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Moscow - Helsinki Train with a Library

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Moscow - Helsinki Train with a Library


Photo: Russian Railways
A library may help pass the time on the way from Moscow to Helsinki not only for single readers but also for families. The first train, named after famous Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, with a collection of books in Russian and Finnish on board, was set off on February, 5. 

A pilot library will last for two months. Travellers will be happy to find books of modern Russian and Finnish writers. There are books of various genres and, most importantly, for different age groups, including kids, teens and adults. To get a target volume, one should address a train assistant, who would ask to fill in the form, the same one as in any other library. After that, a book would be given to the reader. 

Moscow - Helsinki ‘Lev Tolstoy” train was launched in 1975. Currently it makes everyday trips, with the exception of the New Year’s eve, December, 31. The length of the route is 1108 km. It takes 14 hours for the train to cover this distance.

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