|Brief chronology of the
construction on sections
- Irkutsk - Baikal
Begin of construction - 1896
Laying of track - July-October, 1898
First train passed - October 21, 1898
It was accepted to regular operation - July 1, 1900
- Baikal - Kultuk (now the historical section)
Begin of construction - Spring, 1902
First train passed - September 18, 1904
It was accepted to regular operation - October 16, 1905
- Kultuk - Tankhoi
Begin of construction - The second half of 1901
First train passed - April 1, 1904
It was accepted to regular operation - October, 1905
- Tankhoi - Mysovaya
Begin of construction - The end 1899
Mysovaya - Mishikha: first train passed - April 21, 1901
Mishikha - Tankhoy: first train passed - April, 1902
It was accepted to regular operation - Summer, 1903
- The ferry crossing-place through Baikal
"Baikal" was lauched on water - June 17, 1899
"Angara" was lauched on water - July 25, 1900
Opening of regular communication - April 24, 1900
* All dates are given in Old Style. Conversion in New Style:
before February 29, 1900 +12 days, from February 29, 1900 +13 days. Main data sources are
published in Handbook.
** Railway sections are given by geographical way of Transsib, west-to-east.
|Periods of freeze-up, work
of ferry and carriage crossing on years
As the first winter of operation
of train ferry demonstrated, ice-breakers could be able to break Baikal ice only in first
days after freeze-up. So that it doesn't interrupt in winter carriage crossing providing
conveyance of post, passengers and cargo was erected.
||Time of freeze-up
||Time of stopping runs
||Thaw and recovery of runs
||Carriage crossing began
||Carriage crossing ended
||December 16 (31)
|April 18 (May 1)
|April 19 (May 2)
|January 4 (17)
||April 16 (29)
||January 2 (15)
||April 18 (May 1)
||December 6 (19)
|thaw on April 18
(May 1), runs from
April 16 (29)
January 20 (February 2),
cargo from January 22
|April 15 (28)
|January 13 (26)
||test run on
April 21 (May 4),
regular ones - from
April 23 (May 6)
January 12 (25),
January 13 (26)
April 17 (30),
April 23 (May 6)
As a rule carriage crossing began before ending of ice-breakers runs and sometimes
situations when powerful ice-breaker ran slowly overcoming ice and near it carriage-road
passed and horses easily outdistanced "Baikal" sprang up.
Source: Baikal ferrying across: To centurary of construction and
operation / Under gen. ed. by V. G. Tretyakov. - Irkutsk: Publishing house of Irkutsk
state university, 2000. - p.p. 130-163.
|Selected dates in railway
- June 30, 1956
The last transit train passed by the Circum-Baikal railway. At the night since June 30 on
July 1, 1956 traffic of trains at the place of builded Irkutsk hydropower station under
the order of construction chief Bochkin was discontinued and on July 11 the tracks were
- Autumn, 1962
After powerful mudflow at Circum-Baikal railway the second tracks were dismantled and also
Ulanovo and Sharyzhalgay stations were dismantled.
- Summer, 1988
A replacement of Circum-Baikal railway tracks - before it on the whole the track lay on
the place of closer to Baikal track; after it in tunnels and some other places the were
shifted in the middle.
|Drawings of "Baikal" ice-breaker are sent by Joe Caffrey,
England, taken from the Science Museum, Newcastle.
|M. A. Krainov. The prospects of other
This section tells about various not realized railway variants. Detailed description of
prospects along Irkut, Bolshaya Olkha and Kitoy.
Sources: The prospects of Circum-Baikal railway, V. Voznesenskiy;
Geological prospects along Circum-Baikal railway line, I. V. Mushketov; articles by
|M. A. Krainov. Irkutsk - Baikal line.
A few materials about dismantled and flooded by Irkutsk hydro-power station reservoir
Irkutsk - Baikal line were collected here.
Source: Archive of East Siberian line.
|Some words about this
Certainly the historical section of the cite presented to you
will develop and be enriched. Unfortunately, the sources accessibiled for us don't give
the low-down and rather often data contained in them contradict each other. During
preparation of the section we were faced with two types of disparities - in dates and in
distances. So distance data are given by actual kilometer signs on the distict or by
versts converted in kilometers from in our view most reliable sources. If you can to
correct us, to make more precise the data or to supplement them - we without fail will
consider and put them (only don't forget to refer to your source).
Hereafter it's planned in project limits to prepare rather full chronology pf the railway
once more data sources will be in our order. Also we request any authors to collaborate
with us - we will publish Your articles of cite subject with pleasure.