Gallery 5

Historic Photographs and The Depot

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• Map with photo locations

5-01. ZIU-5 trolleybus.
The official opening of the trolleybus system in Chita.
(30 Dec 1970, Chita Trolleybus Undertaking)
5-02a. The Depot.
ZIU-5 trolleybuses, including 25 and 33.
Some of the first trolleybuses of ZIU-5 type delivered to Chita.
(1970s, Chita TU)
5-03a. The Trolleybus Depot Terminal.
ZIU-5 66.

(1970s, Chita TU)
5-04. Butina Ul.
ZIU-5 08.
An accident on a hilly stretch of the first line.
(1970s, Chita TU)
5-05. The Gor. Bolnitsa Terminal.
ZIU-5 50.
At the end of the second trolleybus extension in the city to Gor. Bolnitsa (the City Hospital), opened 08.1971.
(Late 1970s, Chita TU)
5-06. The interior of a ZIU-5 trolleybus.

(Early 1970s, Chita TU)
5-07. Leningradskaya Ul. / Lenina Ul.
ZIU-9 81 in the front. Line 4 Chita-II Station-bound.
ZIU-5 65 in the back. Chita-II Station-bound.
The new as of the date of this photo trolleybus of ZIU-9 type (this model would later evolve into ZIU-682V) followed by older trolleybus of ZIU-5 type. The lead trolleybus serves Line 4, which at that time operated between Sosnoviy Bor and the Chita-II Station. The line was suspended in 1997, then reinstated in 1998, and suspended again in 2001. The building in the background belongs to the Zabaykalye Hotel.
(Late 1970s, Chita TU)
5-08. Butina Ul. / Lenina Ul.
ZIU-9 trolleybus.

(Borderline 1970/1980s, Chita TU)
5-03b. The Trolleybus Depot Terminal.
ZIU-9 92. Line 1.

(1980s, Chita TU)
5-03c. The Trolleybus Depot Terminal.
ZIU-9 (ZIU-682V) 137. Line 1.
During the visit in 2004, this particular vehicle was no longer on the roster. The oldest trolleybus in 2004 was 138, delivered approximately in 1982.
(1980s, Chita TU)
5-09. Lenina Ul. / Profsoyuznaya Ul.
ZIU-682V 168. Line 1 Gor.Bolnitsa-bound.
168 at the stop near the House of the Officers of the Russian Army on Lenina Ul. The same vehicle was photographed in 2004, see photo 4-05.
(borderline 1980/1990s, Chita TU)
5-02b. The Depot.
Trolleybus train 170+1??.
Between 1984 and 1988 (with the exception of one year) four 2-car trolleybus trains operated in city, the fact little known to trolleybus historians. The one-year break in service was due to certification process hassles, as these trolleybus trains were of local design. In this photograph depot workers pose in-front of one of the trains. The lead vehicle is 170, while the fleet number of the second vehicle is unknown.
(Appx. 1984, Chita TU)
5-02c. The Depot.
From left to right: ZIU-682V 170; ZIU-682G 225; ZIU-682G ??9.
Trolleybus 170 of ZIU-682V type used to operate as a lead car of a trolleybus train in the mid 1980s, while trolleybus 225 of ZIU-682G type was delivered to the city in 1995. Despite this obvious discrepancy, both trolleybuses are posing for this photo-op in a way that imitates the trolleybus train. The fleet number of the trolleybus on the right is not 9 as it might seem, as only the last of three digits came out on this photo unimpeded due to shading.
(Late 1990s, Chita TU)
5-10. The official ceremony marking the beginning of service of 10 new VMZ-5298 trolleybuses delivered in November, 2003.

(11.2003, Chita TU)
5-03d. The Trolleybus Depot Terminal.
ZIU-682V 177 on the left. Line 1.
ZIU-682G 242 on the right. Line 1.
A regular service trolleybus loop in-front of the entrance to the Depot.
(18 Sep 2004, YM)
5-02d. The Depot.
ZIU-682G 228.
During routine maintenance at the Depot. Note that the peculiar sticks used for route displays mounted above the windshield are retained even when traditional inner route displays are used.
(28 Sep 2004, YM)
5-02e. The Depot.
ZIU-682G 220.
A rehab is scheduled after a vehicle operates in service for 10-11 years. 220 was delivered in 1994. By 2004 it is time for a makeover.
(28 Sep 2004, YM)

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© 2002 Author: Yury Maller
Content: Yury Maller, Alexandr Polsha
Programming and presentation: Stefan Mashkevich
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