In the russian federation, the explosion in the Severomuysky tunnel on the Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM), which happened yesterday on the night of November 30 (November 29 at around 5:20 p.m. local time), was called as a terrorist attack.
This speaks volumes for the scale of possible damage to this important facility, which was previously described as "smoke from a fire" in one of the carriages. Being strategic alternative route to the Trans–Siberian Railway, the BAM is critically important for the country's logistics
As reported by unofficial sources in the Russian Federation (Telegram-channel Baza), a train consisting of 50 cars, including 41 tanks with diesel fuel and another 3 with aviation kerosene, was blown up while passing through the tunnel.
After the explosion, it was possible to extract only 14 tanks, that is, 35 cars remained in the tunnel and, as stated, it is impossible to extract them due to damage to the rails and partial flooding of the tunnel with fuel. It should also be added that as a result of the fire, the signaling and electrification system in the tunnel was most likely disabled.
Officially, the Department of russian Railways reported that the movement of trains is organized along the bypass section and it is carried out "with a slight increase in time". The only detour on this section of the BAM is the so-called "Devil's Bridge", which is the bottleneck of the entire Baikal–Amur Mainline. It was to eliminate this bottleneck that the 15-km-long Severomuysky tunnel was built - its construction lasted 26 years and was completed only in 2003.
This bridge has not been operated since that time, but, as noted, was maintained in working order. The passage of this section required reducing the speed to 20 km/h, limiting the total weight of the train and using additional locomotives for pushing.
As RBC-Ukraine reports, on Friday, December 1, another explosion of a train with fuel took place on the Devil's Bridge, the organization of which, as in the case of the Severomuysky tunnel, is also attributed to the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU).
The interlocutors of RBC-Ukraine note that on the Baikal–Amur Mainline, the Ukrainian special service conducted the second stage of the operation to disable the important railway line, which is used by the enemy for military purposes against Ukraine.
Since the first freight train exploded directly in the Severomuysky tunnel, the russians began to use a detour through the "Devil's Bridge" to continue the movement.
"This is exactly what the SSU was counting on: when the train was passing over this 35-meter-high bridge, the explosive devices embedded in it went off," sources told RBC-Ukraine.
The suspension of the operation of the Baikal–Amur Mainline creates huge problems for the military logistics of the aggressor state, because BAM is one of the two railway mainlins connecting the Far East with the Western part of the russian federation. Also this highway. is part of the logistics routes to China and the North Korea.
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