A Day of Climbing in Nizhny Novgorod.
The first thing I did in Nizhny Novgorod was a long yawn.
The 3rd class train wasn’t bad at all except a short sleep. We departed Moscow at 2:20am and arrived Nizhny Novgorod 6 hours later.
As I wrote in the last blog that today will be a tough and boring one according to our schedule. Firstly, I have only 1 day for spending here before catching another train at 11pm which means I have approximately only 15 hrs left in Nizhny Novgorod. Secondly, it looks like there’s plenty of time to spend but, after Googling, the Kremlin (fortress inside the city) was closed on the day. So, we have to look for somewhere else to go. But before that, we decided to go to the Kremlin anyway.
“You cannot trust Google in Russia”, please quote my words.
There’re times that we got lost, misdirected, misinformed by this most used search engine. Believing without seeing with your own eyes is totally a mistake. And as we expected, the Kremlin is open! Thanks Google.
I made my first climb on the Kremlin wall before making another on tanks inside the fortess. We ended up walking around city center. There’s still a plenty of time before the next train comes. And just before lunch, we found another place to go. It’s a railway museum.
It might sound ordinary but, for me, trains always matter.
It started when I was a boy. My dad has a law firm nearby the main train station in my hometown. In the middle of the station, there’s a hundred years old locomotive statued and I used to be there for climbing. Since then, I have a little passion in railway mechanicals (I don’t have any technical knowledge in railway stuffs but seeing these things really makes me happy). I visited couples of railway museums. A favorite one so far is National Railway Museum located in York, United Kingdom.
As well as Nizhny Novgorod, the railway museum here is exceptional. Because there’s a place where the Russian locomotives are parked. Who would miss climbing them!
This trip got a bit more interesting when we stepped in the railway museum. As you may or may not know, the Trans-Siberian line has been operating for about 100 years. There were generations of train retired and became attractions across Russia. The museum staff walked us through the models of trains and railway stations before gave us a direction to a place where the iron giants are parking.
This was we’ve been waiting for! It was 10 mins walk of excitement. And finally, just before the sunset, we were welcomed by a parade of locomotives.
These retired giants were handsomely repainted in black and red. They look like they’re still in operation. With a star shining in front of it, the locomotive sometimes was called a falling star. However, with a brunch like this, Poon said “we’ve discovered a meteor rain bro!”. I couldn’t agree more.
We left the park, had sushi and made a toast for this small success. A day in Nizhny Novgorod might be short but full of treasures.
Later, my watch showed a quarter past 9 and we’ve found ourselves waiting the train to our next destination, Yetakerinburg. Next episode will be full of unexpected things we’ve experienced in Russia. So, please hang tight!
P.S. What a coincident, when you just knew that this year is the 100th year of Trans-Siberian Railway after it was started operating in 1916! Wow, looks like I’m making a little history!