Metro Rail Tram System for a tiny Village in Siberia


Paranino – a small village not far from Chelyabinsk (which got famous for its recent picturesque meteorite sky show). It’s a regular village with farmers, cows or goats crossing the streets, nice nature etc. But what makes it so special? Since early 1900s it is a home of a factory that makes… trams. And when they make trams they need a handy spot for trams to get thru tests etc. For this they need a full scale tram railroad which can give the newly built trams all possible challenges – uphill climbs, hard curves and so on. For this they have built such a track right thru the small village. Now, on a daily basis the small typical Russian settlement gets the ultra new (and old as well) trams cruising around daily. And the good guys tram builders didn’t forget the needs of locals so they offer them free rides as well so the tram trail is a fully functional metro rail but deep deep in the woods. Here are some more photos:


During Soviet times it was building typical Soviet trams.003

And then they went thru the village. One can see typical huts on a background.004 005

As times passed the trams designs became more and more sophisticated – but the saw firewood stayed the same.


Village is small.007

But rails are real.008

This is special curve to test the trams.009

Goats seem not to be bothered much by the rails.010 011

Sometimes you can see even a few modern looking trams going thru the village at once.012 013

And this is the steepest tram rail incline they have to get them really well tested out. It goes up and up014

…and even more up.015 016 017 018 019

Sometimes the tram factory makes special parties with themed rides for the villagers.021 022 023 024

It’s probably the only village in the world with a metro tram rail system.

5 thoughts on “Metro Rail Tram System for a tiny Village in Siberia”

  1. Why Siberia? Chelyabinsk is a thousand kilometers from Siberia. And, according to you, these trams are produced in Paranino. They are not. They are produced in a town of Ust’Katav. Then they go as far as Paranino for tests. It’s a pity, I used to read your site. Now I see that you publish unchecked information. I am sorry about it.

  2. No

  3. Doesn’t matter were in Russia: the pictures are marvelous and the way the tram goes through of them village’s: and the people look so in peace altogether, must be a marvelous trip around the mountains. For many people living in isolation in such villages without many obstacles such has drugs and pollutions. The right places for raising kids: and the water from the mountains must be pure. A.Oscar

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