In pictures: 100 years of the Trans-Siberian Railway

A century after it opened, Russia's most famous trainline is still going strong

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Perhaps the world's most iconic train journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway connects Moscow with the far-eastern edge of Russia, with branch lines heading off to Mongolia and China. And this month marks 100 years since the final section was opened, in October 2016, after years in the making.

To celebrate, we’ve put together a gallery of images of the railway, from archive pictures taken during its construction to shots of the luxurious trains you can take today, and the sights you can spot along the way.

The Trans-Siberian Railway crosses eight time zones and 9,288km as it makes its way from the Russian capital through the rugged interior, all the way to the eastern city of Vladivostok. However, many travellers choose to take the route that splits off at Ulan Ude in southern Russia, chugging through Mongolia and onwards to Beijing – this is the Trans-Mongolian line, which was completed in the 1950s.