The Trans-Siberian Railway line is the longest railway line in the world. It is a network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East and the Sea of Japan. There are connecting branch lines into Mongolia, China and North Korea. It was built from 1891 to 1916 under the supervision of government ministers of Russia who were personally appointed by the Tsar Alexander III and by his son, Tsar Nicholas II. The additional Chinese Eastern Railway was constructed as the Russo-Chinese part of the Trans-Siberian Railway, connecting Russia with China and providing a shorter route to Vladivostok. A Russian staff and administration based in Harbin operated it. The three termini of the Trans-Siberian are Moscow, Beijing and Vladivostok. Along the way are Russia's most picturesque vistas: Siberian rivers, the elegantly curving Lake Baikal, and the hazy Barguzin mountains.

Trans-Siberian Railway
Bridge over Kama River, near Perm in 1912

Google Russia creates virtual tour of Trans-Siberian railway journey. The multi platform portal by Google Russia and Russian railways allows you to watch the view in real time as it unfolds from the train's window. Simultaneously you can plot the locomotive's virtual progress eastwards on a Google map, looking at the satellite view or tracking the actual terrain and mountains. The video footage covers the whole six-day journey. You can choose different sounds to accompany it: the rumble of wheels, sugary Russian pop tunes, or the evocative playing of a balalaika. Alternatively, you can listen to readings of Russian classics (in Russian) of Leo Tolstoy's 1,400-page War and Peace or Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls.

Today, Russian railways said that the Trans-Siberian Express remains extremely popular with foreign tourists, who make up 80 to 90% of its passengers. A one-way non-stop ticket costs 6509 roubles (£145) for a basic seat, and 17,500 (£388) to 19,800 roubles (£440) for a bed in a shared carriage. Special tourist trains allowing you to stop off en route cost more.

Here is a link for Google Russia virtual tour of Trans-Siberian railway journey: http://www.google.ru/intl/ru/landing/transsib/en.html

Whole line details are:
5,753 Miles from Moscow to Vladivostok
2 Continents crossed, Europe and Asia
7 Time zones crossed
6 Days a one-way journey time takes without stopping
87 Russian cities en route
6509 Roubles for a basic single one-way ticket.