Vladimir made a very detailed explanation of the most popular retro trains in Karelia (North), Golden Ring (Center) and Baikal (East of Russia) . He told about different types of the trains, revived by enthusiastic people as well as about the history of Karelia, disputable land, belonging to Finnish and Karelian(Finno-Ugric) peoples. And also the history of Buriats, a Buddhist people, located near the Baikal lake.
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The integration of what are essentially two presentations -- visiting some lesser-known but fascinating Russian towns and landscapes, and touring by vintage train -- is so well done that each group will probably be equally enthusiastic about the prospect of seeing Russia this way. The photos in particular were riveting, and for the train buffs there is a fun film clip.
The history was fascinating,but thought they would have been more emphasis and information on the actual trains-gauge, engines, where built, when, Vladimir is still coming to grips with English, so the presentation was a bit jerky, but this did not deter from the great history he imparted.
Even though I learned a lot in this conversation, I would have appreciated it more if it had views from the train compartment as if from the passenger point of view. I was left wanting more.