Moscow’s trolleybus parade

Last Saturday the city of Moscow honoured the long history of the motorized троллейбус (trolleybus) in Russia.

Moscow: 1936 model
Moscow: 1936 model

Trolleybuses run on electricity drawn from power lines above the street and are quieter and produce less pollution than fossil fuel powered vehicles. They were invented by a German scientist in 1882.

The parade featured retro trolleybuses to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the service  as the show began at the First Trolleybus Park on Leningradsky Shosse.

(Photo: Martin.LiveJournal)
(Photo: Martin.LiveJournal)
Media crews interviewed older passengers who remembered the antique vehicles. (Photo: Martin.LiveJournal)
Media crews interviewed older passengers who remembered the antique vehicles. (Photo: Martin.LiveJournal)

Media reporters were there to document the event and it was obvious that riders were enjoying the experience.

Crowds gathered along the parade route to ride the old trolleybuses.
Crowds gathered along the parade route to ride the old trolleybuses. (Photo: Andrey Kronos.LiveJournal)

Along the parade route were a variety of trolleybus models since their launch in 1933. In the photo below, a statue of Karl Marx watches over the parade.

Moscow parade of antique trolleybuses. (Photo: Kronos.LiveJournal)
Moscow parade of antique trolleybuses. (Photo: Andrey Kronos.LiveJournal)
(Photo: Nikita Miroshnichenko)
(Photo: Nikita Miroshnichenko)

The oldest working trolleybus in the parade was a MTB-82D model from the year 1954.

(Photo: Martin.LiveJournal)
(Photo: Martin.LiveJournal)

Unlike electric trams which travel on rails, the trolleybus uses rubber wheels just like a bus and has a driver who steers the bus.

(Photo: Andrey Kronos.LiveJournal)
(Photo: Andrey Kronos.LiveJournal)

Crowds gathered at each stop to ride the trolleybuses despite the cold and rain.

(Photo: Martin.LiveJournal)
(Photo: Martin.LiveJournal)

Trolleybuses still play an important role in providing transportation for Europe’s largest city. The newest addition to the Moscow trolleybus fleet is a group of new TrolZa models, produced earlier this year.

The trolleybus system in Moscow today:

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