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Loading vehicle onto trans-siberian railway

Hi,
I am planning my next trip already (in africa atm), to Eastern Russia. I was wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to put my camper onto a flatbed railway platform and have it attatched to the rear of the passenger "Trans-siberian express" passenger train, so my wife and I can travel on the train, and our camper will be in tow?

I massively prefer this to loading the camper onto a seperate freight train (is even this possible???) and getting a passenger train seperately.

I would travel the Moscow-Vladivostock route. Is it possible to do the same for the international train route too, into Mongolia?

Anyone done this, or have any information at all about the possibility?

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Hi!

I dont know of this possibility but please check Simon's message about person in Irkutz who could possible help
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...vel-help-54319

I hope it gives you answer.
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I know very little on the subject of the Russian railways, but I would say it's 100% impossible to get your car pulled behind a passenger train in Russia. Imagine doing the same with train from London to (for example) Leeds being pulled by a high speed intercity locomotive. If you walked up to railway ticket office in London and asked about this they'd probably assume you to be mental and call the police on you to be took away and sectioned.

The long distance Russian trains don't go very fast, but the schedules and infrastructure is entirely rigid. The same trains and carriages operate the same routes at the same times. There's no scope to add an extra carriage on the end (freight or otherwise) at the whim of some random foreigner. People get bikes on passenger trains because they can fit in the post wagons.


Freight trains move slower than passenger trains. I think it was about 5 days from Krasnayarsk (mid-siberia) to Moscow for our motorcycle in 2009, and 3 days for us on the passenger train. But the freight trains don't leave every day like the passenger trains do. The quote r-zh-d (state railway company) gave us was something like 30days to transport the bike, and I believe that was their express service as well.
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