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New trans-Siberian line reported near completion

Engineers working on the Soviet Union's top transport priority, the new ''BAM'' trans-Siberian railway, are within 65 miles of linking up the final sections of track, the official daily Pravda said Tuesday.

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Pravda said the line would now be finished well ahead of the Nov. 7 deadline. But reports from the area have suggested that substantial difficulties still remain because mountains separate the two construction teams.

The new route, known as the Baikal-Amur-Mainline (BAM), will run from Lake Baikal to the Amur River, several hundred miles to the north of the prerevolutionary trans-Siberian line. It is intended to promote settlement and development of eastern Siberia's natural resources.

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