
  7. ^ Berlin-Moscow train ran every day, only on saturday on Sibirjak
  8. ^ a b Periodically the "Berlin-Novosibirsk" route, and so the "Berlin-Chelyabinsk", served Kazan (in a different line from Vladimir to Yekaterinburg), excluding Novgorod, Kirov and Perm
  9. ^ Periodically "Berlin-Nizhny Novgorod", when the route to Novosibirsk ran through Kazan
  10. ^ a b c (German) Consulted timetable on the ÖBB website

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