Mogilew/Mahiloŭ [BY] - Futuristic design Trolleybuses
J. Lehmann - 16.03.09
Mahilyow – Belarus
Mahilyow, also known as Mahiloŭ, Mahiliou, Mogilyov or Mogilev is a city in eastern Belarus, about 76 km from the border with Russia's Smolensk Oblast and 105 km from the border with Russia's Bryansk Oblast. It has more than 367,788 inhabitants (2007 estimate). It is the centre of Mahilyow voblast (county) and the third largest city in Belarus and is bordered to the east by the winding river Dnieper. The city is also home to a major inland port on the River Dnieper. The local public transport company, it was announced in a local newspaper, are to purchase five new Trolleybuses type AKSM-42103. The prototype of this vehicle was on display at the "Crocus-Expo" exhibition in Moscow which took place between 30.08.2007 and 02.09.2007. During September and October of the following year it was tested in Minsk and given the fleet number 2500. The tests revealed that due to the vehicle only having two passenger doors it was not suitable for operation on the Minsk system. A further negative point was the price. The cost of one vehicle of this type is purportedly the equivalent to two and a half low floor Trolleybuses type AKSM-321.
The operating company have also decided to purchase seven of the AKSM-321 Type vehicles and declared that they are to renew the 115 strong fleet of Trolleybuses.
The majority of the fleet is made up of ZIU 682 Trolleybuses. During 2003 and 2004 seven new ZIU 682 were purchased, number 020, 021 and 023 to 027.
It is also planned to extend the Trolleybus system over the next six years. around seventy kilometres of new overhead and several new sub stations are to be constructed.
It is also planned to invest in and install a new customer information system similar to the IBIS system. At the end of 2009 one of the bus stops in the city centre is to fitted with real time timetable displays for a test period. After a successful test phase the ten busiest bus stops of the system will be complemented with these displays.
This news item was taken, in part from Trolleybus Magazine, with the kind permission of the editor. It was supplemented with further information from the following two sources:
http://stts.mosfont.ru/ and http://bytrans.net/
Trolleybus Magazine is a bi-monthly publication which reports about worldwide events and developments concerning Trolleybuses.and is available through " The National Trolleybus Association (NTA). Link: www.trolleybus.co.uk/nta
Our photo shows prototype Trolleybus number 2500 on trials on route 3 on 24.09.2008.
Photo: Alexander Konov
Translation and additional text: Bankes
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