oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - A railway line 70 years in the making
A journey by rail through a vast and desolate landscape sounded like an interesting read to armchair traveller Lorraine Fourie. Dervla Murphy's book Through Siberia by accident not only proved a splendid second-hand travel experience, it also highlighted the existence of a railway line described by the author as "an awesome witness to Russian engineering ingenuity". Post-doctoral fellows Alexander Tarasov and Maxim Kovtun from the Technological University of Belgorod in Russia, who were doing practical research within the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria, delved into a few Russian websites and provided more recent information on the project.
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