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Most Unusual Buses of the Soviet Time

Posted on February 13, 2016 by team


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We have become used to thinking about buses as ordinary iron bodies with seats, but some models can be quite curious. These hit the roads during Soviet times, and this type of ride was probably never boring.

Let us begin with the model whose driver sat on the second floor – NAMI-0159, 1972 (in the image above). The bus had three axles and a gasoline V8 engine. It was 30% more spacious than an ordinary bus, but was not produced in quantity.

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Double-decked buses turned out to be hardly suitable for Soviet roads (some people still remember daily crowding in buses). In the 1960s, Moscow put into operation a couple of German double-decked models as an experiment, but didn’t go any further.

However, in 1938-39, they made ten double-decked trolley-buses YATB-3 – a copy of English Electric. The buses were equipped with 75kW engines. They were hard to drive, so they finally disappeared from Moscow roads in 1948.

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If higher buses were of little use, it made sense to make them longer. ATUL buses started to be produced in Leningrad before the war. They were two meters longer than ordinary buses, and had six-cylinder 73 hp engines. The second non-drive axle at the rear was used to spread the load.

There was also a single pre-war giant YAA-2, built in Leningrad as well. Its length was 11.5 m. It accommodate 80 passengers (52 of which could be seated). It had 103 hp Hercules engine, dual rear axles and mechanical brakes.

In the image above – LIII on the long chassis with the third non-drive axis.

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One Response to “Most Unusual Buses of the Soviet Time”

  1. john says:

    Great old photo’s, and interesting to see.

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