ULYANOVKA, Russia (AP) — For Pavel Chilin, building his own railway was the fulfillment of a childhood dream.
It took the 62-year-old electrical engineer more than 10 years to build a 350-meter (383-yard)-long narrow-gauge railway twisting through the grounds of his steads about 50 kilometers (some 30 miles) outside St. Petersburg. It has various branches, dead ends, circuit loops, and even three bridges.
The design of his steam train is based on a classic example from the early 20th century. Chilin built it with the help of a few other enthusiasts and railway fans, and some neighbors who brought him metal parts and other materials.
“I’ve been excited about railways and trains since my childhood and always wanted to have my own one,” Chilin said. “Finally, I my dream came true.”
His railway quickly became a hit with both adults and children, who are eager to test the train and enjoy a slow journey.