Estonia / Russia, border markers 301 - 400

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Bordermarkers 341 - 350
The end of the October 2016 hike, the start of the April 2017 hike.
Along the Piusa river and the Koidula border crossings.

Map 341 - 346
Starting just before the bridge over the Piusa river, ending just before the border crossing Koidula.
North of the river the new and enormous freight marshalling yard 'Koidula'. Since the EU trade sactions against Russia, there is only low activity here. Very long and empty tracks.
One or two trains a day...

Border marker 341
The last markers of our October 2016 tour. Still cameras everywhere. On the background you see BM 342 as well.
We started our April 2017 hile right here.
When you point with the mouse on the picture, you see the same situation in April 2017. The Russian pole is covered now by a Estonian copy. The spring season gives you a much better overview due to the lack of leaves. THis is why I make most of my border study trips in early spring.

Border marker 342
The same situation at border marker 342. This is the last one we covered during our October 2016 tour.
We had an attempt to see 343 and it's submarkers but they were not erected yet and due to the high reet. We missed some of the wooden sticks. In April this would be much easier and more successful.
This is the last border marker before the borders changes from land to river. Here the cameras stop as well. So the 126(?) camearas cover the whole area between the ???River and the Piusa river.

EE-RU  20160415 Bridge over Piusa river
On the Estonian side there is a bridge over the Piusa river. For the next kilometers the Piusa river is the border between Estonia and Russia.

EE-RU  20160415 Bridge over Piusa river
About 10 meters from the bridge the border reaches the river.
End of the October 2016 tour.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 343
A freh start in APril 2017. The landscape changed completly. The remaining grass and reet turned into nice brown colors. The Estonians erected in the mean time all their own border markers in this area. On this picture you also see the Russian copy on the other bank of the Piusa river.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 343A
On the most northern meanders of the river the Estonians erected some sub markers.THis is the first one, 343A

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 344
It took some effort to reach this. First we missed it, but when we came back from BM 346 we finally found it. Due to the many meanders in the river, it was a bit puzzling to reach it.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 345
Also a brand new placed border marker. The Russian copy must be hidden in the woods, it'not visable form here.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 345A
Again some sub-markers on a northern meander of the river.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 345B
And a second one.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 345C
Even a third one.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 345D
And finally the last.

Map 346-350
Not the easiest place to be. Included between the road-bridge and the rail bridge over the Piusa. At the right you see the old rail crossing as a dotted line.

EE-RU  20160415 View on Russian border crossing
Now we enter an area where we have to be careful, this is the border crossing 'Koidula' which is used for road and rail. Border Guards and other military-oriented people are in the majority here. In October 2016 we had some trouble here, but now we were tolerated although I'm sure we were noticed.
Here a look at the Russian side of the border crossing. The Russian sign says "Пско́вская о́бласть", Pskovskaya oblast'.

Border marker 346
The Russian copy on the Russian bank near the bridge.
This bridge is rather famous or at least well-known. In Septmber 2015 an exchange of prisoners took place. Estonian security official Eston Kohver was sentenced to 15 years in a Russian jail. He was swapped for Aleksei Dressen, who was imprisoned in Estonia in 2012 on charges of spying for Moscow.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 346
And the Estonian copy on 'our' side of the bridge.
It was not that easy to picture these border markers. We could not come that close and I used my zoom lens.
From here we walked back to our car which I parked close to BM 343,

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 347
I foresaw some problems reaching the border markers 347-350 due to security issues: They are between the road-crossing and the rail-crossing so all in the vicinity of bridges over the Piusa. Not a place for visitors...
Fortunally I got the full support from the Border Guard Service, so no delay or unpleasant surprises.
As you can see on the map, the Piusa river has some small branches here. On the background of the border markers you can see some Russian baracks which are located between the Russian branches.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 348
On the Russian side well fenced.

EE-RU  20160415 Between border marker 348 and 349
Picture taken from West to East. At the right the Piusa river. Than the rail bridge over the Piusa. Although there is low traffic and only freight trains, the bridge is permanently guarded by two Russian Border Guards. I didn't picture them, they wouldn't like it.
And then at last in the boackground a Russian watch tower.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 349
This marker is just at the outside of a small power station for the x-ray installation which is used to inspect the train loads.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 349
The Russian copy is located at the opposite side of the bridge.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 350
The new Estonian copy at the old railway bridge. This bridge is not in use anymore since the new bridge was constructed in 19??.
On the Russian side thre is still an old signal. The bridge is also guarded by two Russian Border Guards. I dont't understand why they just don't remove the bridge. It has no function.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 350A
We leave the crowded area and are back along the quiet bank of the Piusa river.
Again a sub marker.

EE-RU  20160415 Border marker 350B
And even a second sub marker.

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