Locomotive at bridge over Turukhan River

After Stalin’s death in March 1953 the entire construction of the railway from Salekhard to Igarka was hastily shelved and abandoned. We can therefore come across rusting locomotives and other railway machinery in the middle of the taiga. Steam locomotives, which unlike other equipment could not be carried away, were in several cases wrecked – cut through with an acetylene torch or turned over, like in the case of this engine lying on the embankment of an uncompleted bridge over the Turukhan River.


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