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These vehicles made their first Kiev appearance in 1996, in Depot No. 3. When making a decision on their fleet numbers, little creativity was exercised: The first available three-digit series was taken, which turned out to be 5** (not long before, it was in use by the Kiev-11U's of Depot No. 1). That's how trolleybuses 501–550 came into being. The first one of those was subsequently transferred to Severodonetsk, where it works under the same number, 501; in 2008, two others, 524 and 527, followed it to the same destination.
In May 2005, the YuMZ's played an indirect role in Eurovision-2005. Not in the song contest itself, of course, but in the show staged by Kiev City Hall. A majority of the MAZ trolleybuses from Depots No. 1 and 2 were temporarily assigned to route 3 in order to create a false impression with the foreign guests that all Kiev trolleybuses are modern low-floor ones. To compensate for the deficit, the YuMZes which normally served that route occupied the Goloseev line, where they can never be normally seen, since there aren't any in Depot No. 1. Some pictures commemorating this "event" are included in this gallery.
|501||501, the first trolleybus of this type to be delivered to Kiev
and later on to leave it.
Here it is seen turning from Bulvar Shevchenko onto Krasnoarmeyskaya, at Bessarabka Square.
In 2001, due to construction in this area, the trolleybus line was shortened and the terminus
moved two blocks up onto Tereschenkovskaya. Only in September 2008 was the overhead wire
restored here, and routes 8 and 17 returned to their old alignment.
|502||The first of the "MAZes are at the Eurovision"
series. 502 on route 4 is depicted at the junction of Vasilkovskaya
and Goloseevsky Prospekt, short of Vystavka (Exhibition).
|503||On Industrialnaya, short of the viaduct that
the speed tram line runs on. In the far background one can
see the TV tower (which is next to the sadly famous Babiy Yar).|
|504||Ul. Olzhicha, a short stretch of routes 19 and
22 (in the past, 21 and 25) branching off the main line.
The terminus of these two routes is just behind the buildings
in the background.|
|505||Entering Depot No. 2 on Ul. Dovzhenko.
The trolleybus does not carry any advertisement as yet
and does carry the factory emblem.
Going in the opposite direction is 371, also in the manufacturer's livery.
|506||On an unusually empty Vozduhoflotsky Bridge,
serving route 19 in the direction of Ploschad Kosmonavtov.
Visible in the background are recent new buildings.|
|507||On the once extremely popular,
nowadaya truncated and deprecated route 9.
In the background are the buildings of the
Engineering and Construction Institute,
nowadays called Construction and Architecture University.
|508||Turning from Saksaganskogo into
Esplanadnaya (from 1997 through 2001 this was a tram line).
Nowadays this is a one-way street in the opposite direction,
so the trolleybuses use a different street.
Note the huge number of trolley poles behind, obviously
due to a traffic jam.|
|509||Once again, on a "special mission"
from Depot No. onto route 4, by the
Yuzhnaya bus terminal.|
|510||On Ploschad Kosmonavtov
(the Chokolovsky Bulvar line); the trolleybus is returning
to the depot.|
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