Some places that used to be mighty once lose their importance with time. ZIL factory in Moscow is a bright example of it.
Factory named after Likhachev, more commonly called as ZIL, is a major Russian truck and heavy equipment manufacturer, which also produced armored cars for most Soviet leaders, as well as buses, and armored fighting vehicles. Getting an access to the territory is not that difficult, just wait for the guards to be busy with something.
ZIL Complex includes some other 9 factories located in Moscow and other cities of the country. It produces trucks and light cars, refrigerators, engines, special equipment,etc. The factory was founded in 1916. The factory pictures of which are provided below occupies the area of 275 hectares.
As the building is located in the very centre of Moscow city, the cost of every square meter is 1000 US dollars. Besides, the price is constantly growing.
Products made at the factory are not in good demand. In future it is planned to replace the current production with hi-tech one which will occupy less space (around 30-40 hectares).
As soon as the reconstruction project is approved, a new industrial cluster based on the ZIL territory will create new job opportunities.
ZIL territory is divided into two parts by the railroad. One part is an old one whereas the second part was constructed much later and embraced warehouses engaged in assembly of cars, refrigerators, etc.
An entrance to underground shelters.
Forge plants were abandoned the first.
The warehouse is empty now.
However, some condensing units are still left.
ZIL used to apply many constructive novel trends in domestic car industry such as hydraulic brake (1931), 12-Volt electrical equipment (1934), eight-cylinder engine (1936), four-barrel carburetor (1959), etc.
In 1975-1989 over 195000 of trucks were assembled here annually. In 1996 the production dropped to 7000 trucks a year.
2000 of trucks were made at the factory in 2009. During the entire history of its development over 630000 of trucks were exported to 50 countries of the world.
Shoe-maker shop ceased to exist as well.
The principal kitchen is still working while this one is totally abandoned.
It is planned to start a hadron nanocollider here as soon as the new industrial cluster is launched.
Materials for construction are available.
Important guests used to be invited to the hall.
Narcotic and poisonous substances were stored at the place.