A view of the yard of a housing block in the small town of Khani, built along the route of the Baikal Amur Mainline railway. Today it has less than 800 inhabitants. The BAM runs around 600 to 700 km parallel and north of the Trans-siberian route through Siberia and Russia's Far East. It runs for almost 4,400 kms and is laden with history - from its initial construction by gulag prisoners to its expansion by Komsomol (Communist Youth) and toward its decline toward the end of the Soviet Union. Today, many settlements along the line are in steep decline.