The Coal Trader

Railway “Incident” Connecting Russia and China

The Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) in Russia is facing disruptions after a freight train caught fire, blocking the Severomuysky tunnel. Russia’s main railway operator, RZD, is diverting cargo trains bound for Far Eastern ports, impacting coal shipments to the port of Vanino. This port is crucial for coal exports by key miners like SUEK, Mechel, and Elga.

The Severomuysky tunnel is a vital railway connection between Russia and China, primarily used for military supplies, and the disruption is reported by Pravda to be attributed to an explosion believed to be orchestrated by Ukraine’s Security Service (SSU). The incident adds to previous challenges, including flooding earlier in the year that affected BAM track in the same region.

From Pravda:


On the night of 29-30 November, an explosion occurred on the Baikal-Amur Mainline in the Severomuysky Tunnel, named after Vladimir Bessolov, located in Buryatia (Russia).

Source: Ukrainska Pravda’s source in the security forces

Details: The source notes that this is actually the only major railway connection between Russia and China. And currently this route, which Russia uses, specifically for military supplies, is paralysed.

The UP source said the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) is behind this detonation.

Officially, the special service does not comment on these events.

Quote: “Four explosive devices went off during the movement of the freight train. Now the FSB is working on the spot, and railway workers are unsuccessfully trying to minimise the consequences of the SSU’s special operation.”