Friday, May 30, 2014

the world's longest trolley bus line - from Simferopol to Yalta, Crimea

Until a few weeks ago Crimea was in Ukraine, now Russia. The 86 km (53 mile) trolleybus line was built in 1959 as an alternative to extending the railway line from Simferopol over the mountains to the coast.

It opened in two parts: Simferopol–Alushta in 1959 and Alushta–Yalta in 1961. The journey time to Alushta is about 1½ hours, to Yalta about 2½ hours.  It goes across the Angarskyi Pass, reaching 752 metres (2,500 ft) altitude at the highest point, then descends to the resort town of Alushta on the coast. The remaining distance to Yalta is 41 km (25 miles) and winds around the mountains above the sea.

Škoda 9Tr and Škoda 14Tr buses were used, being replaced from 2010 by Bohdan T601-11 buses.  These pics, taken in 1973, are from this webpage, where there are more.

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