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Jul 29, 2011 - transmongolienant

transmongolien OUI!! mais "fake" transmongolien chinois alors la !!! le principe est de s'arreter a la frontiere chinoise (erlian), passer la frontiere en jeep et rejoindre la premiere gare mongole ( zamyn Uud )pour un train direction Ulaan bataar ... meme ligne de train que le transmongolien mais qqs 150 euros en moins...et qqs fatigues en plus ... le passages de la frontiere chinoise a ete folklorique , tous les cents metres 5 yuans de plus ( 50 ct d'euros) pour des raisons diverses et variees : pas de justificatif officiel de la nuit...

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Isa Salamand 2011

Jul 26, 2011 - Next stop Mongolia

6am and we were on our way to Beijing Railway for the Trans Mongolian leg of our trip-thus begins the Trans Siberian experience! First task: find the platform, correct carriage AND berth then cross fingers that you're not sharing the teensie 4 bed cabin with a large, odorous Chinese man with a propensity for spitting and hoiking every five minutes.  At precisely 7.47am the train rolled out with Boris and I smugly cocooned in carriage 7 with our only cabin mate a great Finnish guy named Arttu who a had none of the offensive personal habits I...

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Jun 2, 2004 - Trans-Manchurian: Bogey changing

Isambard Kingdom Brunel spent months experimenting and calculating the optimum distance between railway tracks (gauge) before building his London to Bristol line, chosing seven feet. This width was declared to give a far superior ride to the standard of "narrow" gauge of 4 feet eight and one half inches that George and Robert Stephenson had chosen because, err, they already had a little mining railway with that gauge. The Stephensons (Robert really), built far more track than Brunel and in 1846 the Government settled the matter by requiring...

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