Tickets for the evening (19:00 – 21:30) entitled Revolutionary Russia and The World’s Longest Railway are available online here. Tickets are priced at £15 and £25, the latter including a VIP drinks reception in the Map Room. RGS members are entitled to a £10 discount on their tickets. Doors open at 18:00 with cash bar available; talks begin at 19:00; VIP drinks reception at 20:30.
Among those speaking will be HRH Prince Michael of Kent - cousin to HM The Queen and a direct descendant of the last Tsar, Nicholas II who was murdered at the hands of the Bolshevik troops. Patron of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, HRH Prince Michael of Kent works hard to develop the cultural and commercial bonds between Russia and the West.
Christian Wolmar will not be the only rail enthusiast to talk about the Trans-Siberian Express. The BBC’s John Simpson will recall his experience of the journey on board the 10-year old Golden Eagle luxury train, which is operated by the British-based company, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains. At 9,288kms in length the Trans-Siberian is the longest single-service railway in the world and crosses eight time zones as it weaves through Russia’s vast and little-visited interior, over the Urals and across the magnificent steppe. Opened in stages between 1891 and 1916, this extraordinary engineering achievement is a vital link for the many communities that live close to the line.
The Golden Eagle, the gleaming hotel train, was officially launched in Russia 10 years ago by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. It was Russia’s first fully en-suite private train and remains so to this day, continuing to offer voyages of a lifetime to discerning passengers who, while hungering for adventure, appreciate the finer things in life. Since its inaugural tour, the Golden Eagle has visited 16 countries including 14 of the 15 former USSR states (excluding Tajikstan), plus Mongolia and Iran.