East Siberian Railways displays "Baikal Tour" at international tourism exhibition
East Siberian Railways is putting on display its recreational facilities and unique tourist routes at the Sibexpocentre exhibition centre in Irkutsk, where the "Baikal Tour" international tourist exhibition opened on 25 November 2021.
Exhibition visitors can get to know the excursion tours which are available along the Circum-Baikal Railway, one of the region’s main attractions. The Railway and tours enjoy great popularity among tourists from both Russia and abroad, according to the Corporate Communications Service at East Siberian Railways.
East Siberian Railways is taking a number of steps to popularise the Circum-Baikal Railway. Objects along the Railway have been redone in the stylized form used at the beginning of the twentieth century, when the Circum-Baikal section of the Trans-Siberian Railway was under construction.
In addition, this year has seen 17 stops acquire new names after a local geographic object or settlement to replace the functional milestones which in the past just indicated distances in kilometres.
For the convenience of tourists, 25 information stands have also been installed. These outline the creation, development, reconstruction of the iconic objects along the railway line, such as tunnels, bridges and arches. All the navigation elements have been updated.
A unique interactive exposition dedicated to Lake Baikal has also opened recently at Slyudyanka station and features an interactive floor that can imitate Lake Baikal’s transparent surface or waves. Projections on the ceiling can also show how the sky above the lake appears. All this creates the effect of presence.
There are also installations dedicated to the lake’s flora and fauna, tectonics and geology.
At Kultuk, Staraya Angasolka, Polovinnaya, Italian Wall and Port Baikal stations, wooden passenger platforms have been lengthened to 240 metres so that long-distance tourist trains can make stops easily.
In addition, 10 stations along the Circum-Baikal Railway now have facilities for the separate collection of plastic, glass and paper waste and its further processing.