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The Pullmans ran quite successfully even after World War II. When at the end of '50s it was decided to radically modernize the rolling stock, it turned out that the metallic frames of many cars are in quite a good shape. About twenty were rebuilt at KZET into KTV-55-2 cars ("push-pulls"). Some of those, in turn, were converted into wreck cars after being withdrawn from passenger service. Two such cars are still alive: AV-2 (ex-2014, ex-1085, built in 1933) and AV-6 (ex-2011, ex-1032, built in 1909). Thus, with some stretching, it can be claimed that an almost century-old Pullman is still alive today! Which should be a surprise to no one: A good tramcar, handled properly, is all but an eternal thing...
|1003||1003, the first serial Pullman in Kiev, at the Nuremberg plant, waiting to be delivered.|
|1008||A car on route 4, which ran from the downtown area to the
Cable Factory back then. The photo spot is the corner of today's Melnikova
and Yakira; the photographer stands near the house which is now Melnikova, 22,
and looks south; in the background is the present-day Melnikova, 75.|
|1021||At the corner of Vladimirskaya and Yaroslavov Val.
The Pullman proceeds towards Sofievskaya Ploschad along route 1,
which at the time ran from Ploschad Tolstogo, and meets an MTV-82
on route 2, which is about to turn right into Yaroslavov Val
and go to the railway station via Lvovskaya Ploschad.|
|1023||A unique shot by a German war correspondent
captured a powerless car on Bulvar Shevchenko, in the block between
Ploschad Pobedy and Vozduhoflotsky Most (nowadays this is a part
of Prospekt Pobedy). The photo was first published in
a book Babi Yar: People, Power, History, vol. 1,
Kiev, 2004 (in Russian).|
|1023||The same car eighteen years later.
The "push-pulls", rebuilt from the Pullmans, will look very similarly.
This car, however, has not been renamed or renumbered.
The spot, the northern Kontraktovaya Pl. terminus, looks almost the same today.
|1024||At the Paton Bridge, with a lonely Pobeda car.
No long comments are necessary. Those who care remember well
why the tram line was destroyed here and what was the result...|
|1026||At the Vokzal (railway station) loop,
between a Kh+M train and an MTV-82 car.
Trolleybuses do run here today, but trams don't since 1996.|
|1028||On route 28, two years after it first crossed
the Paton bridge. The street is all but empty, the new houses
of the late-Stalin era are awaiting their inhabitants...
Quite recently they got rid of the tram line here as well.|
|1029||The terminus of route 1, which ran along
Kreschatik at the time. In the background one sees the European Hotel
building, the square's present-day namesake, the Vladimir Hill,
the building of the philharmonic society — and more Pullmans.
Our car carries an ideologically sound inscription, right where the
route table is supposed to be:
"Workers' socialist competition workers is a guarantee of the practical
fulfillment of the decisions of the 16th [Communist] party conference".
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