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Wanting to do this journey in November and looking for any tips that can help from people who have done it. I am not in a rush. Also can the Mongolian and China visa be got on the train at the border? Some say yes some say no.

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Seat61 is the best site concerning train travel in Europe. It also has a section about a train travel from London to Peking.

There are a lot of practical tips, hints and suggestions. A very detailed section also covers the Visa details of all countries you travel trough.

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Er, your link is for Moscow to Beijing? –  Ankur Banerjee Sep 14 '11 at 11:18
    
Yes sorry I copied the wrong anchor. Now it is correct. –  RoflcoptrException Sep 14 '11 at 11:23
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About buying tickets for the trans-siberian - you can buy them up to 60 days before the trip.
Also you can get some discounts on return tickets to the Mongolia.

About obtaining visa for such trip

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