[as of 2011]

Location: 760 km. east of Kiev
Founded: 1895 (Status of the city: 1962)
Population: 71 655 (1989); 58 168 (2010)

A mining town in the Donbass region. The town is in perpetual state of economic despair due to the decline of the mining industry.



A small network with two services operated. The first segment opened not long before the collapse of the Soviet Union. There were plans for a number of extensions, however, only one additional extension was ever built. Nevertheless, trolleybus lines cover the most vital transit corridors in this small town. The system faces insurmountable economic challenges, characteristic of the recent fortunes of the town itself. The system is down to 3 operable vehicles, with only 1 or 2 trolleybuses actually operated regularly.


History of network development:
27.09.1987 – From AZST to Zavod Titan; the Line 1 opens.
09.2000 – From Petrovskogo Ul. to Mikrorayon; the Line 2 opens.

System development on a map:


Length: 18.3 km (one way).

The overhead is in fair state of repair. Dewirements are infrequent.


System map:

Trolleybuses operate between 6:30-18:30.

Headways and route assignments depend on vehicle availability. There are 3 trolleybuses available for service, which was the case since about 2006.

Service plan for 3 trolleybuses:
Line 1: 1 vehicle, 60 min. headeay;
Line 2: 2 vehicles, 30 min. headway.

Service plan for 2 trolleybuses varies:
Line 1: 1 vehicle, 60 min. headeay;
Line 2: 1 vehicle, 60 min. headway.
Line 1: No service;
Line 2: 2 vehicles, 30 min. headway.

Service plan for 1 trolleybus:
Line 1: No service;
Line 2: 1 vehicle, 60 min. headway.

Since about 2010 no more than 2 vehicles are available for service.

The timetable is available to public. Schedule adherence is commendable. However, the type of service plan in effect is usually not clearly known. Whenever 2 vehicles are available for service, the undertaking opts at random and rather irrationally to either operate each of the two lines with 1 vehicle, or to operate the Line 2 with 2 vehicles, and not to operate the Line 1 at all.


History of rolling stock availability:
1987: ZiU-682B (11)
1990: ZiU-682B, ZiU-682V (19)
1999: ZiU-682B, ZiU-682V (7)
2004: ZiU-682B, ZiU-682V (5); LAZ-52522 (3)
2006: ZiU-682V (2); LAZ-52522 (3)

[as of 2011]

ZiU-682V ZiU-682V: 2 (inoperable)
ZiU-682V LAZ-52522: 3

The service commenced in 1987 with 11 second hand ZiU-682B trolleybuses from Moscow. These were followed by 8 new ZiU-682V vehicles delivered 1988-1993, and 3 more in 2000 and 2002. Ever since the number of operable ZiU vehicles was on decline. 3 new Ukrainian-built LAZ-52522 were delivered in 2004. ZiU trolleybuses operated in service until 2005/2006. The last 2 ZiU vehicles are still on the books, but are inoperable and stored at the depot. 3 LAZ-52522 trolleybuses are the only vehicles available for service since 2006. Moreover, only 1 or 2 vehicles are usually maintained roadworthy since 2010.

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