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Abandoned Soviet train station in Abkhazia

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad StationOne of the more ornate abandoned places in the world this railway station in Abkhazia is a stunning relic from the collapse of the Soviet empire. Soviet era train stations were often overdone marble monuments to the working man and this was no exception.

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abkhazian  Railway

Abkhazian railways consist of a 185-kilometre (115 mi) main line along the Black Sea coast and a 36 km (22 mi) branch to Tkvarcheli[1]. It connected Russia’s North Caucasus Railway with Georgian railways prior to 1992, however the connection with Georgia was severed as a result of the War in Abkhazia. The railway is administered by the state-run Abkhazskaya Zheleznaya Doroga company. At the beginning of 2008 there was one regular long-distance train Moscow-Sukhumi and occasional freight traffic. The railway system of Abkhazia was isolated in the 1990s due to the blockade imposed by Russia.

The Russian military relies on railroads to deploy heavy weapons and armor to the battlefield. The acute military, strategic and tactical importance of the railroad system in Russia explains the existence of special Railroad Troops whose task is to keep the tracks in order during and in preparation for war and to organize makeshift armor battlefield disembarkment points.

In July 2008 Russian troops repaired 54 km of Soviet-built tracks with 20 tunnels and bridges south of the Abkhaz capital Sukhumi to the coastal town of Ochamchire. The railroad was out of use since the early 1990s, a period which witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Georgia-Abkhaz war. At a colorful official ceremony in Dranda, south of Sukhumi, the commander of the Railroad Troops General Sergei Klimets told journalists that the railroad operation was “purely humanitarian” to help the people of Abkhazia.

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

Abandoned Abkhazian Railroad Station

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Posted By: Jerome Aronson

News Category: Abandoned

 

12 Responses to “Abandoned Soviet train station in Abkhazia”

  1. The mighty U.S.A may look like this one day soon! This happened because economic planning and good common sense were lost in a lot of political nonsense. Sound Familiar?

    Uncle B on 15 Sep 2008 at 2:03 pm
  2. Hah, super cool; thanks for posting!

    Alex on 23 Sep 2008 at 7:40 pm
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  5. This is such a rare find! Somewhere in time, this must have been vibrant and busy. It’s nostalgically haunting.

    bee woon on 17 May 2009 at 8:51 am
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    ???? on 11 Aug 2010 at 6:17 am
  7. Pidorasi ebuchie!!!!!

    Norm on 11 Aug 2010 at 6:19 am
  8. Wouldn’t mind living there!

    Me on 13 Jun 2011 at 10:09 am
  9. I can see America dissolving to this very state within 50 years.
    One can only hope.

    CodeOmerta on 17 Jun 2013 at 11:30 pm
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    Abandoned on 01 Dec 2013 at 5:47 pm
  11. Is that a palm tree in the last photo? The plants look tropical in the second to the last photo.

    madiesm on 05 Apr 2014 at 8:10 am
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