Many of you know that abandoned objects are the main interest for my blogs, but I am also interested in transportation systems. Today I will combine these two topics in one post. Such a “2-in-1”.
This autumn, I once again managed to visit the territory of the trolleybus depot No. 2 in the city of Dnipro. I had several friends with me: Artyom Kostyuk, Artyom Bloshchinsky, Denis Shcherbina. Of particular interest to us was the “corpse row” of this depot.
We knew that Denis had recently been an employee of this enterprise, so we asked him to show these rarities.
I understand that the “corpse row” does not sound very favorable, but in fact there is nothing frightening and sinister in this – in fact, this is a platform on which decommissioned cars are stored, waiting for their turn to be scrapped and sometimes acting as donors for old cars that still on the go. This practice exists in almost all transport companies and not only in our city, and there is nothing wrong with that.
The old ZiU-683B (B00) built in 1992 with tail number 2011 looked peppy – probably because it has not yet been written off (* is listed as being exploited). I hope this car just stood in line for repairs and is already serving on the streets of our city at the time of publication.
* In fact, this car has nothing to do with the “corpse row” – it is a linear car, it’s just parked there (according to Denis).
Many of these cars are of interest to fans of transport, and some of the copies would like to see in the museum. Alas, we don’t have a transport museum yet, and such “dead rows” at the depot (for people like me) are an “open-air museum” – so we really wanted to get into this part of the depot in order to take a closer look at the old iron workers of our transport infrastructure.
(Then a thought flashed through my head – maybe create a petition to create a transport museum in the city of Dnipro? Write what you think about it – is it really for our city?)
The oldest trolleybus in the city of Dnipro looks like this (Artyom Kostyuk – thanks for the tip) – this is the ZiU-685V No. 2985, built in 1978 (it is even older than me) and decommissioned in 2018 (the car has served 40 years).
Until 2003, this car worked as a passenger transport, and after that it was used as a company car.
I asked Denis why there are “blank” tram tracks on the territory of the trolleybus depot? It turns out (hereinafter a quote from Denis) – “RShR (rail – sleeper lattice) is assembled at the depot. Sleepers and rails are brought separately, they are assembled and transported to the repair site immediately finished RShR.“
I think this is a good solution for the prompt replacement of damaged sections of the tramway.
Abandoned objects may cause some regret, but I suggest you look at the following photo (below). On the left is a decommissioned trolleybus awaiting disposal. On the right is a new modern low-floor trolleybus equipped according to the norms of Moscow State Duma and decorated in the brand colors of the city.
Agree – new cars will inevitably force out the old ones, because the townspeople deserve a comfortable transport infrastructure, and repair shops cannot endlessly “reanimate” worn-out units on trolleybuses that have served their purpose for a long time.
Here is the photo report I got.
If you don’t have enough photos – here is a link to the video Corpse Row / Trolleybus Depot No. 2 / Dnipro
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