I work at the Tbilisi railway station
People working at the Tbilisi railway station remember the 1990s and even before.
Vasil Eliashvili, 47, engineer.
“I came to the railway at the age of 14 and helped the engineers. I began to drive trains myself in 2000. I drove a new, two-story train for the first time last year. I work the Tbilisi-Batumi route and know every bush along it. I get three hours of rest after I arrive in Batumi, then it’s back to Tbilisi. In the 1990s it sometimes took up to three days to complete the journey; the voltage would drop, and the train would stop somewhere along the route, freezing with the passengers in the woods somewhere, and no one knew when it would be possible to start moving again. That’s how it was at the time. Everywhere you looked, people were armed. I, myself only travel by train as an engineer. Actually, I have no time for traveling, I’m always at work. Trains on the Tbilisi-Batumi route run twice a day, and two more routes are added in the summer.”