10 Electrical Transport Museum Is About To Disappear

Electrical Transport Museum Is About To Disappear

Posted on October 28, 2011 by

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In St. Petersburg there is a Museum of Electrical Transport. It is located in former Trolley Depot #2. They say, at this place they are going to build another office building or something, so the museum may go out of existence or be deprived of the access road. Apart from its exhibit collection (some of the tolleys can be found driving along the streets of the city), the building of the museum is of great historical value as well. So, the pursuit of profit threatens the oldest trolley depot of St. Petersburg.

Electrical Transport Museum 1

YaTB-1 (Yaroslavl Automobile Plant). Made in 1936. The vehicle has been in use in Leningrad since 1936 until 1953.

Electrical Transport Museum 2

For now, it is the only trolleybus of its kind left. It was found at a dacha in 1996.


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10 Responses to “Electrical Transport Museum Is About To Disappear”

  1. Hirsh says:

    Nice to see such utilitarian vehicles preserved. It’s a shame the museum is facing an uncertain future because these trolleys are touchstones to the past. Something real and visceral that you can stand in, touch, smell, a trip back in time if only for a few moments.

  2. IamI says:

    Those buses, trams and trolleys are so ugly, that – in their own way – becomes pretty. One could only imagine, how hard it was to drive them!

  3. Tovarich Volk says:

    The MTB-82B is a copy of an American Trolley Bus from the same era, (Marmon, I believe). –Love the psychedelic purple interior.

    • Hirsh says:

      Copy may be too strong a word in this case. Stylistically it’s a beautiful interpretation of the Marmon, but upon closer inspection it’s totally unique and different. Unlike some other designs that the Soviets copied with mind boggling accuracy while converting it to metric manufacturing processes. For example the TU-4 Bomber that is a remarkable copy of the B-29 bomber. Mad props to the Russians who accomplished that massive task given them by Stalin! Just amazing… there was a great TV program about just what a massive undertaking it was, and how it spanned manufacturers far and wide across the Soviet Union.

      • Hirsh says:

        The History Channel made a great documentary about the massive undertaking to design the TU-4 Bomber, “Stealing the Superfortress” (2001). Well worth watching if you can find a copy of it.

  4. BostonBloke says:

    Sad to hear that historic buildings are prone to demolition in Russia. There is plenty of room elsewhere to build new office towers! Preserve your history!

  5. John Hine says:

    I have been visiting SPB since 1964 but I have never seen this museum. Can you publish the address? I believe the Railway Technology Museum on the Obvodny Kanal is also threatened. Very sad. The old Warsaw Station should have been used as the Railway and Tram Museum.

  6. Steamed McQueen says:

    Ahh, the trolly / trolleybus. How many hours did I spend on them, riding aimlessly around St. Petersburg, watching the city roll by while drinking beer and chatting with the locals.

    They had a curious scheduling, never seeming to arrive no matter how long one waited at the stop. Or if it did come, then it was going in the other direction, or straight to the parking area.

    Hot in the summer, cold in the winter, uncomfortable and bumpy all of the time. I really liked these old warhorses in spite of their shortcomings.

    So sad that the museum will likely be destroyed to make way for yet another ‘eliteny’ hotel or shopping area.

    Just another thing about St. Pete I really miss!

  7. Alan says:

    There is a working trolley line in San Francisco that is a living museum of trolleys from all over the world. I don’t know if they have any Russian ones, but from these pictures some would be a great addition.

  8. Fritz Mende says:

    I like it when individuals get together and share opinions. Great website, continue the good work!

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