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Introducing Tynda

If BAM gets you giddy, Tynda's your town. Flanked by low-lying, pine-covered hills, Tynda is BAM HQ and a hub for trains between Severobaikalsk and Komsomolsk-na-Amure. The 'Little BAM' connects with Blagoveshchensk to the south; the AYaM (Amuro-Yakutskaya Magistral) heads north, getting as far as Aldan - plans to reach Yakutsk remain on hold. Tynda shows off its Soviet roots: it was a shack village before BAM centralised its efforts here in 1974.