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The Provodnitsa is your friendly carriage attendant. Besides keeping the bathrooms and corridors clean, and the samovar boiling with water, her job is also to keep track of your tickets - which she will hold for the duration of your journey, and advise passengers of the time at each stop, usually displayed in sign language or pointing at your watch. While stretching on the platforms, it is rarely a good idea to stray far from the train, and to keep your eye out on the provenitsas for when they want you to get back on the train. It would be most unlucky to be stuck in a provincial Mongolian or Russian village till the next train. .
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The Provodnitsa is your friendly  carriage attendant.  Besides keeping the bathrooms and corridors clean, and the samovar boiling with water, her job is also to keep track of your tickets - which she will hold for the duration of your journey, and advise passengers of the time at each stop, usually displayed in sign language or pointing at your watch.  While stretching on the platforms, it is rarely a good idea to stray far from the train, and to keep your eye out on the provenitsas for when they want you to get back on the train.  It would be most unlucky to be stuck in a provincial Mongolian or Russian village till the next train. .