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Apr
8
comment Exploring Russia on my own - legal?
There're two more important cases. One is railroad bridges - some railroad bridges are guarded and you cannot walk them unless you work for railroad and have a proper permit, those can be identified by having guard booths at either or both ends. Another is some dams - you may see a road running along a dam drawn on maps but when you arrive there you see there's a police booth and a barrier and you're not allowed to pass unless you have a proper permit. Both can happen anywhere, no matter how close to a large city.
Mar
31
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Mar
30
comment What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?
Yeap, that's why I hide my jacket under the pillow - no fun getting out of the train in −3 degrees Celsius in some faraway city without a proper jacket.
Mar
30
comment What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?
@LisaMM I cannot agree on this - with knees facing back of the next chair you have some guaranteed leg space and can extend your legs under the next chair. With knees facing knees that's hardly possible. I tried both options in Siemens Desiro, the first one is much, much more comfortable.
Mar
30
comment What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?
Do you know there're Siemens Desiro trains with seats such that passenger's knees face the opposite passenger' knees and spending 5,5 hours en route?
Mar
30
awarded  Notable Question
Mar
29
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
28
revised What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?
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Mar
28
asked What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?
Feb
19
comment A Russian girl is asking for 500 euros to get a passport in Russia. Is this a realistic amount of money for a passport fee?
Not having a travel passport is normal. The EUR 500 sum looks just random. Unless you know "proper channels" (which is most likely illegal) it'd be rather hard to get a new travel passport and a visa in 14 days - you cannot apply for a visa until you have a passport in your hands and official requirements say that a travel passport is usually emitted in no longer than one month and that period can be extended to three months in exceptional cases.
Jan
21
comment How to carry honey jars and prevent losses?
How was it closed originally? Does it have a threaded cap?
Jan
18
comment What is a polite way to tell a Scottish person that I am struggling to understand his/her accent?
Show him the famous "ELEVEN!!!" video with two men in elevator.
Nov
25
comment Buying ticket on Russian train
@Petr Turns out, you're right. "Electronic registration" is effectively useless for the scenario the OP asks about.
Nov
25
comment Buying ticket on Russian train
There's such thing as "electronic registration" (электронная регистрация) on select trains - only an identity document and either a self-printed ticket or its image on an electronic device is needed to board the train if you use that.
Nov
25
comment Buying ticket on Russian train
This is true, but you totally omitted the fact that you can buy tickets for many long-distance trains online, no need to go anywhere.
Oct
27
comment Power plugs in train repeatedly turning off
The major reason for limiting power is not because power is scarce but because you don't want one faulty or overloaded outlet affect the others so you just fit each with say a 100 watts circuit breaker and this ensures that fifty such outlets never draw more than five kilowatts (which you have on input) and if one of them is overloaded then it just shuts off without affecting the others.
Oct
19
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Oct
16
comment What meals are available on Russian trains?
No, however it is crafted - by hand or on factory - "samovar" is a standalone unit. The boiler you refer to is integrated into the carriage heating system.
Oct
15
answered What does 'Pay for bed clothes' mean on the russian railways website?
Oct
15
comment What meals are available on Russian trains?
This is not "samovar" at all, just a huge water boiler. Doesn't even look like "samovar".