The first Kiev E186 arrived at Depot No. 3 in summer 2005. On 23 August, it was solemnly presented at the Borispolskaya Metro station opening. Quite traditionally for such exhibitions, it was incapable of moving under its own power at that time (and had it even been capable of that, a tractor would have been needed anyway, as the nearest trolley wires are several kilometers away from that place). After that the vehicle stood motionless on the depot grounds for a few months. Only at the end of the year did things start to move forward, and at the beginning of 2006 the new trolleybuses hit the streets. However, they were not assigned to Depot No. 3, which in the meantime had received a batch of MAZes, but to Depot No. 4, which had no low-floor machines until then. A new series, 48**, was opened for the newcomers (47** must have been reserved for the MAZes, should they ever appear in this depot). The one which used to be in Depot No. 3 has been transferred, too; its number is 4803. The manufacturer's serial numbers (in this case identical to the VINs) for these machines are Y89E1860050A54*** (the last three digits for all the vehicles are indicated below, together with arrival dates).
Alas, the model, at least as of now, cannot be deemed a success. There are lots of problems of various kinds; breakdowns are frequent to say the least. Also, the trolleybus is extremely noisy. It is not likely that Kiev will order more of these, unless radical improvements are made.
|On route 37; Ul. Marshala Zhukova, brushing the forest.
The trolleybus is going from Metro Lesnaya (which means "By the Forest")
towards the neighborhood of Troeschina.|
|The E-186s were meant for the new route 44.
Since, however, they were initially idling more than running,
the route (whose opening was delayed by a year and a half)
was assigned to Depot No. 2 instead of No. 4.
When the latter obtained the new Aviants, and the E-186's started
running somehow, the route was moved there, and how
the Dnepropetrovsk low-floors are regulars on that route.
This is Ul. Marshala Malinovskogo, close to the fire service depot.|
|Troeschina, on the roundabout at the
intersection of Ul. Dreisera and Prospekt Mayakovskogo.
The trolleybus is bound for Metro Lesnaya on route 37.|
|It is quite possible that we won't see this
vehicle anymore: at the time of this writing, it is out of service
with serious defects. On the photo it is at the Ul. Soshenko
terminus of routes 6, 18, 32.|
|Ul. Timoshenko, leaving the viaduct over a
freight rail line to Vyshgorod. There are electronic
destination signs installed (above the driver's window)...
and the route is handwritten on a piece of paper, to the left and above
the fleet number.|
|Against the background of the new "elite"
high-rises of Obolon. This is Metro Minskaya, the terminus of route 34.|
|Route 10 runs completely inside Troeschina.
Bus route 26, which used to run here not long ago, was discontinued
for want of passengers. However, somebody decided that money should be
spent on a trolleybus line here.
Now the trolleybus route with an old number runs pretty much empty,
photographers being about the only people interested...|