“RZhD is my friend”, I started saying some time into my trans-Russian trip to my new Russian friends. They knew what I meant as they knew I’d been travelling on the RZhD trains for some time.
РЖД -Росси 081;ские Желез
80; (Russian Railways, or if literally translated, Russian Iron Roads) is the incredible company that manages the most incredible system of rail lines and rolling stock. Surely the biggest network that a single country on this planet has ever built and operated.
All except for my last trip was on precise time (the Irkutsk to Vladivostok train somehow lost three hours – must have been while I was sleeping, or was that singing!).