Gauging Interest – Part Dva

The Russian word for station is vokzal. Alledgidly, this word came about as a Russian delegation were on a fact finding mission in London prior to starting the Trans Siberian rail network. As part of the data sharing exercise they were taken to Vauxhall station. When the Russians asked what the building was they were told Vauxhall, which they assumed meant the building rather than the name of the place.

So all Russian stations are named after Vauxhall. 

Coincidentally one of the guys we met in Ulaanbaatar was from Vauxhall. Isn’t it funny how these coincidences warps their way into life’s rich tapestry.


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