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Identifier: allrussiastravel01norm Title: All the Russias: travels and studies in contemporary European Russia, Finland, Siberia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia Year: 1902 (1900s) Authors: Norman, Henry, 1858-1939 Subjects: Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910 Eastern question (Central Asia) Publisher: New York, C. Seribner's sons Contributing Library: The Library of Congress Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: al, and the length of the stop. Finally, there isthe other advantage which the first-class passenger enjoys. Thereare no brakes on his carriage! There is no hand brake, as onevery other part of the train, and the Westinghouse passes under-neath him in its pipe. He is thus undisturbed by the grinding andjolting which even the best-regulated brake produces, and canread and sleep peacefully through stoppages and down gradesand hostile signals. This is surely the height of railway con-sideration. Such luxury, however, it is perhaps needless to add,speaks volumes concerning the speed of the Siberian Express. This train is the result of study by Russian engineers of therailways of Europe and America. It may therefore be regardedas the fixed type of the Siberian carriage, and I have describedit in detail, because before we are many years older the Siberianrailway will be one of the great passenger routes of the world. After much praise I may venture upon a little criticism. Rus- EA OFk JAPAN Text Appearing After Image: on H XH i.-«j Aiaaggf THE GREAT SIBERIAN RAILWAY 109 sia has in this train gone somewhat ahead of herself, so to speak.It is not enough to build a fine train—you must educate in knowl-edge, and more especially in responsibility, the people who areto work it. The dining-car, for example, will not bear a mo-ments comparison with that of the Orient Express or the Rivie-ra Express. We waited interminable times for our meals. Onepassenger sat at table fifty minutes, having had nothing but aplate of soup and being unable in all that time to obtain a bottleof beer. Then he left the car in disgust, and in a loud voice de-manded the complaint book. Result: he was snowed under withapologies and waited upon like a prince. If the dining car wereproperly arranged, it would hold all the passengers. As it is,one has to intrigue and struggle for a table. Again, not onceafter we left was one of the station and time cards put in theframe. All the pneumatic bells, too, were out of order, and nowaiter Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.


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