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Tynda (Russian: ?????) is a town in Amur Oblast, Russia, located on the Tynda River (Amur basin). It is an important junction on the BAM railway. With a population of 40,094 (2002 Census) it is the largest town for over 300 miles in any direction. In the early seventies the Soviet government launched a giant project targeting untapped mineral and lumber resources of the Russian Far East. It was to be called the BAM Railway. Tynda became the capital and administrative center of the BAM, and it was built for this role. Geographically it is located in the East of Russia northwest of Vladivostok. Regionally it is the Amur Region of the Russian Federation. It is also almost on the southern border with Yakutia-Sakha Republic of the Russian Federation. The closest large cities are Blagoveschensk (one hour by plane and 12 hours by train), Khabarovsk (30 hours by train), and Neryungri (8 hours by train). Tynda has a small local airport. It is connected by railway with most cities in Russia, including Moscow. more


The name of the city originally means that the city is located at the very northern tip of unique lake Baikal. Severobaikalsk is closely surrounded by the mountains of Baikalsky mountain ridge from three sides, from the fourth side it is washed by lake Baikal . The city is situated in Buryatia. Severobaikalsk was founded in 1974 thanks to the construction of Baikal-Amur Mainline (railroad). At that time it was just a very small settling of the builders of the Buryat part of BAM. That was 510th kilometer of the new railroad and its name was "New Year Settlement". It represented a group of tents, small wooden huts and railroad cars put on the ground. There were a few heating stations and electricity was produced by mobile diesel power stations. In a few years it would grow into a large transportation unit with mighty construction complex and developed social infrastructure. The population of the city is around 28,000 inhabitants. more