abbreviated as Turk-Sib,
important railroad in Central Asia, providing the shortest link between Siberia and Central Asia. Completed in 1931, it runs from the Trans-Siberian RR
at Novosibirsk SW to the Trans-Caspian RR
, which it joins N of Tashkent. Its principal stations are Barnaul in Russia and Semey, Almaty, Taraz, and Shymkent in Kazakhstan. A spur of the railroad reaches Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. The railroad is of vital economic importance.
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