It might not be surprising to learn that the Trans-Siberian Railroad is run by the Russian government via the state-owned company Russian Railways. However, what may be news to you is that the railroad has its own armed forces, namely, the Railway Troops. First established in 1851, it is the oldest force of its kind.
The Trans-Siberian Railroad is an important part of the Russian economy, handling 30 percent of all exports, and it’s protection is essential for national security.
As with all armed forces, the primary responsibility of the Railway Troops is to defend the nation, and they fulfill this responsibility by building, maintaining and protecting the Trans-Siberian Railroad.