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Moscow celebrates 75 years of trolley buses

A vintage trolley bus in Moscow's 75th anniversary of trolley buses celebration. <a href=http://74.125.93.104/translate_c?hl=en&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http://vartal.livejournal.com/29314.html&usg=ALkJrhgCXHAX6dfH1hrM3apHz94saadJ_w#cutid1>Photo by Vartal</a>.

A vintage trolley bus in Moscow's 75th anniversary of trolley buses celebration. Photo by Vartal.

Dale Laird from TRAMS passed along some links today showing Moscow’s Nov. 22 celebration of 75 years of trolley buses. They celebrated with a parade of eight vintage and new trolleys, much like we did in August for the 60th anniversary of our trolley buses.

According to this English-language news video from Russia Today, Moscow has the largest trolley bus network in the world, with 1,600 trolleys on the system, 87 routes, and one million riders a day!!

And through the magic of Google Translate, I managed to do a little digging and find a bunch more photo galleries of the Moscow trolley parade.

Here’s one from a user named Gazolin, and one from a user named Vartal, and one from Tov. Amen. (There is a really good chance I’m spelling everybody’s name wrong here, but I do it in the name of trolleys.)

And if you go to this forum page, there’s a huge list of parade photos from a Chinese bulletin board about halfway down the page. Not sure how that happened, but there’s trolley fans everywhere, I guess!


4 Comments

  • By Eric, November 30, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

    I just saw the latest episode of The Amazing Race, and Moscow’s trolleys were featured prominently, along with its metro. And that’s when I remembered this post.

    Those trolleys do look nice!

    PS. You may remember me – we met during the SkyTrain OMC tour in early November.

  • By David, December 1, 2008 @ 9:13 am

    Like Eric, I was watching The Amazing Race last night and the detour involved the Moscow Metro and the Moscow trolley buses. In both cases, teams had to navigate via either the trolley bus network or the metro to complete the task. One team didn’t know what a trolley bus was and boarded a diesel bus – found out their mistake and had to go back and start again. Of the four teams, three picked the trolley bus option.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, December 1, 2008 @ 9:23 am

    Hi Eric! Nice to hear from you again!

    And hi David! Thanks for the recap. Pretty awesome that the trolleys were all over the Amazing Race just after I posted this. I hear the Moscow Metro stations are really beautiful, too. One more system that would be great to visit in the future!

  • By New Canadian, December 1, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

    2008-75=1933 – this year more then 5 millions were starved to death (Holodomor recognized this year in Canada as an act of genocide) in USSR by hand made famine. So, this trolley at photo came from horrific time.

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