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.
And then they went thru the village. One can see typical huts on a background.
As times passed the trams designs became more and more sophisticated – but the saw firewood stayed the same.
Village is small.
But rails are real.
This is special curve to test the trams.
Goats seem not to be bothered much by the rails.
Sometimes you can see even a few modern looking trams going thru the village at once.
And this is the steepest tram rail incline they have to get them really well tested out. It goes up and up
…and even more up.
Sometimes the tram factory makes special parties with themed rides for the villagers.
It’s probably the only village in the world with a metro tram rail system.