Well, I don't plan on modeling any Russian railroads any time soon ... but this Russian narrow gauge critter is high up on my "to do" (one day!) list. It just really, really looks the part of a NG critter to me!
As to modeling Russian railroads ... first, a brief side-trip ... I had the pleasure of living in Colorado for 9 years. No photographs or videos could have really prepared me for that experience. Only being there gave (some) sense of perspective on the vastness of the blue sky and the never-ending discoveries to be made in the mountains. Don't think I could model any far-off places until I had at least been for a visit ... and the wish-list of places to go far exceeds the budget ... so maybe I'll just have to settle for sitting here and building critters from around the world as time allows.