Janna Rutskaya (left) is a passenger on the Trans-Siberian train. She's on a nonstop, five-day trip from Moscow to her home, Chita, in Russia's Far East. The long train rides, she says, are a time to relax and indulge in a favorite pastime — reading detective novels. And she loves the camaraderie. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Sergei Tarkhov, a geology professor and Trans-Siberian veteran, stands near the zero kilometer mark at Yaroslavsky Rail Station in Moscow. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Russia By Rail: Setting Off From Moscow

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