Severomuysky Tunnel ( _ru. Северомуйский туннель) is a
railroad tunnelon the Baikal Amur Mainline(BAM), in northwestern Buryatia, Russia. It is named after the Severomuysky Rangeit cuts through.
The tunnel is convert|15343|m|ft|0|lk=on long, the longest in Russia (excluding metro lines, see
List of tunnels by lengthfor comparisons). Construction started in 1977. The tunnel was put into operation on December 5, 2003[ [http://www.fap.ru/prem_laur.php?lt=believe&id=1922 РОФ Фонд Святого Всехвального апостола Андрея Первозванного :: Комитет по международной премии :: Лауреаты ] ] (signed off on November 30[ [http://newsfromrussia.com/main/2003/10/29/50885.html Baikal-Amur Mainline completed] (an October 29, 2003" Pravda Online" article en icon)] [ [http://babr.ru/index.php?pt=news&event=v1&IDE=10255 babr.ru: 10/30/2003 News] ru icon] ), with yet another announcement of the completion of the BAM project.
Previously, the corresponding route was convert|54|km|mi|0|lk=on long. It passed through
avalanchezones and had steep slopes, which meant an extra locomotive was needed to pull each train.
The final connection ("
golden spike") was put in on March 30, 2001, and the first train passed through in December 2001.
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