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BAM opens its secrets
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline, Khabarovsk archivists presented to the public a unique collection of documents "BAM: Through the Years, Through the Distances ...". In it, for the first time, they collected and published declassified documents about the various stages of the construction of the railway from the early 30s to the mid 80s.
“Bit by bit, we collected scattered facts, reports, cases and personal cards from our funds, archives of Moscow and Vladivostok,” Larisa Saleeva, head of the state archive department of the Khabarovsk Territory, told RIA Vostok-Media. - Most of the documents were recently labeled "top secret", on the folders there are still marks: "do not issue to the reading room", "for official use."
Part of the testimony published in the book, the organizers of the presentation put on public display in the Fedotov Art Gallery.
Another event dedicated to the anniversary of BAM will be a trip of veterans of the construction of this unique road to the stations of the Baikal-Amur Mainline.
The special holiday train "Veteran" departed today from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur railway station. The first builders of BAM set off on a journey through the stations. According to the press service of the Far Eastern Railway, the train will pass the route to the village of Novy Urgal. The passengers of the commemorative train will visit all significant BAM stations in the Khabarovsk Territory. In Tyrma, they will unveil a memorial plaque in honor of the three-time honorary railway worker Pyotr Stelmachenko. In the 50s of the last century, he supervised exploration work before laying the railway from Baikal to the Amur.