Eiffel’s bridge in Georgia and an unforgettable trip by a tiny “Kukushka” train
20 July, 2015
Eiffel’s bridge in Georgia and an unforgettable trip by a tiny “Kukushka” train
Many tourists as well as locals have traveled by famous “Kukushka” train that passes through amazing forest and ascends great mountains of Georgia . If you get a chance to visit Tsagveri, Borjomi or Bakuriani resorts of Georgia don’t forget to take the famous train trip as well.

The bridge which connects Tsagveri (a small city in Borjomi Municipality, south-central Georgia) to Tsemi village through a Borjomi-Bakuriani railway line was designed by the French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel by the
order of the Romanovs, the Russian royal family. The construction was brought to Georgia in pieces and installed on the river Tsemistskali in 1902.

The first “Kukushka” (the Russian nickname for a steam engine) train has completed the Borjomi-Bakuriani route January 1902. Since the railway line went through highly mountainous areas, a Porter-type steam engine was brought from England.
Later, open carriages were added to the train, framed only by handrails. Since 1967, the small steam engine was replaced by an electric engine. The popular “Kukushka” functions still, a favorite of tourists and locals alike.

"Kukushka" at present
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Old "Kukushka"
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