Something which really bothered the Bolsheviks was why so many of the Siberian peasants fled in terror ahead of their advance. As a measure aimed at combatting what they saw as a credibility problem, they brought into service a number of propaganda trains which arrived at the stations along the Trans-Siberian immediately following the Whites’ withdrawal. Emblazoned with stirring slogans and bearing colourful pictures of heroic revolutionaries seeing off the grotesque representatives of the counter-revolutionary movement, the trains often carried a brass quartet to draw the masses to within the hearing of a political commisar.