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The Central Area

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1-01a. The Main Railroad Station.
VMZ-170 01. Line 2K Oblastnaya Bolnitsa-bound.
As of the date of this photograph, there are only two trolleybus lines in the city, 2V and 2K, both follow complicated circular patterns via three consecutive loops. Letter "V" (looks like "B" in Russian) stands for "vnutrenniy", or "inner-loop", implying a clockwise pattern. Letter "K" stands for "koltsevoy", or "circular", traditionally identifying a counterclockwise pattern. Both circular patterns are broken as trolleybuses deviate from the main city center loop and stopover at Vokzal (the Main Railway Station). In this photo, a belated passenger is collected outside of the designated stop.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-01b. The Main Railroad Station.
ZIU-682G 57. Line 2V City Center-bound.
TROLZA-built ZIU-682 (series V and G) is the most common type of trolleybus used in the city. 57 was the last such vehicle delivered to Blagoveschensk prior to the delivery of Vologda-built VMZ vehicles.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-01c. The Main Railroad Station.
ZIU-682G 57. Line 2K the Depot pull-in run.
Another correspondent catches up with the same vehicle as above almost a year later. Note the progression in the advertising wrap. Due to a continuous-loop route structure that does not involve adequate dwell times at terminals, there is notably a higher proportion of scheduled mid-shift relief runs to the depot.
(15 Jul 2005, Alexandr Polsha)
1-01d. 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. at the Main Railroad Station.
VMZ-170 03. Line 2V City Center-bound.
The first trolleybus line in the city opened in 1979. It comprised a large loop around the central part of the city, totaling 18 km. one-way. The short extension to the Main Railroad Station appeared a year later, in 1980. In this photo trolleybus passes a merge at the end of the Vokzal Loop. Ever since the suspension of Lines 3 and 4 that terminated at Vokzal, the second set of wires is not used in regular service.
(15 Jul 2005, Alexandr Polsha)
1-02. 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. / Tenistaya Ul.
VMZ-170 04. Line 2V City Center-bound.
Trolleybus completes the Main Railway Station extension, and heads toward the city center and the Amur River. Trolleybuses serving Line 2V follow the clockwise pattern via the city center loop. Another trolleybus in the back, serves Line 2K. It has also completed the Main Railway Station extension, but will now turn onto Tenistaya Ul., to viewer's left, toward the city's outskirts and the development of new apartment blocks in the northwest.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-03. 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. near Rabochaya Ul.
ZIU-682V 34. Line 2V City Center-bound.
A few minutes later, the next trolleybus serving Line 2V catches up with us on 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. At the time of this photograph, trolleybuses ran on notably short, but rather irregular headways. A sizeable portion of the city consists of low-rise private wooden houses, which dominate this long major thoroughfare connecting the Main Railroad Station and the city center.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-04. 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. / Gorkogo Ul.
ZIU-682G 46. Line 2V City Center-bound.
Trolleybus crosses Gorkogo Ul. as it continues toward the city center. The unused line via Gorkogo Ul. branches off to the west. Upon the opening of the line to Bolnitsa Nomer 1 (the Hospital Number 1) in 1989, trolleybuses serving Line 3 used this direct route between Vokzal and Bolnitsa Nomer 1, avoiding the city center. Such routing proved insufficient, however, Line 3 was suspended and the new Line 4 appeared via Zeyskaya Ul., through the city center.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-05a. 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. / Amurskaya Ul.
ZIU-682G 55. Line 2V City Center-bound.
This photo is taken at the approach to the city center. An apparent example of the so-called new-Russian architectural styling looms in the background.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-05b. 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. / Amurskaya Ul.
LIAZ-677 diesel bus 244. Line 9.
At the time when this photo was taken in 2004, the bus fleet was still represented by older prehistoric models, such as this LIAZ-677 bus, a Soviet classic.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-06. 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. near Zeyskaya Ul.
ZIU-682G 55. Line 2V City Center-bound.
This photo is made within the central-most part of 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. The text above the windshield of the trolleybus proclaims the 145th anniversary of the city.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-07. 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. / Zeyskaya Ul.
ZIU-682V 36. Line 2V Oblastnaya Bolnitsa-bound.
Trolleybus turns from 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. onto Zeyskaya Ul., one sizeable city block short of reaching the main square in the heart of the city center. When the trolleybus system opened during the Soviet era, the line serving the city center was built via Zeyskaya Ul., one block away from the central-most Lenina Ul. This worked fine under the socialist economic arrangement, when public services were in short supply and people were forced to walk to where trolleybuses were. Nowadays unfortunately, the majority of passengers opt for private buses and minibuses that serve the main Lenina Ul. directly.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-08. Zeyskaya Ul. near 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul.
ZIU-682G 41. Line 2K Main Railroad Station-bound.
Trolleybuses are the only form of public transportation on Zeyskaya Ul., which parallels the main Lenina Ul., where, in turn, all buses are to be found.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-09. Lenina Ul. / Shevchenko Ul.
LAZ diesel buses.
The trolleybus-less main Lenina Ul. in the heart of the city. In 2004 diesel buses were still represented by old obsolete soviet LAZ and LIAZ models.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-10. Kalinina Ul. / Zeyskaya Ul.
VMZ-170 05. Line 2K Main Railroad Station-bound.
This is the newest vehicle at the time of the photograph, delivered 01.2003. Since trolleybuses do not serve the heart of the city center, there is an apparent shortage of photo opportunities with historic or architecturally significant buildings in the background. The given spot is next to the only such treat in the city.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-11. Kalinina Ul. / Gorkogo Ul.
ZIU-682G 54. Line 2K City Center-bound.
The bits and pieces of the dismantled western line to Bolnitsa Nomer 1, closed in 2002, are visible to the left. Interestingly, the eastern part of the line, between Kalinina Ul. and 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul., which was not used in regular service practically ever since the opening of the line, remains intact.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-12. Gorkogo Ul. near Kalinina Ul.
The view of Gorkogo Ul. with the remnants of the former Gorbolnitsa 1 trolleybus line. The wire-crossings with the Kalinina Ul. line are dismantled, but the switches leading toward the west on the eastern side of Gorkogo Ul. were still intact at the time of this photo. The Bolnitsa Nomer 1 line was sacrificed due to absence of adequate capacity at the power station upon the opening of the more promising extension toward massive developments of apartment blocks in the northwestern part of the city. Upon building additional power stations in the future, the Bolnitsa Nomer 1 line is to come back.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-13. Kalinina Ul. / Krasnoarmeyskaya Ul
ZIU-682V 32. Line 2K City Center-bound.
Trolleybus competes with minibuses on Kalinina Ul. At the time of this photograph, this vehicle was the oldest out of 31 trolleybuses on the property, delivered in 1986.
(21 Sep 2004, YM)
1-14a. The Depot.
ZIU-682V 32.
The same trolleybus as above lives on, and is photographed by another corresponded almost a year later. Note the new advertising wrap.
(15 Jul 2005, Alexandr Polsha)
1-14b. The Depot.
VMZ-5298 07.
The newest as of the date of this photo trolleybus, delivered 09.2005. Unfortunately the full size photo is not much larger than this preview.
(01 Feb 2007, The Amurskaya Pravda Newspaper)
1-15. Tenistaya Ul. neat Shevchenko Ul.
ZIU-682V 39. Line 2V Main Railroad Station-bound.
Trolleybus passes the entrance to the depot.
(15 Jul 2005, Alexandr Polsha)
1-01e. 50 Let Oktyabrya Ul. at the Main Railroad Station.
ZIU-682V 38. Line 2V City Center-bound.
The rather unique vehicle of ZIU-682V type, cosmetically refurbished with VMZ parts.
(15 Jul 2005, Alexandr Polsha)

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© 2002 Author: Yury Maller
Content: Yury Maller, Alexandr Polsha
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