I'm sure you know what a tram is — an electric rail public transport that runs along public urban streets. They weigh like ten cars, cost like twenty cars, they are powered by electricity and they don't know the term “turn”. Pretty simple. But do you know what a Russian tram is? Moreover, have you ever ridden a Russian tram?
By Russian tram I don't mean just a tram made in Russia. The ones that are made nowadays are pretty generic. They look like boxes that consist of glass and metal and have some aerodynamics features. However, this is not what most of trams in my city look like! These ones are mostly made more than 20 years ago, and they look like rusty heavy pieces of metal!
These graybeards ride back and forth every day from 5:30 AM to 11 PM — what other vehicle could survive such a journey for twenty five years? Trams are often repainted and repaired with love of the engineers and other people who bring these amazing machines to the streets of our city. Keeping old trams running wouldn't be possible without a lot of love and enthusiasm — and I'm forever grateful to people who keep their jobs at the tram station as well as to younger generations who are interested in joining this amazing journey, although I'm sure there are not as many of those as there were before.
The future of Russian tram is misty.
I created an album with some photos of trams I took over the years. I especially like the ones without ads on them. The tram paintjob is a piece of art on its own...