Baikal-Amur Mainline is the construction project of the century!
1977, Babin N. S., Ovasapov
The Baikal-Amur Mainline (unofficial website) is the second largest railroad in
BAM was built in the course of 20th century as an alternative to the Trans-Siberian Railway, especially along the vulnerable sections close to the border with
BAM construction started in the thirties by Bamlag – a corrective labor camp and a part of notorious Gulag. During WW2 some of the BAM’s partly built tracks were disassembled to form strategic route to
After Stalin’s death in 1953 the works on BAM stopped as there were no more Gulags with its free labor force and the project turned out to be too expensive. Only in 1974 when the Cold War was in full swing and there was increasing tension between
Huge funding was provided for BAM. It was called the “komsomol construction project of the century”, with numerous young komsomol members sent there to work for decent wages. The poster above was a part of BAM recruitment campaign.
The main part of the BAM was declared open in 1984, with some of the areas (like the ending bridge and the station in
BAM is a fantastic engineering project. It traverses 11 major rivers and seven mountain ridges. There were 8 big tunnels cut through the mountains. One of them is the Severomuyskiy tunnel (15 km), which is the longest tunnel in