Russians reconstruct Romanov family's last journey

Chugging through Russia's imperial past

Location: Sverdlovsk

Tourists are retracing the Romanov family's last journey

with a new train route that runs through the Ural mountains

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) TRAIN PASSENGER, MARIA GORBUNOVA, SAYING:"Initially, I was a bit shy, but then I saw that people were trying on these costumes, they liked it, and I also wanted to try this look ... I feel spiritually involved in history, it all resonates in my soul."

The three-hour journey retraces the gruesome history

leading up to the royal family's execution in 1918

Video Transcript

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MARIA GORBUNOVA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN]

INTERPRETER: Initially, I was a bit shy. But then, I saw that people were trying on these costumes and they liked it, and I also wanted to try this look. I feel spiritually involved in history. It all resonates in my soul.

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