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vladm:
From June 2nd, everyone who visits St Petersburg, will be able to travel to Tsarskoye Selo on Imperial type of train, with steam locomotive.
From St. Petersburg – Vitebsky station train will depart at 10:30 and from Pushkin back to St. Petersburg at 17:30.

btw this true color picture from 1909 by Prokudin-Gorsky

ChristineM:
How amazing.   Thank you vladm.

I ADORE steam trains, so, for me, what a combination - travelling on a steam train from St Petersburg to Tsarskoe Selo!    Its difficult to wish for anything more.

tsaria

Janet_W.:
Wow! I agree!

The only steam-powered trains I've been on have been at Disneyland  :D , so I would ADORE traveling by steam train in a more-or-less straight line to an actual destination!

We took a more prosaic means of transport--a bus--when we visited Tsarkoe Selo back in 1991. With the exception of Livadia, it was the place I most wanted to visit during our four-city tour, and I remember how excited I felt as the wooded area far ahead of us came closer into view. We visited the Catherine Palace, had lunch at a charming restaurant, then visited Pavlosk before leaving. But to travel by train, arriving midmorning, then be able to spend half the day walking about and drinking in the atmosphere . . . ah, similar to what Tsaria has said, that would be heaven.

Helen_Azar:
This is awesome! I've ridden in a real 19th century steam train in New Hope, PA, and this looks very similar.  I did take the train a couple of times from St Pete to Pushkin and vice versa when I was there, but it was not the same... It was slow and hot and crowded and boring. A steam train is a whole different ball game. So, is this a permanent set up or only temporary?

dmitri:
The station is really quite a hike from both Palaces at Tsarskoe Selo. I would recommend a private driver and guide. Of course there are plenty of places you can take a steam train around the world. 

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