Electrical Transport Museum Is About To Disappear

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In St. Petersburg there is a Museum of Electrical Transport. It is located in former Trolley Depot #2. They say, at this place they are going to build another office building or something, so the museum may go out of existence or be deprived of the access road. Apart from its exhibit collection (some of the tolleys can be found driving along the streets of the city), the building of the museum is of great historical value as well. So, the pursuit of profit threatens the oldest trolley depot of St. Petersburg.

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YaTB-1 (Yaroslavl Automobile Plant). Made in 1936. The vehicle has been in use in Leningrad since 1936 until 1953.

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For now, it is the only trolleybus of its kind left. It was found at a dacha in 1996.

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The restoration of this trolleybus lasted for four years, making it the first exhibit of the museum.

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MTB-82D. Made in 1947. The vehicle has been in use since 1947 till 1974.

Why did they make that niche so anti-aerodynamical?

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When it was found at a dacha, it also had a sorry sight.

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The proprietary colors of this model are yellow and dark blue.

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ZiU-5G, 1967.

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The serial production lasted since 1959-1972 and during this time, over 16000 vehicles have been produced.

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ZiU-682B, 1973. The vehicle has been in use since 1973 till 1986.

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ZiU means ‘factory named after Uritsky’.

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The smooth forms of 50s-60s were later replaced with cut and square ones, like in the picture.

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KTG-1, made in Kiev in 1980. It can work from both an internal combustion engine and electricity.

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This is a Moskvich. Apparently, it belongs to one of the workers of the museum.

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KTG-2. Made in 1987.

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Another KTG is waiting for restoration.

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ZiU-682UA is also waiting to be restored.

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Caution! Transport!

There was a special department producing vehicles for export. They added different letters, depending on the country the vehicle was to be exported to. UA, for example, was added for Argentina. The ones with defects remained in Leningrad and were used for training.

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Trolleys.

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A lot of wood in the interior looks unusual today.

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LM-57, 1967.

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A mini ticket office.

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LM-68, 1974.

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365 pieces have been produced on the whole (1968-1975).

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This is an upgraded model LM-68M.

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A control desk.

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Route written

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KTM-5. So noisy!

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This is a restored KTM-5.

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LVS-89. In 1990 it went into the Guinness Book of Records as being the longest one.

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It has a total length of 30 meters.

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In the background you can see a 71-88G model, made in 1990.

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In the foreground there is MS-4. MS means ‘motorized steel’. Made in 1933.

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Some wagons had an upper open floor.

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Do not get on /off while moving

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Please do not smoke or spit

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MS-1, 1929.

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MS-4, 1933.

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MS-2, 1935.

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LM-33, 1936. They stopped using it in 1979.

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Hurry up to see this museum because it might be too late.

Location: St. Petersburg

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10 thoughts on “Electrical Transport Museum Is About To Disappear”

  1. Nice to see such utilitarian vehicles preserved. It’s a shame the museum is facing an uncertain future because these trolleys are touchstones to the past. Something real and visceral that you can stand in, touch, smell, a trip back in time if only for a few moments.

  2. Those buses, trams and trolleys are so ugly, that – in their own way – becomes pretty. One could only imagine, how hard it was to drive them!

  3. The MTB-82B is a copy of an American Trolley Bus from the same era, (Marmon, I believe). –Love the psychedelic purple interior.

    • Copy may be too strong a word in this case. Stylistically it’s a beautiful interpretation of the Marmon, but upon closer inspection it’s totally unique and different. Unlike some other designs that the Soviets copied with mind boggling accuracy while converting it to metric manufacturing processes. For example the TU-4 Bomber that is a remarkable copy of the B-29 bomber. Mad props to the Russians who accomplished that massive task given them by Stalin! Just amazing… there was a great TV program about just what a massive undertaking it was, and how it spanned manufacturers far and wide across the Soviet Union.

      • The History Channel made a great documentary about the massive undertaking to design the TU-4 Bomber, “Stealing the Superfortress” (2001). Well worth watching if you can find a copy of it.

  4. Sad to hear that historic buildings are prone to demolition in Russia. There is plenty of room elsewhere to build new office towers! Preserve your history!

  5. I have been visiting SPB since 1964 but I have never seen this museum. Can you publish the address? I believe the Railway Technology Museum on the Obvodny Kanal is also threatened. Very sad. The old Warsaw Station should have been used as the Railway and Tram Museum.

  6. Ahh, the trolly / trolleybus. How many hours did I spend on them, riding aimlessly around St. Petersburg, watching the city roll by while drinking beer and chatting with the locals.

    They had a curious scheduling, never seeming to arrive no matter how long one waited at the stop. Or if it did come, then it was going in the other direction, or straight to the parking area.

    Hot in the summer, cold in the winter, uncomfortable and bumpy all of the time. I really liked these old warhorses in spite of their shortcomings.

    So sad that the museum will likely be destroyed to make way for yet another ‘eliteny’ hotel or shopping area.

    Just another thing about St. Pete I really miss!

  7. There is a working trolley line in San Francisco that is a living museum of trolleys from all over the world. I don’t know if they have any Russian ones, but from these pictures some would be a great addition.

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