The Trans-Siberian railways’ technical capacity allow for transporting annually nearly 100 millions of tons of cargo. The line is shortly to become a major overland transport link between Europe and Asia.
The main freight cargo transported by rail in Russia today are gas, oil, coal, timber, machines and are parts of buildings.
Sometime during the 1980ties Russia set up the longest freight train ever in the world. It was 17 km long and it had four locomotives in front and two behind to push. It was a one-time experience.