Rail transport in is owned by the national rail company Belarus BŽD / BČ ( be: Bielaruskaja Čyhunka / ru: Belorusskaja Železnaja Doroga). The railway network consists of 5,512 km, its gauge is 1,520 mm ( 4 ft ) ( 11 in 27⁄ 32 Russian broad gauge) and 874 km are electrified.
History [ edit ]
The first line crossing the country was the
Saint Petersburg – Warsaw Railway, which started operating in late 1862. This included section and railway station in Hrodna. During mid 1860's railway line was built also from [1 ] Daugavpils to Polatsk and further to Vitebsk. Line Warsaw- Brest, opened in 1866, completed to Moscow in 1871. [2 ]
Network [ edit ]
Belarus is crossed, from
Brest to Orsha through Minsk, by an international rail line connecting Berlin and Warsaw to Moscow. Other important lines are the Minsk- Gomel (to Kiev), the Orsha- Vitebsk (to Saint Petersburg), the Minsk- Vilnius and others. Some international trains serving Belarus are the Pribaltika Riga- Odessa, the Minsk- Irkutsk and the [3 ] Berlin- Sibirjak Novosibirsk (and other Russian destinations). [4 ]
The national network has no
high-speed lines and is not served by high-speed trains.
Urban railways [ edit ]
Uruchye subway station in Minsk
A diesel locomotive at Orsha
Minsk is the only city with a subway system, the Minsk Metro. The network consists of two lines: Avtozavodskaya and Moskovskaya. The only cities with tramway systems are Minsk, Vitebsk, Mazyr and Novopolotsk.
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