• North Korean leader Kim Jong Un often takes his family’s personal armored train to other countries.
  • He’s currently using it to travel to eastern Russia for his first-ever visit to the country and meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
  • Not much is known about this train, but previous accounts and footage show it to be filled with French wine, Apple computers, and plush leather seats.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traveled to eastern Russia this week for his first-ever visit to the country and meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

While some of his delegation flew from North Korea to Vladivostok, where the two leaders will meet, Kim opted to travel hundreds of miles in his family’s armored train instead.

He often takes it to travel abroad – in March, he took a laborious, two-day-long train ride through eastern and southern China to get from Pyongyang to Hanoi, Vietnam, to meet US President Donald Trump.

Not much is known about the Kim family train, a 21-carriage, khaki green train with a distinctive yellow line running across it.

But previous accounts and footage show it to be filled with imported French wine, Apple computers, and plush leather seats. Photos from North Korean state media also provide a rare look inside the unusual vehicle.

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North Korean media on Wednesday aired footage of Kim waving goodbye to army officials and civilians before boarding the train.

Foto: sourceKorean Central Television via BBC Monitoring

While most of Kim’s foreign trips are kept secret, it’s easy to know when he’s out of the country due to the distinctive green train.

Kim has used the train to travel to China and Vietnam before.

Foto: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the border town with China in Dong Dang, Vietnam, February 26, 2019.sourceNhan Sang/VNA via REUTERS

The North Korean leader used the family train to travel to China on his birthday in January 2019, and in March 2018. He also took it to Vietnam to meet Trump earlier this year.

When Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, used the train, officials would shut down power to other lines so nobody could get in his way.

Foto: Kim Jong Un waves from his train in China in March 2018. It’s not clear whether this was taken as he arrived or departed.sourceKCNA/Reuters

Source: The Chosun Ilbo

The train has an average speed of just 37 mph — likely because every carriage is bulletproof, making it much heavier than a regular train.

Foto: Kim Jong Il’s train seen parked at a railway statin in Ulan-Ude, Russia, in August 2011.sourceAnna Ogorodnik/AP

Source: The Chosun Ilbo, The New York Times

It also has a red-carpeted ramp on which the supreme leader can board the train.

Foto: Kim Jong Il enters the carriage via the ramp at the Bureya railway station in Siberia, Russia, in August 2011.sourceIA Port Amur, www.portamur.ru/AP

During his Wednesday trip to Russia, however, the train accidentally overshot a red carpet laid out in advance for Kim’s entrance, Business Insider’s Alex Lockie reported.

The North Korean leader’s security detail was forced to stand holding a ramp while the train repositioned.

Read more: Kim Jong Un’s meeting with Putin was delayed by a red carpet gaffe that derailed his grand entrance

Here’s the red carpet ramp from another angle. The woman in the picture is Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong, who often accompanies her brother to foreign trips.

Foto: Kim Yo Jong at the Dong Dang railway station, Vietnam, on February 26, 2019.sourceReuters/Athit Perawongmetha

Inside one of the carriages are pink leather chairs with small wooden tables in between. Here’s Kim, his wife Ri Sol Ju, and other officials sitting on them.

Foto: sourceKCNA

This carriage looks long enough to fit at least 20 people.

Foto: sourceKCNA/Reuters

Apart from the color of the chairs, the design inside the train carriages don’t seem to have changed much since the reign of Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un’s father and predecessor.

Foto: sourceCurtis Melvin/YouTube

The elder Kim also had a flat-screen TV, wooden desk and a computer at the end of one of his carriages.

The desk and computer are now being preserved at Kim’s mausoleum in Pyongyang. It’s not clear where the TV is.

Watch this YouTube video from 2011 to see what the train was like when Kim Jong Il was leader.

Source: The New York Times

Kim Jong Un also conducts official business on the train. This still from a 2015 video shows him speaking to officials in an all-white conference room during a domestic trip.

Foto: sourceNorth Korean state media/YouTube

Unlike his father, however, Kim seems to prefer using Apple MacBooks to desktop computers.

Foto: Still from a 2015 video.sourceNorth Korean state media/YouTube/Business Insider

Kim Jong Un is known to be an Apple fan.

Kim Jong Il used to travel in opulence — he stocked his train with Bordeaux and Burgundy red wines, silver chopsticks, and whatever else he fancied from around the world.

Foto: Kim Jong Il and Konstantin Pulikovsky, centre, near Vladivostok in July 2001.sourceIgor Kochetkov/AP

This is according to Konstantin Pulikovsky, a Russian official who travelled with the late North Korean leader in the early 2000s – when the rest of North Korea was reliant on humanitarian aid after years of famine.

Source: The New York Times

“It was possible to order any dish of Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and French cuisine” on board, Pulikovsky said. This undated footage shows a section of the train’s dining carriage under Kim Jong Il’s reign, which has reportedly since been renovated.

Foto: sourceKorean Central Television via Curtis Melvin/YouTube

Watch the entire video of the dining car here.

Source: The New York Times

It’s not clear whether Kim Jong Un stocks the train as opulently as his father did. But he’s not known to be one to skimp — he reportedly enjoys Swiss cheese, Cristal Champagne and Hennessy cognac.

Foto: Kim toasts with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in March 2018.sourceKCNA/via Reuters

Source: The New York Times

He’s also been caught taking smoke breaks during his lengthy train ride to Vietnam in February, with his sister Kim Yo Jong holding a crystal ashtray for him.

Foto: sourceTBS-JNN

Read more: Hidden TV cameras caught Kim Jong Un taking a cigarette break in China on his epic train journey to his summit with Trump