The lines finally converge at the Irtysh—the first of the large Siberian rivers—in Omsk, which served as Russia’s ‘white capital’ during the Civil War. The next big city is Novosibirsk, located on the Ob River, with the largest train station in Russia. But, as Chekhov remarked, «if the landscape outside the window matters to you, you will be bored from the Urals to the Yenisei.» While traveling on the train, you will see the perfectly flat West Siberian Plain with
its endless fields and birch groves for over a day.
After crossing the rapid Yenisei, on which picturesque Krasnoyarsk stands, the landscape begins to change. Now, mountains covered with dark taiga will accompany the passenger all the way to the Pacific Ocean.