March 01, 2020

Victory Train: Coming Soon to a Hero-City Near You



Victory Train: Coming Soon to a Hero-City Near You

A "Train-Museum" dubbed "Echelon of Victory" is set to travel around the railways of Russia and Belarus this spring to commemorate Soviet victory in the Second World War.

Toting anti-aircraft guns, tanks, arms, uniforms, and other artifacts on 18 carriages, the traveling exhibition will give patrons young and old the chance to get a glimpse of life in the Red Army.

The train is scheduled to make stops in 24 Russian and 2 Belarusian cities to memorialize the 75th anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War, as Russians call World War II. After visiting cities as diverse as Irkutsk, Minsk, and Kazan (as well as a stop or two in Crimea), the train will finish its journey in St. Petersburg, arriving on May 9: Victory Day.

2020 marks 75 years since the end of the War; expect Russian celebrations to go all-out. We've already started to see some patriotic stirrings.

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