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From Ufa to Omsk

Russia is the largest country on earth.  Crossing over from the European continent into Asia we continue to travel East. Just above the border of Kazakhstan we travel through some of the most incredible scenery one could imagine. 

Omsk is a major rail hub for the Trans Siberian Railway.  Here is a directory of Omsk to other cities:

Ah, while the scenery is nice, we are driving thru one of the most polluted areas in the world due to several (previously unreported by the CCCP) nuclear accidents at the Mayak power station, long before Chernobyl.

The major highway M51 is a combination of modern paved highway with large sections suddenly converting to gravel for hours, then reverting to pavement.  If you have to ask about rest areas, motels, clean restrooms, well you should have taken the train!

We're 1100 Km (692 miles) from Ufa to Omsk so settle in for a long ride!

Distance    City     Km
 Omsk - Moscow   2 238 km
 Omsk - Saint Petersburg   2 589 km
 Omsk - Novosibirsk   607 km
 Omsk - Yekaterinburg   822 km
 Omsk - Nizhniy Novgorod   1 836 km
 Omsk - Samara   1 522 km
 Omsk - Omsk   0 km
 Omsk - Kazan   1 528 km
 Omsk - Rostov-na-donu   2 476 km
 Omsk - Chelyabinsk   761 km
 Omsk - Ufa   1 108 km
 Omsk - Volgograd   2 076 km
 Omsk - Perm   1 101 km
 Omsk - Krasnoyarsk   1 223 km
 Omsk - Saratov   1 847 km
 Omsk - Voronezh   2 280 km
 Omsk - Tolyatti   1 559 km
 Omsk - Krasnodar   2 663 km
 Omsk - Ulyanovsk   1 601 km
 Omsk - Izhevsk   1 269 km
 Omsk - Yaroslavl   2 068 km
 Omsk - Barnaul   698 km
 Omsk - Vladivostok   4 321 km
 Omsk - Irkutsk   2 045 km
 Omsk - Khabarovsk   4 167 km

It's definitely not a drive to take in winter!

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Re: Driving to Omsk
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2008, 06:45:02 AM »
Welcome to Omsk

During the 2+ year Russian Civil War, the White forces came close to ruling Russia from Siberia to the East while the Communists would have ruled Western Russia.  The Red Army outfought the White forces (which included USA, Canadian and British forces) and the whole of Russia fell to the Bolsheviks. Omsk was the capital of "White Russia" during part of the War years.

New York Times headline
Russia Wavers Between Anarchy And the New Siberian Autocracy; RUSSIA BETWEEN CHAOS OR AUTOCRACY!

By CARL W. ACKERMAN. Dec 1918, by The New York Times Company. Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
ON THE WAY TO VLADIVOSTOK, Dec. 16.--Divided between East and West, as America was between North and South during the civil war, Russia is today making a new start toward reorganization.

Omsk in a nutshell
Founded in 1716
Is said to be the capital of South-Western Siberia
Situated in the southern part of the West-Sibirian plain
Climate is continental
Population is 1,5 mil people
Distance from Moscow - 2555 km.
Local time GMT +6
Phone code: 3812
Big railway traffic centre

Omsk (Омск) is a city in southwest Siberia, the administrative center of Omsk Oblast. It is the second-largest city in Russia beyond the Urals. The distance from Omsk to Moscow is 2,700 kilometres (1,700 mi).

In the Russian Empire, it was the seat of the Governor General of Western Siberia, and later of the Governor General of the Steppes. For a brief period during the Russian Civil War, it was proclaimed the Capital of Russia, and held the imperial gold reserves. Omsk is sometimes called the capital of South-Western Siberia. The territory of Omsk region is 139,7 thousand square kilemeters and is divided into 32 administrative districts.

The Omsk population is 1,5 million people. It is a multinational City. It is inhabited by Russians, Germans, Ukrainians, Tatars, Kazakhs, Belorussians, Bashkeers, Jewry and other nations, altogether – about 80 nationalities. Omsk region is situated in the southern part of the West-Sibirian plain. On the West and North the region borders Tyumen region, on the East – with Tomsk and Novosibirsk regions, on the South and South-Western direction – with Kazhakstan.

It's always Friday in Omsk!

History of Omsk Region
Omsk was founded in 1716 as a fortress at the junction point of channels of the Irtysh and the Om rivers by Colonel Ivan Bookhgoltz, this historic fact initiated developing one of the oldest cities in Siberia. At the second part of the 18th century the fortress became the largest fortification at the East of the country.

Construction of Trans - Siberian railway boosted the development of the city and connected Omsk with the European part of Russia.

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Re: Driving to Omsk
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2008, 06:46:26 AM »
Omsk, continued

Situated on the banks of the north-flowing Irtysh, at its confluence with the Om River, at an altitude of 87 metres (290 ft), and on both branches of the Trans-Siberian railway, 2,700 kilometres (1,700 mi) east of Moscow, it is the cross-junction of highways in the central part of Russian Federation. Passenger and freight boats along the Irtysh and the Ob Rivers provide connection from coal and mineral-mining towns in Kazakhstan, as well as oil, natural gas and lumber-rich northern Siberia. Scheduled and charter flights link Omsk Tsentralny Airport with multiple domestic and international flights.

There are 83 public libraries with book fund exceeding 7 million pieces, 9 museums, containing over 220 000 collection items, theatres of Omsk are also well known in Russia as well as abroad. Omsk is a highly regarded center of medical training for Eastern Russia.

There are 10 000 physicians and 17000 nurses in Omsk as well as 60 hospitals and 158 dispensaries. Omsk Medical Academy trains highly skilled doctors of different specialties and is in charge of raising the level of G.Ps skills. There are 30 special medical centers in Omsk , such as: endocrinological, pulmonological, perinatal, microsurgery, surgery of lever, gastroenterology, and diagnostic center, the largest one in Siberia.

Omsk State University.

The flight time from Moscow is 3 hours. There are 3 flights every day: 2 in the early morning and one at night.

Omsk Hockey Team Avangard is the champion of the Russian Hockey Superleague in 2004, 2 times took the second place – in 1998 and 2006, and is proud to be the European Hockey Champion in 2005. Grain growing is the main form of plant cultivation in Omsk Region. Most of the grain crop consists of hard and durum wheat. Grain yields are sufficient to meet the region's requirements, but vegetable supplies satisfy only 50% of demand.

Lenin Street leads to the merchant markets.