The International Steam Pages

Kazanski Station and the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

Harvey Smith was based in and around Moscow off and on from 1997 to 2014 and has now moved to St. Petersburg. Apart from this report he has also posted information on other attractions in Moscow and the rest of Russia, there are links at the bottom of the page.

Harvey writes

I have not been to China since 1985. Many people say that you can see the last great steam shows in China. Well the much loved Chinese QJ locomotives are in fact licensed copies of the Soviet class Lv with smoke deflectors reminiscent of the Soviet P36 class. The Soviet class Lv is a redesigned and stretched class L. So some people might be interested in the fact that an entrepreneurial Englishman Mr Tim Littler owns a company called Golden Eagle Luxury Trains that regularly run class L double heads into and out of Kazanski Station Moscow. So if you are in Moscow that means you can regularly see 2-10-0s double heading. Golden Eagle Luxury Trains also own a semi-streamlined 4-8-4 P36.0032, which they aim to use on most 2013 departures. So if you want to see something really impressive it is a good idea to keep your eyes on the Golden Eagle Luxury Trains website: 

Simply look up the dates of the tours on the website. The outbound (eastbound) summer Trans Siberians always leave on day 2 (18:48 seems to be standard this year) and the arrivals (westbound) arrive on the penultimate day, leaving Cherusti ca 09:00) which means they will get into Kazanski station between 11.00 and 12.00am.

Steam is not guaranteed but it is planned on all summer arrivals and departures of the Trans-Siberian Express, Silk Road and Crimean Express.

Please note that for Kazanski Station go to Komsomolskaya Metro station on the brown ring line.

Below L-5259 and L-2344 double heading the Trans-Siberian Express into Kazanski Station.

Finally coming to a rest inside the train shed:

Harvey was back on 21st September for the last arrival of the current season, featuring Ls 3653 and 2344 (added 24th September 2012).


Rob Dickinson