Abandoned Trains of the Soviet Era

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Below one can find the pictures of the locomotive depot in Sukhumi, Abkhazia (the former USSR republic). It seems that time has stopped there since the USSR collapse. Though the depot still functions most of the technics stand abandoned.

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60 thoughts on “Abandoned Trains of the Soviet Era”

    • These are old locomotives and cars
      Here photos of normal trains
      http://photofile.ru/users/zhd_country/1390116/
      http://photofile.ru/users/zhd_country/1399971/
      http://photofile.ru/users/zhd_country/1395865/
      http://photofile.ru/users/zhd_country/1391533/

      Here the newest trains
      http://photofile.ru/photo/zhd_country/1391533/large/30045581.jpg
      http://photofile.ru/photo/zhd_country/1391533/large/30045629.jpg
      http://photofile.ru/photo/zhd_country/1395865/large/30368629.jpg
      http://photofile.ru/photo/zhd_country/1395865/large/30368655.jpg
      http://www.moe.kpv.ru/pict/1-62-21378-2.jpg
      http://photofile.ru/photo/zhd_country/1395865/large/34353879.jpg

      Though overwhelming majority of trains still Soviet times

      • actually, the RŽD purchased several Siemens Velaro trains which are going to operate between Moscow and St. Petersburg and another city I forgot from 2009 on… welcome to the 21st century 🙂

  1. What about restoring the engines and cars? Is the line re-usable? Is there enough economic demand to restore these lines?

    • It, probably, not the line, and a place near to depot – and there accumulate old выработовшие a train resource

    • This line is partially efficient. Many of trains on these the photo, including that rusty electric train in the first photo, are serviceable and transport passengers.

  2. So scary to see these machines just rusting away for the past 20 years. Maybe soviet russia was better than english russia as it is right now…..

    • Well Kazik, if you look at the 9th and the 24th pic carefully, the rusted trains were actually made in the 1960’s so they may have been decomissioned way before the collaspe of the USSR.

    • Well Kazik, if you look carefully at the 9th and the 24th pic, you will see that they were made in the 1960’s so they may have been decomissioned way before the collaspe of the USSR.btw, why does this site give such a bad image to the russians when it comes to Tech? After all, they were the first to the moon and made aircrafts that brought fear to pesky Capitalist Americans!!!

    • Even in spite of the fact that I tried to transfer completely in a photo completely an atmosphere of it depot, all is equal, in alive it is looked much more oppressively. Excuse for spelling.

    • What is the possibility of Abkhazia being annexed to Russia as a Republic? It seems to be in their best interest to do so. Wasn’t there a similar situation with Tatarstan?

  3. u nas kak-to v Rossii na chermete stoyal passazhirskiy plackart.vo tam mi s pacanami lazili po nemu,interesno bilo.a escho u nas stoyal poezd-snegoochistitel’,tipa bul’dozer.potom ego kuda to sognali…

  4. I thing this could be a great fortune to russia to base turism on this there are lots of fanatic people like me who love these postapocaliptic things. Dont u have a mape of the bigges abandone comlexes and veichles? I will look them up next time when Im in Russia.

  5. Those trains were made in the 1950s and 1960s. They were probably retired when they reached the end of service life, or became uneconomic to operate. Remember that trains must be profitable. They aren’t like antique cars that can be kept as toys.

    Having said that, I would like to see some old USSR steam engines. I love old steam trains. There are still some steam locomotives used in China. I saw a picture of one- it was being used for real work, not just for tourism. It was awesome!

    There are still a few steam trains in the USA, but they are all museum items. Nobody uses them for serious work. They never travel the county.

    • Hello. I the author of these photos which have got here without my sanction that is very bad. Well for that people have looked. I to you wish to tell, that the most part of these trains, despite of the old age, works and transports passengers and I am assured, that will work still as much therefore as are very simple in circulation. Steam locomotives in territory of the former USSR can be seen in Ukraine, there they are used in cargo movement. Excuse for spelling errors, I translate by means of electronic translator.

  6. I don’t see a big difference in appearance with the regular ‘functional’ trains. Sure these are abandoned and no longer used ?

    • Abkhaz railway services are abandones with only one exception line, privately operated, that links Sochi (Russia) with Sukhum (Abkhazia). The rail depot depicted would have served that once busy line; indeed, the rail link (and its extension towards Tbilisi) were one of the reasons for the indepencence war…

  7. They don’t look too comfortable. Seriously, who would ride one of these? A butt could get bruised on those wood seats that don’t even recline.

    • Them timber seats were damn comfortable, I tell you!
      Same in Berlin – soon after the German rail replaced the Stadtbahner city trains with new ones, with upholstered seats, the Berliners cried to have their old plywood back.

    • Our humorist has correctly told, that Americans even on war cannot do without toilets and a toilet paper. And in Russia trains with such seats in the majority. Also we go by them, happens, till four o’clock. And if you have seen toilets of these trains, I assure you, films of horrors to look to you was ceased to want. Welcome to Russia.

  8. I note the palm trees in the photos and Abkhazia could be turned into a resort area like Sochi. Tourism could thrive in that region and perhaps the abandoned lines, locomotives, passenger coaches and railway buildings could be restored and it could be profitable again. White Pass and Yukon Route (link: http://www.whitepassrailroad.com/) shut down in 1982 because the mines in the Yukon region closed and made the railway unprofitable. It re-opened in 1988 and was used as a tour train from cruise ships. Due to tourism between Skagway and Carcross, the line has become profitable again. Another line that was threatened decades ago was the narrow gauge Rio Grande railroad. It is now used for tourist operations. Russian Railways in Abkhazia could be profitable again if there is tourism in that region. Mr. Abramovich, when can you fix this?

    • Not really. Why should they?
      There is a single track from Poland to Kaliningrad Central Station, though, that was re-gauged recently so that to allow tourist trains to pass.

  9. Greetings to Everything, I the author of these photos. I ask administration, before accommodation of my photos, to inform me. I the person not harmful, but am angry too I am able. If at whom that is what or questions, ask, I shall try to answer, but with spelling at me a problem since I work through the translator.
    Come on http: // grohotailo.livejournal.com/, there you can find many other photos from Abkhazia, made by me. I hope for mutual understanding and cooperation!

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  13. Grohotailo:

    Good shooting! It is sad to see machines rusting away. They feel nothing, but it is still sad. No matter how good they were or maybe they weren’t, they served.

    Here in the eastern parts of the U.S.A., R.R. tracks were removed in many places, for “Rails to trails.” It was a political decision. I think it was a poor decision. The R.R. is a lot more useful to more people than a hiking trail.

    • almost none
      RVR suburban train (elektrichka) – originally Riga Factory
      electro locomotives – Rostov Factory

      only the diesel locomotive looks like it’s from Czechoslovakia

  14. IF this rail system nowhere IE didn’t connect with any other railsystem, how in the world did they get those locomotives and all that track and other big stuff out there?

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