10 Sukhum Depot of the Armenian Railway

Sukhum Depot of the Armenian Railway

Posted on June 10, 2012 by team

Report from the railway depot in Sukhum, Georgia.

Sukhum is the busiest station of the Armenian railway.

VL8 and CHME3 are waiting for sawcut…

The engines were produced in Novocherkassk or Tbilisi.

Soon they all will be utilized

One of the reasons that nonferrous metal had been stolen


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10 Responses to “Sukhum Depot of the Armenian Railway”

  1. Mercal says:

    Communist did not allow any color other than the bathroom mold green. I guess it was for equal misery and pain throughout the country.

    They must use poor metal quality, most everything is completely rusted through or they have poor metal technologies used.

    Pain & misery of Communism the only remnants left are the infamous CCCP emblems.

    It appears vandals rum amuck breaking every last ounce of glass out.

    Sad stated of country.


    • Don says:

      Rusting because of the Black sea location. Metal quality is good,since these trains in other places still in use.

    • Dmitry says:

      Metal is of best quality to date it was produced (back in 50s-60s, just FYI). As Don mentioned, it will get rusty in few years in Black sea conditions, if it’s not painted regularly.
      As for the color, green paint was used mainly for military. During the cold war (and before that, after the WW II), green paint was produced in enormous amounts (for all the warfare vehicles). It had a limited “best before date”, so it needed utilization – times after WW II were not that “sweet” so it was decided to use the military paint to paint trains. However, most of locos have red stripes for visibility purposes.

      As for vandals – have you ever heard about war in Abhasia? Sukhum is NOT Georgia, it’s Abhasia. They’ve been through long war in beginning of 90th, and it’s mentioned in the article above. So once you remove your “filters” from your eyes, that show everything in dark colors – you’ll see much more in your life.

      PS Say thanks to your friends in US – Osetia now looks even poorer then Sukhum, after 2008 war.

  2. RB says:

    not every picture can be so full of wonderment each time. its enough that these pictures are real they have there intrinsic value just the way they are.

  3. Osip says:

    Even in my youth many years ago, there were railway places such as this. Marvelous places for adventurous 10 years old to have adventures!

  4. Lev Tolstoy says:

    Marvelous photography. Form, color, composition, subject, mood, tone, and a multitude of other attributes, all highly polished, all working together in harmony. One of the nicest things about English Russia is making the work of Russian photographers available to the wider world. Yury Popkov’s work is typically excellent and embodies that wonderful Russian take on things that few, if any, other cultures possess.

    Kindest thanks, English Russia and Yury Popkov, for letting us see your visions.

  5. post soviet says:

    I wonder how long these communist desert going to last. here and in some other places, it’s like the time has been frozen

  6. GENY says:

    look how russia is building abkhazia 20 years since war and it still looks like war ended yesterday.
    great job russia! keep going like this it will help georgia regain control of its occupied territory very soon.

    • Dmitry says:

      Why would Russia rebuild Abhasia which is NOT part of Russia? Russia has a lot of its own regions in need, and it’s not the US wanting to bring “democracy” everywhere. Russia helps Abhasia as much as it can – but it won’t feed the separate country.

  7. romanian says:

    How its Sukhumi depot of the Armenian Railway if Armenia is very far away?

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