Gallery 1

The City Center

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• Map with photo locations

1-01a. Vokzal Chita-II (the Main Railroad Station)
The Main Railroad Station in Chita is officially known as the Chita-II Station. This is the last major station on the Trans-Siberian Railroad prior to a 2500 km. stretch through the wilderness that connects the distant Russian Far East to the rest of the country.
(20 Jul 2005, Alexander Morozov)
1-01b. Chita-II Station (the Main Railroad Station)
ZIU-682V 174. Line 1 Gor.Bolnitsa-bound.
As of 2007 this is a terminal for Line 5 only. Trolleybuses serving Lines 1, 6 and 2 (ZabVO-bound only) stray off their direct routing for a stopover at the Station.
(28 Sep 2004, YM)
1-01c. Chita-II Station (the Main Railroad Station)
VMZ-5298 244. Line 1 Gor.Bolnitsa-bound.
Ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Chita used to get 1 or 2 new vehicles a year. On 11.2003, however, the city acquired as many as 10 new Vologda-built VMZ-5298 trolleybuses in one shot, numbered 243-252. The wire branching off in the background comprises a loop around the square used as a turnaround for Lines 2 and 5.
(18 Sep 2004, YM)
1-01d. Chita-II Station (the Main Railroad Station)
ZIU-682G 199. Line 2, Stadion ZabVO-bound.
This trolleybus just completed a turnaround in the Station Square. 199 is the first ZIU-682G trolleybus delivered to the city after ZIU-682V. Line 2 is routed rather peculiarly, as Stadion ZabVO-bound trolleybuses visit the Chita-II Station, while TRZ-bound trolleybuses do not. The first trolleybus line in the city was opened in 1970 and went to the Chita-II Station. It was supposed to continue further down to Bannoe Ozero (Bannoe Lake) just beyond the Station. The poles were installed on Petrovskaya Ul. (in the background of this photo), but the project was scaled back at the last moment.
( 15 Jul 2005, Alexandr Polsha)
1-02a. Leningradskaya Ul. / Amurskaya Ul.
ZIU-682V 184. Line 1 Gor.Bolnitsa-bound.
Upon completing a stopover at the Chita-II Station, 184 serving Line 1 continues toward Gor. Bolnitsa via the eastern approach to the Station. The new orthodox cathedral towering over this intersection with Amurskaya Ul. is a must-have fixture in any self-respecting city in modern Russia. The cathedral is being built in place of the stadium, right next to the Chita-II Station. When it is finished, the oddly dull Main Railroad Station Square will turn into a showy preface to the city.
(28 Sep 2004, YM)
1-02b. Leningradskaya Ul. / Amurskaya Ul.
ZIU-682G 239. Line 3 Sosnoviy Bor-bound.
Trolleybuses serving Line 3 do not actually make it directly to the Chita-II Station, but use Amurskaya Ul. instead, one block short of making it to the Station. Line 4 used a similar reroute in the past, when it was extended to Rynok between 1998 and 2001. This was done in order to alleviate trolleybus traffic at the Main Railroad Station Square. During rush hours as many as 65 trolleybuses pass through the square. The power station is simply unable to handle any additional traffic.
(28 Sep 2004, YM)
1-03. Leningradskaya Ul. between Amurskaya Ul. and Anyuhina Ul.
ZIU-682V 187 to the left. Line 1 Depot-bound.
ZIU-682G 211 to the right.
Leningradskaya Ul. constitutes the eastern approach to the Chita-II Station for Lines 1, 3 and 6 serving extensions to Gor. Bolnitsa and Sosnoviy Bor respectively. Prior to 2001 Line 4 also operated to Sosnoviy Bor, but was found unprofitable.
(28 Sep 2004, YM)
1-04. Leningradskaya Ul. near Lenina Ul. (Lenina Pl.)
ZIU-682G 222. Line 1 Gor.Bolnitsa-bound.
The eastern side of the Lenin Square. The origin of the imposing building in the background, located right opposite to the Zabaykalskiy Military District Headquarters building, remains undetermined. The Chita-II Station is located at the far end of the street in this photo.
(18 Sep 2004, YM)
1-05. Leningradskaya Ul. / Lenina Ul. (Lenina Pl.)
ZIU-682G 240. Line 1 Depot-bound.
Trolleybus turns from the eastern part of Lenina Ul. and heads toward the Chita-II Station. Five minutes later, upon completing a short detour to the Station, the same trolleybus will return to the other, western side of the Lenin Square via Butina Ul.
(18 Sep 2004, YM)
1-06a. Butina Ul. / Amurskaya Ul.
ZIU-682V 180. Line 2 Stadion ZabVO-bound.
The western approach to the Chita-II Station. All trolleybuses in the city pass near the Station one way or another. Trolleybuses serving Lines 1, 3 and 2 (ZabVO-bound only) stray off their direct routing and circle around a few extra blocks in order to reach the Station. The set of wires in the middle leads toward the above mentioned Amurskaya Ul. relieve link, used by Line 3. This photo was made ten days prior to the photo 1-02. The cathedral in the background did not get the cupola as of yet.
(18 Sep 2004, YM)
1-06b. Amurskaya Ul. / Butina Ul.
ZIU-682G 221. Line 3 Sosnoviy Bor-bound.
Upon approaching the Chita-II Station from the west, this trolleybus serving Line 3 enters the relieve line via Amurskaya Ul., one block short of the Station.
(15 Jul 2005, Alexandr Polsha)
1-07. Butina Ul. / Lenina Ul. (Lenina Pl.)
VMZ-5298 250. Line 3 TRZ-bound.
A brand new trolleybus serving Line 3 is pictured at the Lenin Square Stop, on the western side of the square. The massive building in the background belongs to the headquarters of the Zabaykalskiy Military District (which is more commonly known as ZabVO, the abbreviation based on Russsian letters). Note that the trolleybus in this photo uses the outer set of wires. The stop is located just before the intersection with Lenina Ul. where trolleybuses serving Lines 3 and 6 make a left turn. In order to do so, trolleybuses are forced to make a sharp left across two lanes of traffic.
(18 Sep 2004, YM)
1-08a. Butina Ul. / Lenina Ul. (Lenina Pl)
ZIU-682V 186. Line 1 Depot-bound.
Trolleybus leaves the stop at Lenina Square and continues straight ahead via Butina Ul. This vehicle was locally rehabbed, a standard procedure for any trolleybus that completed 10 or 11 years in service.
(18 Sep 2004, YM)
1-08b. Butina Ul. / Lenina Ul. (Lenina Pl)
VMZ-5298 243. Line 6 Depot-bound.
While Lines 1 and 5 take a direct route to the Depot, Line 6 splits at Lenina Square and reaches the Depot via a relatively new extension through Rynok (the Market). In this photo 243 turns onto the western section of Lenina Ul., toward Rynok. The Lenin Square is pedestrianized, there is no through traffic via Lenina Ul. through the square. From the western side of the square, trolleybuses serving Lines 1, 3 and 6 use Butina Ul. to reach the Chita-II Station, and return to the eastern side of the square again via Leningradskaya Ul., in the background of this photo. Thus, oddly, both sides of the square are served with the same trolleybus lines.
(18 Sep 2004, YM)
1-08c. Butina Ul. / Lenina Ul. (Lenina Pl)
ZIU-682G 229. Line 2 TRZ-bound.
229 is the only vehicle of so-called "southern" design based on a standard ZIU-682G, modified for export to foreign cities with warm climates. At the Lenin Square, westbound trolleybuses serving Line 2 turn directly toward TRZ, without visiting the Chita-II Station.
(18 Sep 2004, YM)
1-08d. Butina Ul. / Lenina Ul. (Lenina Pl)
ZIU-682V 193 in the front. Line 1 Depot-bound.
VMZ-5298 251 in the back. Line 2 Stadion ZabVO-bound.
The second trolleybus serving Line 2 just visited the Chita-II Station en-route from TRZ to Stadion ZabVO. The congregation of wooden buildings in the background belongs to the Main Post Office, built in 1893.
(18 Sep 2004, YM)
1-09a. Butina Ul. / Chaykovskogo Ul. (Lenina Pl.)
ZIU-682V 180 on the left. Line 2 TRZ-bound.
VMZ-5298 244 on the right. Line 1 Depot-bound.
Another duo of old and new trolleybuses is caught in the northern part of Lenin Square. 180 passes a switch prior to a turn onto Lenina Ul. en-route to TRZ. The building in the background belongs to the missionary school, built in 1889.
(18 Sep 2004, YM)
1-09b. Butina Ul. / Chaykovskogo Ul. (Lenina Pl.)
ZIU-682G 229. Line 2 TRZ-bound.
The "southerner" 229 departs from the stop near the Rodina movie theater. This is the only trolleybus of "southern" design based on a standard ZIU-682G in Siberia or the Russian Far-East. The vehicle incidentally ended up in Chita on 03.1998 due to a mishap with export arrangements at the Uritskogo Factory (nowadays TROLZA).
(18 Sep 2004, YM)

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