6 Jun 2022 14:00

RZD starts building third line before mountain part of Trans-Siberian Railway south of Baikal

IRKUTSK. June 6 (Interfax) - Russian Railways (RZD) has started building the third line on the Slyudyanka I - Slyudyanka II section before a difficult mountain spiral road on the Trans-Siberian Railway south of Lake Baikal, the press service for the East Siberian Railway, a branch of RZD, said.

"Contractor organizations are now working on the roadway, which will become the foundation of the future line, and also on laying communication cables, installing support structures and building the overhead system. The work is being done according to the schedule," the report said.

The line will be more than two kilometers long. Railway bridges, surface sewage systems and modular buildings ensuring the facility's operation will be built on the section.

The East Siberian Railway said the work is being done in strict accordance with environmental safety requirements and nature preservation legislation: the third line is located in the central ecological zone of the Baikal natural territory.

RZD plans to complete the construction in 2023.

According to earlier reports, the Slyudyanka I - Slyudyanka II section is located before the difficult and cargo-intensive section of the Trans-Siberian Railway Bolshoi Lug - Slyudyanka. Heavy trains move through the long mountain pass using push-pull locomotives. The new line will make it possible to freely return sole locomotives disconnected from trains without occupying the line intended for main train traffic, the East Siberian Railway said.

The third line on the Slyudyanka I - Slyudyanka II section is included in the list of infrastructure facilities needed for increasing the capacity of the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Baikal-Amur Mainline approved by the Russian government.