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The Trans-Mongolian Railway connects Ulan Ude, on the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia, with Beijing by way of Ulan Bator in Mongolia. While Mongolian trains run on the Russian gauge, China uses standard gauge. For this reason through carriages between the two countries must have their wheels changed at the border. Each carriage has to be lifted in turn to have its bogies changed and the whole operation, combined with passport and customs control, can take several hours.
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The Trans-Mongolian Railway connects Ulan Ude, on the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia, with Beijing by way of Ulan Bator in Mongolia. While Mongolian trains run on the Russian gauge, China uses standard gauge. For this reason through carriages between the two countries must have their wheels changed at the border. Each carriage has to be lifted in turn to have its bogies changed and the whole operation, combined with passport and customs control, can take several hours.