Volchanskiy tram

• Volchanskiy tram

Volchansk - the smallest city in Russia with a tram. Its population - about 10 thousand inhabitants. In a single-track tramline 8 kilometers long in one direction walking one unusual car. Keep it all in the pure enthusiasm of people working there and the scarce budgetary resources.

Volchanskiy tram

Tram movement Volchansk opened December 31, 1951. While Volchansk still had city status (he received it only in 1956), but the population has reached thirty thousand inhabitants.

Volchanskiy tram

In the past, there were two Volchansk urban tram lines: on the forest lupus and coal mine number 5. The last line was closed in 1994 due to the constant theft of the contact wire.

Volchanskiy tram

There was also the interurban tram line to Karpinsk, which operated from 1953 to April 22, 1965, exploded due to haul their own means from Karpinsk in Volchansk huge excavator "EHG-15" on the road between the two cities. Traces of this line still read along the road to Karpinsk.

Volchanskiy tram

Volchanskiy tram consists of one line connecting the southern and northern parts of the city. line length - about 7-8 kilometers. Single-track line, pre-existing patrols completely dismantled. Tramway passes through the overgrown meadows and taiga. In the photo - the body of the car, "MTV-82", which is used as a warehouse:

Volchanskiy tram

Road worn, but volchantsy carry out technical service, as far as possible with the available materials, techniques and tools: resurfacing paths replacing sleepers, smoothing joints in curves, the installation of shunts. The case of retirement coaches, but such cases has decreased in recent years.

Volchanskiy tram

Tram depot located in the southern part of the city and is the final destination of the route. It is a one-storey office building, a brick box on the two cars, industrial site for parking trams and utility room:

Volchanskiy tram

There is only one route. The journey time is approximately 25-30 minutes. It is on a one car:

Volchanskiy tram

From May 2010, the movement stops for the period from 10:00 to 16:00. Initially the tram carried the day because of the difficulties with payment of electricity (day shut off the electricity to the traction substation). Then, even after the repayment of debt, it was decided not to release the tram during the day, as the volume of passenger traffic at this time is quite low.

Volchanskiy tram

The depot somewhere preserved platform from the KTM-1 car, which is fastened to the passenger car, volchantsy used to transport materials and tools to the places of work on the road.

Volchanskiy tram

The depot is heated by the stove:

Volchanskiy tram

Passenger cars equipped with T-bar current collector, due to the peculiarities of contact network:

Volchanskiy tram

In addition to the tram, in Volchansk operates passenger transport: taxi and bus, belonging to the same carrier, and operating on the route "Volchansk - Karpinsk", while almost completely duplicating the tram route and passenger taxis.

Volchanskiy tram

As the city administration has ceased since 2009 to provide reasonable competition, and operating speed, traffic is higher than the tram, as well as due to the fact that the taxi and buses run twice as likely than the tram, is often the choice of effective passenger fails to favor of the tram. However, the tram was in Volchansk certain standard of stability and permanence: consistently respected the timetable, the operational (as possible) corrected error in the way, even at extremely low passenger traffic in the early morning and late evening flights leadership tram fleet does not intend to abolish the flights.

Volchanskiy tram

Warehouse running motors .:

Volchanskiy tram

fry bred in the bath:

Volchanskiy tram

There were fears that if it is not allocated funds for the maintenance of the tram, the electric transport in Volchansk may stop in 2011 from the regional budget. However, in March 2011 (when the photos were taken) tram went. What now - I do not know. But information about the closing is not found.

Volchanskiy tram

Winter protection from the cold:

Volchanskiy tram

The fare is 14 rubles (March 2011):

Volchanskiy tram

I have the feeling that time has stopped here.

Volchanskiy tram

Y. catches sounds of extraterrestrial civilizations:

Volchanskiy tram

about 2, 5 km of lines for long-distance interval between the southern and northern populations are on the virgin taiga forest:

Here is such an unusual tram.