Part 5
(routes 12 through 14)

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12. Kontraktovaya Ploschad - Puscha Voditsa
The suburban Puscha Voditsa line - the oldest one of those existing today in Kiev - dates back to 1900 (electrified 1904). It has been long served by route 12, the longest citywide. Here we see 1357 entering the Kontraktovaya Ploschad loop, with AV-1, a wreck car rebuilt from an old Pullmann, occupying a service track.
[Wolfgang Schreiner, 21.06.1963]
In this train 1336+1012, note the trailer; this is one of the few KPV-55 with MTV-style windows that ever existed. The train is moving towards Kontraktovaya Ploschad along Konstantinovskaya; nowadays, trams run here only in this same direction but using the other track (the one used by this train has been lifted).
[Wolfgang Schreiner, 10.1959]
13. Kontraktovaya Ploschad - Vokzal
Route 13, which was recently renumbered 18 by way of satisfying someone's idiotic superstition, used to be the oldest one in Kiev, connecting Vokzal (railway station) with Podol since its inauguration. The old and the new are seen neighboring here: next to an MTV-82 (1329), a Kh+M train on route 9.
[Raymond De Groote Jr., 11.07.1959]
Two minutes later, the Kh+M is gone, to have its place taken by the unique rebuilt Pullmann 1023. The appearance of the latter has been duplicated in the Kiev-manufactured KTVs; in fact, the early ones were rebuilt from Pullmanns.
[Raymond De Groote Jr., 11.07.1959]
Fourteen years later... Now it's almost all MTV. 1377 is on approach to the loop, 1539 is laying over. Such yellow-and-blue livery did not last long; already at that time...
[Wolfgang Schreiner, 08.1973]
... it was being replaced with this yellow-and-red one, which the cars carried up to the very end. (It was rumored that the change of livery was made because the yellow-and-blue colors reminded someone at the top of Ukrainian nationalism.) A tail of a Tatra, barely visible here, is a sign of the new times to come...
[Wolfgang Schreiner, 08.1973]
Car 1346, seen here crossing Ploschad Pobedy, is the only one of its type that still exists today carrying its original number! Of course, it does not carry passengers.
[Hans Oerlemans, 10.09.1978]
Same place, opposite direction. 1261 running along route 9, trailed by a Tatra. The days of the MTV are almost over.
[Aare Olander, 03.03.1983]
The last section of the route, from Ploschad Pobedy to Vokzal. The 1374 is on Zhilyanskaya St., at the Starovokzalnaya stop. Nowadays trams turn right just forward of this place, en route to the new loop.
[Wolfgang Schreiner, 08.1973]
The tracks rise along Kominterna. Again, look at the almost complete absence of cars... Seen in the background are Skoda 9Tr trolleybuses in various liveries. Trams ran here until 1996; trolleybuses, fortunately, still do.
[Hans Oerlemans, 10.09.1978]
Vokzal, along with Kontraktovaya Ploschad, was a real tram Mecca at that time. 1219 on route 13 is followed by 1525 on the 30. How many more cars can you count here?!
[Wolfgang Schreiner, 06.1961]
14. Kontraktovaya Ploschad - Svyatoshino
In 1982, route 14 was diverted towards Otradnyj; before that, it ran along Brest-Litovskiy Prospect to Svyatoshino. Here one sees three stops at a time: the one of route 14; behind it, 12, 19, and 25; on a parallel track to the right, 9 and 13. Cars on three routes are in the picture as well: Kurenevka Tatras on the 12 and 13, and our characted on the 14. The place, as you have already guessed, is Kontraktovaya Ploschad.
[Aare Olander, 23.06.1981]
Upon crossing Podol and mounting Glubochitsa, the line comes to a junction behind Artema St. Here, routes 9 and 13 turn left towards Ploschad Pobedy, while the 14 turns right into Lukyanovka. In the background is the construction of the Kievskaya Rus cinema, to be open a year later. Looking at the picture, one wouldn't say that the 1202 is thirty-two years old here!
[Aare Olander, 27.06.1981]
A block further down the line, 1242 is traversing Lukyanovskaya Ploschad (the track to the left is leading to the depot) and entering Degtyarevskaya St. (called Parkhomenko St. at that time). To the right is the loop of trolleybus routes 23 and 25.
[Aare Olander, 11.06.1981]
On Brest-Litovskiy Prospect, between the Nivki and Svyatoshin metro stations. The building on the right is a former Aviation Factory hostel. The picture is most likely made from the corner of Aleksandrovskaya St.
[Anatoliy Vilkovich, 1982?]
The same car in the depot itself, with Mr Lenin in the background, in the yellow-and-blue livery. Behind it is a KPV-55 trailer, temporarily decoupled from its master; to the right, one more MTV, this one already yellow-and-red.
[Lukyanovka Depot museum, 1970's]
The same Lukyanovka Depot, with cars of routes 14 (1235), 15 (1280), and 17 (1251) in different liveries.
[Kiev Electric Transportation Museum]

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