Samara [RU] - First of 20 new low-floor trolleys arrive
J. Lehmann - 07.03.16
In late February, the first of a series of 20 new low-floor trolleys arrived in Samara. The vehicles are being supplied by the Russian company Trolza. Each of the two municipal depots will take 10 of these modern trolleybuses. The order was originally placed in 2015, with the buses being built at the traditional trolley factory in Engels. Previously, the most recent trolleybus procurement had been in late 2014, when a total of 19 type BKM 321 units were acquired from Belarus. This followed an earlier order of 17 trolleys of the same type in 2012. The local fleet also includes the MAZ-ETON T203 demonstrator, which has been in revenue service since 2013.
Despite of these modern additions, the Samara fleet (over 230 trolleys) still consists mainly of the older ZiU 682 model, with the oldest such unit dating from 1985. Generally, 14 different trolleybus routes are served in the city, although presently some have been shortened or diverted due to construction works.
On 6 March 2016, two new Trolza units are seen outside of Depot 1 in Samara. Photo: Alexander Saikin
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