Unusual Transport On Moscow Streets

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Today’s picture selection is devoted to unusual transport on the streets of Moscow. Here you will find two-storied trolleybuses, steamships on the Moscow River and even an elephant. In the first pic you see construction equipment on Arbat Square during building of the Kalinin Prospect.

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Assembling of trolleybus cables

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A very colorful road-roller.

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Seaplanes were landing on water of the Moscow River.

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The plane was called Dornier Wal.

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The steamships were swimming around…

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Pay attention please, bicycles had the numbers in Moscow in 1954.

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A double-decker bus.

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And here is a tram that was very comfortable for winter. This is one of the first Moscow trams which was made at Gamburg plant “Falkenrid” and was used on the first Moscow electric tram line, which was made by “Belgium community of horse-railroads” from Butyrskaya zastava through Nizhnyaya Maslovka to Petrovskij Park.

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Before Russian minivan “Gassel” appeared.

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An interesting version of a box body.

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Russian Troika (carriage- and- three).

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Regular trucks were decorated as beautiful platforms.

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And regular trolleybuses became propaganda areas.

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The majority of unusual transport was seen by Red Square that is a spot for military parades.

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Children kept up with soldiers.

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First cars of State Vehicle Inspection. It was so unusual then.

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An elephant!

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16 thoughts on “Unusual Transport On Moscow Streets”

  1. The thing I find most curious is the VW Beetle with the “War No” sign on it that is on the curb in the pic with the two electric buses. It’s obviously a picture from the immediate post war period (There is also a GAZ Poebda and a ZIS in the pic), and I can’t imagine too many Russians wanting a German people’s car at that time. The ZIS shows that there was probably someone very high up there at the time of the photo, and I can’t help wondering if it is a propaganda shot of some sort due to the English sign on the Beetle. The ZIS could also be a Packard as that is what they were copied from, but I tend to think it is not a Packard.

    • The sign says something about Cuba. I think the picture can be safely dated to the late 50s or the time of “Cuban crisis”. It is highly improbable that the car belongs to a Russian – the proletariat ruling in USSR at the time is in the trolleybus or walking “per pedes” 😉

  2. Very very interesting!

    I am amazed at photo 21. The Russian police had American Fords? It is a Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and was produced from 1992 to 1997.

    I also like the childrens peddle car that looks like an antique auto. That would be worth THOUSANDS today.


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