Kursha-2’s history was short and dramatic. The town was established shortly after the October Revolution of 1917. It housed the workers employed in the exploitation of the forests in the surrounding area. In 1936, firestorms broke out in the region. A train was sent to Kursha-2, and the dispatcher insisted on loading wood onto the empty train before it left the endangered area. The process lasted too long and the firestorm reached the village. There were not enough spaces on the train to fit all the settlers, and hundreds were forced to stay at the station. When the full train reached the bridge it needed to cross to get back to safety, the bridge had been already destroyed by the fire. Everybody in the village and on the train died, a total of around 1200 people.
Kursha-2, Ryazan Oblast, Russia.