Vintage Suburban Electro Buses

Ancient Electro bus running through georgia

In the wild mountains of Georgia (not state but a country, ex USSR region) there are still vintage styled electric buses cruising between the cities through the mountains. Some look like they were doing this under severe fire during some wars that happened in this region for the last twenty years.

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69 thoughts on “Vintage Suburban Electro Buses”

  1. Trolley Buses we called ’em. None running now except in museums They had them in India untill they were too poor to afford them and then they got bicycles…all except Miss India who got a stick up her arse.

  2. OMG That is terrible, that’s what you got when you were occupied by Soviet Russia for almost a century. Soviet Russia naturaly means backwardness and 50 years be hind the west when it comes to development, I feel sorry for all the 280 million ex soviet citizens who misses out on the world of luxury, consumerism and satisfaction 🙁

  3. Really surprised these machines are still running!! Even though russians can fix anything from salvaging parts from other stuff, the trollybuses are actually very hard to maintain. I’d rather sit behind an old engine rather than an extremely old electric transformer above my head 😛

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  5. Hello,

    Do you know between which cities do these trolley buses run?

    I guess none of these lines are longer than Simferopol-Jalta, right?

    • I dont know exactly but from wiki you can find a list from trolleylines running in Georgia.

      I guess it must be one of the oldest lines in these pictures?

      And as I understand Jalta-Simferepol line is the longest in the world. 65km, right?

  6. This is proof that Russians build practical yet, very reliable vehicles. It doesn’t matter if its luxurious or not, the bottom line is, it still runs.

  7. I think this is due to the fact that Georgia (Former USSR not American state) refuses aid from the Russians. Why? Shaakasvili hates Russia, even before the conflict. Georgia wants to have very close ties with the Americans. Where is Uncle Sam when they need him?

    • guys, learn a few things: georgia is not russia; trolley buses are not that old fashioned, and most importantly don’t believe people who tell that georgians do not accept aid from russia – the ex-Soviet Union countries have a billion reasons not to accept the so called “aid” from russia. We already experienced what the Russian “aid” means after WWII

  8. omg i remeber those trolleys from the old days in estonia. they ruled! they were my favourite ones… they looked kind of funky and they were always nice to ride in during the summer because they had a built in aircon from the loose panels 😀 unfortuanately or luckily we have new ones now from solaris. Damn those images are nostalgic 😀

    The link from our company that uses trolleys in the capitol:;

    In production 1960-1972
    in 1965 they got 9 trolleys for testing in tallinn
    Capacity 125 people (8 ppl/m²)
    seats 34
    max velocity 68 km/h
    Engine power 100 kW
    Voltage 200 A
    Emtpty weight 9800 kg ± 5% (4450 + 5350)*
    Full weight 16310 kg ± 5% (6610 + 9700)*
    Lenght 11780 mm
    Width 2680 mm
    height including those “horns” 3530 mm

    There’s also; << Skoda 9…. but i’m not going to translate thatone, you can go guessing it 😀

    BTW in russia they use skoda 14 i think… at least the last time i was in St Peterburg they had those. It was about 2 years ago.

  9. Many cities in USA had bus lines like this. The last one I remember seeing was in Dayton Ohio in the mid 1990’s. They were mostly replaced by dirty noisy diesel busses probably due to the cheap cost of diesel fuel and the fact that there is no need to maintain the overhead lines. It is a shame.

    • It is a shame. Modern trolleybuses look quite nice:

      In North America, San Francisco and Vancouver have extensive, expanding systems. Electric engines with a centralized supply of electricity perform amazingly well in hills.

    • The US had electric transportation 100 years ago but car, oil & rubber companies conspired to buy them though holding companies and kill them off. Years after they finished they were found guilty in a court of law and fined…. $1 each with no jail time. Similar scams played out in what is now the EU but on a smaller scale.

      We have the best government money can buy. 🙁

      Just a bit of trivia. Jay Leno bought a 100 year old electric car. He washed out the battery with a water hose. Put in fresh electrolyte and plugged it in. It still ran fine.

  10. We have similar ones here in Astrakhan (Southern Russia), but they are in a far better state then these (and they are relatively new). But it was a total waste of cash to get these buses – we still had a working tramvai line system, but now they remove the rails, and replace the tramvai’s with buses..

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  12. It is not so bad.
    In Vilnius (Lithuania) we have few electro buses like this but it looks ok.

  13. I like the juxtaposition in this set of photos. The countryside looks very beautiful but there is this ugly old bus running through the middle of it. Sure, you have this type of transportation in cities around the world, but I’m surprised to see electric buses in such a rural, mountainous area. Was this common in the former USSR areas? Also, is that a live, uninsulated electric cable that attaches at the back of the bus?

    • I am also surprised to see troleybuses outside of city centres.

      These are not wires at the back, but kind of thin ropes. Their purpose is to keep two “arms” close to the bus if they separate from the overhead wires. Ropes are wound in two red boxes at the back, and the whole mechanism acts like a spring – it’s pulling them down. They can also be pulled by hand, and it is the way of connecting “arms” to the overhead electric wires. Although the ropes are made of insulating material, whenever this procedure is done, I saw the people wearing rubber gloves – probably just as an extra precaution.

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  16. Esses electro buses parecem imagens de um filme de ficção. Tipo de filme que mostra alguma cidade num tempo futuro após uma catástrofe. ( Cachoeira do Sul city – Brasil )

  17. Here in argentina, in my city Rosario, we still usin thouse trolly buses, the last one that been givin to the city came from Chechoslovakia and were made in 1986/87 and they ruled hehehe, i love travelin in them, they dont pollut and have aircondition, i guess it was good idea from the soviet, the had good scients just i dont think so was good the way that made them work

  18. All of them are Skoda made by golden Czech hands,look at that some of them are 40-50 years old and they still running

  19. When the U.S. fails, and soon! they are broke again! They will not even leave old vintage buses! Look closely at Capitalism and corporatism’s monument to the U.S.A., their lasting legacy, the place they left behind, Detriot City! a ‘New World” Johannesburg! Right in the middle of the richest part of the U.S.A.! and GM(America) leaves ‘Legacy Workers” old polluted factory sites and financial ruins while the Capitalist investors have moved their fortunes to GM (China) and the Shanghai and Beijing stock markets and the relatively stable “Yuan”! Goddammit! I wish I could have a piece of that action! Goddammit! Profitable to be sure! The “fiat” money for the rest of Americans is predictably losing value faster than Shiite in a sewer, and we stand to follow the “Mighty U.S.S.R. down the same hole of corruption and financial fvuk up!

  20. the trolleybuses are a good system.
    They still run in many countries – for example in Sarajevo, Bosnia, in Kazakhstan and in Spain (where they are now modernized). who knows, now with Spain’s new modernized version, maybe other EU countries will follow in the eco-friendly footsteps.

  21. The only thing I can tell is that Georgia much poorer than Russia and Russian Federation has nothing to do with Georgia anymore.

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  25. It really does make sense, I mean an electric bus needs much less maintenance than a diesel powered bus, and climbs hills better because electric motors have a lot of torque. Not to mention it makes less noise, no exhaust fumes and is more energy-efficient due to regenerative braking (energy from braking is pumped back into the grid). They are probably slower but speed isn’t of much use on twisting mountain roads. Also trolley trucks in cities are a very good idea, no noise, no exhaust fumes, very friendly to the urban environment… Way to go Russians!

  26. The only thing that I find depressing is that
    they don’t even bother to wash them.

    Maybe a little soap and water might make
    them a little less horrible.

    Other than that SCORE! for the green factor
    and SCORE X2! for the fact they are still running!

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  29. Actually these photos are not from Georgia as we have not used trolley-buses for 10 years already… (especially such ones :))))))))

  30. When I lived in Russia in 1999 the normal busses and trams looked the same. Totally run down and ruined. Only because of its vast natural ressources (oil, gas) Russia could buy new ones.

  31. In 1950s we had these in Los Angeles, USA….they were called: Trackless Trolleys. I believe they are now all gone.


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