First road to Norilsk was horse-drawn

First road to Norilsk was horse-drawn

February 09, 2023

The industrial development of the Norilsk region completely depended on the organization of communication lines. In other words, from transport and logistics.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. But before the construction of the railway, the way from Dudinka to Norilsk was only on foot or by sleigh. In November 1935, a horse-drawn road was laid along this route with stopping points in the area of lake Boganidskoye, at the 50th kilometer, and at the Ambarnaya river. This first winter road operated until spring.

In the summer, a mixed pedestrian-water route worked: goods and people were sent by barges along the river from Dudinka to the transshipment base on lake Boganidskoye, and from there they reached Norilsk on tractors, horses and deer.

In the summer of 1936, a narrow-gauge railway began to be built between Norilsk and Dudinka, and on May 18, 1937, the first steam locomotive went along this branch. But it did not last long: in the summer, the frozen bridges and snow embankments melted, and the construction of the narrow gauge railway continued. It was completed in the 1940s and even in the early 1950s.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

February 09, 2023

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