25 Vehicles of Chernobyl

Vehicles of Chernobyl

Posted on January 10, 2011 by team

Looking at this picture you’re thinking of a parking lot or finished output, aren’t you? But actually that is all private cars from the Chernobyl area. After the accident the state bought these cars from their owners and collected them in one place. There is very little information on the fate of the Chernobyl means of transport but still you can find something interesting here.

All machinery can be divided into 3 groups:

1. those which had been working before the accident – fire engines, private cars of the townspeople and country people,  machinery of the service staff of the nuclear power plant and construction machinery.

2.  those which have taken part in the liquidation of the accident – various stuff, from buses and robots to helicopters and armored vehicles.

After the liquidation all the infected machinery have been buried in special places. Those ones less infected have been put on a special guarded ground in the Rassoha village waiting for their recycling. Nowadays this ground doesn’t exist anymore.

3.  those which served the area after the accident – different kinds of trucks, buses and train taking people to work and cars of the security service of this area.

Rare thing

Tractor-robot. At first it was brought to a place by a man but then, coming closer to the more infected area, it worked remotely.

Another remote-control model.

Building area

Operator’s cab

Robot collecting radiative fragments.

Military “Maz” truck.


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25 Responses to “Vehicles of Chernobyl”

  1. Zjoske says:

    I like the “parking lot” picture …

  2. IceShadow says:

    First! :)

  3. IceShadow says:

    Or not…..

  4. LMHTFY says:

    Funny how all the cars seem to look the same, just various colours

  5. George Johnson says:

    One photo of the guys loading the “MAZ” truck, it looks like a bear in the truck!

    Russia has trained bears loading trucks!! :-)

  6. Oleksa says:

    ‘The men are putting the radiative fragments into the truck’. Those men died in agony after being exposed to such doses of radiation. But who cared in Soviet Russia? The value of human life… well, there was no value.

  7. Sabot says:

    Brave souls those who worked to rehab the hot zone after the accident. A job that had to be done, but still, much credit.

  8. Helmut says:

    There is german text in the screenshots.

  9. Boritz says:

    These are not the first images of Chernobyl automobile graveyards I’ve seen…many, including these, show vehicles with parts removed (salvaged). So, if the parts were valuable, it was acceptable to ignore the radiation infection?? WTF??

    • Kent_Diego says:

      Seems like they should have set fire to these cars to stop the removal of radiated parts.

      • Hirsh says:

        That’s stupid. Setting fire is about the worse thing you can do to objects contaminated with radioactive particles. The radioactive isotopes just go up with the smoke and are carried off by the wind. Fires in the zone are one of the primary threats still faced in containing the radioactivity within the zone. A single forest fire could spread contamination far beyond the borders of the zone to contaminate new areas.

  10. fermmm says:

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN’T BELIVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Musa says:


  12. j s says:

    Not everything in the Exclusion Zone is contaminated. I believe they should move everything out and process them to determine what is and is not.

  13. DougW says:

    I wonder how many radioactive parts made it onto the black market?

    • Jim-Bob says:

      Plenty! They were even putting people to death for stealing from Chernobyl and Pripyat afterward to try and stop people from doing so. The government was going to pawn shops around Kiev to try and find items from the city that had been pawned by looters. Still, with the fall of the USSR, security became lax and people looted the area and scavenged from the vehicles. This is why so many of them are picked clean today. Plus, when you had very little diversity in the cars sold ( Lada, Moskvitch, Zaprozhets, and a few Volgas and Poebdas) in the USSR, most of the vehicles left had parts that were of value to most vehicle owning Soviets.

  14. xxx says:

    good work

  15. Mahmoud A., Persian says:

    “Looking at this picture you’re thinking of a parking lot or finished output, aren’t you?”

    No. Actually, I was thinking how much the Soviets loved the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. Very charming, and reflective of the simple tastes of the peasants who created the USSR.

    Mahmoud A.
    Creator of the “Persian Palette,” an artistic collection of sophisticated colors for home decor and automotive refinishing.

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