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22nd July, 1904 : The long-awaited Trans-Siberian railway – stretching 4,607 miles from Chelyabinsk to Vladivostok – has been completed after 13 years of construction. The decision to build the railway was made in 1891. The Trans-Siberian railway represents a landmark in railroad engineering. The Russians had to overcome massive problems: wide rivers, steep gradients around Lake Baikal, permafrost in Eastern Siberia and extremes of temperatures. Now there are more than 1,000 stations along the route. The Russian Government sees the new railway as a valuable asset in “opening up” Siberia and promoting trade with China and Orient.