The Trans-Siberian Railway Is The World's Longest, And It Started A War

You may have never heard of the Trans-Siberian railway, but it is considered one of the most impressive feats of engineering in modern history. The railway stretched 5,772 miles to connect Moscow, Russia to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. Construction on the world's longest railway line began in 1891 and was completed in 1916. And while this is all impressive and magnificent, let's cut straight to the drama: The Trans-Siberian Railway is what sparked the Russo-Japanese War. So how did a train do that?

Before the Trans-Siberian Railway was built, there really wasn't anything connecting Russia to East Asia or to the natural resources within Siberia. Sergei Witte, an influential minister in the Russian government, thought a railroad would be the perfect way to bring it all together. Japanese policymakers were less thrilled by this initiative, and more alarmed. Before the railroad, Russia was more focused on European affairs. With the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, the Japanese became worried that the Russians intended to inflict geopolitics onto East Asia. They were also worried that Russia had its eyes on Manchuria in China, which conflicted with Japan's territorial plans. With a Japanese victory, this war marked the first time in modern history that a non-Western power defeated a Western state. To get more info on the historic railway, check out the video below.

Traveling On The Trans-Siberian Railway

This impressive line stretches over seven time zones.

Trans-Siberian Railroad Vacation Travel Guide

All aboard!

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Written by Curiosity Staff October 13, 2016

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