Lonely Planet Writer

Josef Stalin's secret railway line uncovered in eastern Mongolia

Eastern Mongolia.
Eastern Mongolia. Image by yancy9 / CC BY 2.0

A secret railway ordered by Josef Stalin has been uncovered in the wilderness of eastern Mongolia. The 400-kilometre rail track was built in the 1940s to connect several secret Soviet military bases, which were used to attack Japan at the end of World War II. The railway track, which splits off from the main Trans-Siberian Railway line, was left dormant and forgotten for decades, but was uncovered by researchers using aerial searches. Read more: ajw.asahi.com