First Arctic Train Service

First Arctic Train Service

Question: Which country started the first Arctic Train service recently?
(a) China
(b) Germany
(c) Australia
(d) Russia
Answer: (d)
Related facts:

  • Russia started the first Arctic Train Service on 5th June, 2019.
  • The first tourist train traveling through Russia’s Arctic region and on to Norway set off from St. Petersburg station.
  • The train carries 91 passengers aboard for the inaugural trial journey.
  • The tourists came from seven countries including the US, Germany, Norway and Russia.
  • The train, named Zarengold will take 11 days to complete the whole trip and allow passengers to discover areas difficult to access by other means.
  • At Murmansk, by far the largest city north of the Arctic Circle, the tourists will get off the train and continue by bus to Kirkenes in Norway before ending their journey with a boat trip to Oslo or by air to the island of Spitsbergen.
  • The train was expected to run twice next year and four times in 2021.
  • Russia hopes to become the top economic and military power in the Arctic and so is working for the new trading routes as global warming breaks up the glaciers.

Links:
https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/russia-opens-first-arctic-train-service-119060600063_1.html
http://ddnews.gov.in/international/russia-launches-first-arctic-train-service

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