On May 10, at exactly 10:00 in Nizhny Tagil, the Echelon of Victory made a stop with tanks and the legendary Katyusha. The train from the past was met by thousands of people. For several hours on the platform of the station, it was possible to recreate the atmosphere of May 1945, when the military returned from the front.

The museum on wheels stretches for 300 meters. It includes restored carriages that “served” during the war years and the post-war period. These are a soldier’s car, a dressing room, a dressing room, a sanitary checkpoint, a kitchen car, a bakery, and a power station car. Samples of historical weapons are located on open platforms: the T-34 tank, the M-42 cannon, the Katyusha rocket launcher, the GAZ-67 car and others.

“There are several cars here that were built at Uralvagonzavod, in particular, a kitchen car, a sanitary inspection car. These cars were built in Nizhny Tagil. It can be said that almost all the cities that we visit meet their own equipment: either it was preserved there by some miracle, or it was built there. Here are cars built at different times, from 1910 to 1951,” says Evgeny Zdorovenko, head of the echelon.

The composition is headed by the legendary steam locomotive Lebedyanka. It was released in 1953, during the period of post-war reconstruction. This locomotive is more powerful than its predecessors. Its purpose is to carry large loads. Managing such a rarity is not easy, the machinists say. Before each trip, locomotive crews undergo special training.

“A steam locomotive is work on water and coal, there are a lot of mechanisms that need to be serviced. To prepare the firebox, you definitely need to fill it up, be able to scatter coal, understand the grades of coal. Antiscale is added to the water to make the heating process in the boiler more efficient. We always check before the trip, we prepare everything. About 3-3.5 tons of coal is required per 100 km. And the total reserve is 18 tons of coal,” explains the engine driver Igor Bekhter.

The echelon this year is formed of three parts: military sanitary transportation, evacuation of enterprises, transportation of military equipment. The cars are open to everyone: you can get inside, listen to the story of the guides, take a photo. But first you have to stand in line for fifteen minutes. There were really a lot of visitors, according to preliminary estimates – about three thousand people.

“I wanted to express my gratitude to the Sverdlovsk Railway for the opportunity to plunge into that era. It’s great that today here, on the platform of the railway station, there are a lot of kids with their parents. This is necessary to remember those years. Remember the people who brought the Victory. I am sure that everyone who has been here will have something in their hearts,” said Vice Mayor for Social Policy Valery Surov.

Echelon of Victory is a large-scale project dedicated to the 77th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The retro train began its journey in Perm on April 30, and the northern city of Nizhnevartovsk will be the end point of its route. In total, the train will make stops at 27 stations in the Perm Territory, Sverdlovsk and Tyumen Regions, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra.

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