The Baikal-Amur Mainline (Baikalo-Amurskaya magistral', BAM) is one of the longest main railway lines in the world. It runs through the territories of Irkutsk Oblast’, Zabaykalsky Krai, Amur Oblast, the Republic of Buryatia, the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic and Khabarovsk Krai.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Council of Ministers of the USSR adopted a resolution on the BAM construction in 1974.
The main railway from Tayshet to Sovetskaya Gavan was built with substantial intervals. Constructing the central section of the mainline took more than 12 years due to severe geological and climatic environment. Severomuyskiy Tunnel, which was one of the most difficult sections to construct, was commissioned in 2003.
The construction of BAM met national-wide challenges, i.e. access to Siberian natural resources, through transportation and the creation of the shortest intercontinental way between the East and the West.
The stamp depicts a locomotive "Ermak" against mountains in the background; a map of the Baikal-Amur Mainline with the indication of the railway stations is on the margins of a souvenir sheet.
An illustrated cover has been prepared for the release with a souvenir sheet and an FDC with cancellation (Moscow) inside.
Design: A. Drobyshev.
Face value: 40 RUB
Size of souvenir sheet: 90 × 68 mm, size of stamp in the sheet: 50 × 37 mm.
Circulation: 75 thousand souvenir sheets.