Russia has seen a lot of different constructions throughout its existence. Building a power plant on the Volga river and erecting a bay in Samara are just a few examples. Today you will fling yourself into the creative upbuidling processes the results of which are left for the future generations.
For the first time the project of the Volga hydroelectric power station was considered in the beginning of the last century. In 1910 a talented Russian engineer G. Krzhizhanovsky offered the imperial government to build a power station on the Volga river. But only in 1919 the scientist obtained an order from Lenin according to which he had to choose the site where the future enterprise would be located. In 1940 they launched construction of a village next to Samara. It was planned that the village would be inhabited by those participating in the plant construction. A bit later World War II broke out making them to abandon the plans. However, the after-war years were marked by hydrogeological investigations which proved appropriateness of plant construction next to Samara. A giant construction project was launched in 1950. It resulted in the largest dam in the country and powerful navigation locks.
Bank of the Volga river before the plant construction in 1950.
Beginning of land development.
It is not a secret that thousands of prisoners were engaged in the construction process. In 1955 the number of prisoners accounted for 46 000.
That time it was allowed to take pictures of freelance workers only.
Making a working trench.
The most modern equipment such as excavators and trucks was used during the works.
Preparing a floating bridge on site of the to-be overflow dam.
Construction of the overflow dam.
7 million cubic meters of concrete were used during the construction.
The dam is located on the left bank of the river. Its length is 1 km. It has 38 overflow passages and devices for energy dissipation.Â Construction next to the turbine room.
The construction site was often visited by governmental officials.