Trams in Moscow

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Moscow tramway network
Tram Pesa Twist 71-414 in MSK (img1).jpg
Tramcar Pesa Fokstrot #3552.
LocaleMoscow, Russia
Horsecar era: 1872 (1872)–1912 (1912)
Status Closed
Operator(s) Compagnie générale des tramways de Moscou et de Russie
City of Moscow
Track gauge 1,524 mm (5 ft)
Propulsion system(s) Horses
Steam tram era: 1886 (1886)–1922 (1922)
Status Closed
Track gauge 1,524 mm (5 ft)
Propulsion system(s) Steam
Electric tram era: since 1899 (1899)
Status Open
Routes 45[1]
Operator(s) Mosgortrans
(since 1958)
Track gauge 1,524 mm (5 ft)
Propulsion system(s) Electricity
Electrification 550 V DC
Depot(s) 5
Stock 967[2]
Track length (single) 416 km (258 mi)[3]
Route length 180 km
Passengers (2011)214.5 million
Moscow tramway network.
Website Mosgortrans (in Russian)

The Moscow tramway network, which is divided into two sub-networks, is a key element of the public transport system in Moscow, the capital city of Russia. Opened in 1872, it has been operated since 1958 by Mosgortrans, a state-owned company.[4]


The two sub-networks had a combined total route length of 181 km (112 mi), making the whole network the fourth largest in the world, after the networks in Melbourne, St. Petersburg and Berlin.[5]

The tram is historically the second type of urban passenger transport in Moscow, the successor of the Konka (horse-driven tram). However, the presence in Moscow by the beginning of the 20th century horse-railways hindered the development of tram lines. For the laying of tram lines, it was necessary first to free the roads from horse tracks. In 1901, the council purchased the first competition of the Belgian joint-stock company. When, in 1903, came a period of redemption horse-drawn railway the second Belgian joint stock company, the Duma is not solved, as, according to N. I. Astrov: "In Russia we have not experienced builders and engineers". In November 1905, immediately after the events of October elected a new mayor Nikolai Guchkov. Its launching coincided with the revolutionary actions of workers of Moscow in November–December 1905. As soon as the life in the town had returned to normal, Nikolai Ivanovich ordered to proceed with the laying of tram tracks. In February 1907, a movement began in the Myasnitska street, the Sretenka street and the Lubyanka street, from the Passion of the monastery Dmitrovka and further the Sretenka and Myasnitskaya. The first electric tram routes linked the outskirts of the Garden ring with the center and mainly repeated konechnye.

May 18, 1910 the city council on the proposal of N. I. Guchkov made a decision about carrying out in 1912 in Moscow, the congress of tram companies.

To the 1910 years the dense network of lines was observed in the western part of the centre with the formation of arcs on the Garden and Boulevard rings. In 1918 the total length of tram lines in the city amounted to 323 km (201 mi) In 1926 the length of track grew to 395 km (245 mi) in 1918, there were 475 cars, and in 1926 — 764 . Average speed of trams increased from 7 km/h (4 mph) in 1918 to 12 km/h (7 mph) in 1926.

History of the network[edit]

The apogee of Moscow's tram network was in the early 1930s, when it served both rings (the Boulevard and the Garden) and all connecting streets, gas lines [?] were laid and on the outskirts. In 1934, when the tram was the dominant mode of transport, 2.6 million of the city's population of 4 million used the tram every day. More radical changes took place in the 1940s, when trams were replaced by trolleybuses in the western part of the Boulevard Ring and removed from the Kremlin. With the development of the metro in the 1950s some of the lines leading to the suburbs were closed, and the carriage of freight ceased.

In 1958, the tram and trolleybus administration was merged with the passenger transport department to form the Department of Passenger Transport of Moscow (UPTM), which operated all three types of surface public transport: bus, trolleybus and tram.

In the 1960s and 1970s, tram lines were finally eliminated in the western part of the city and from the Garden Ring. However, new lines were laid in areas that were not served by the metro: Medvedkovo Chertanovo, Perovo and Novogireevo. After the closure of the lines between Lower Maslivka and Tikhvin streets in 1965 and on Bolshaya Gruzinskaya street in 1973, the lines operating from the Krasnaya Presnya tram depot in the north-west of the city was severed from the rest of the network. In the mid-1990s a new wave of line closures started, mainly on major highways near the city centre. In 1995, the company closed the line on Peace Prospect, then at the Bottom Maslovka due to the construction of the 3rd ring road. For the same reason in the early 2000s, the rails on Treadmill street, near the 1905 Street metro station and on Dvintsev street were lifted. In 2004, in connection with forthcoming reconstruction, the Leningrad Prospect line was closed. In 2008 the lines on Forest street and Volokolamsky highway closed. Between 1989 and 2004 the length of the lines fell from 460 to 420 km (261 mi) (the high point in the 1940s was 560 km). In 1990 daily ridership was over 800,000, but by the late 1990s this had fallen to about 150,000 passengers. From 30–31 August 2013 in the framework of the experimental introduction of night routes of public transport route № 3 is translated to round-the-clock work.

List of routes[edit]

А. Chistye prudy subway stationKaluzhskaya Square (only in weekdays)

Б. Sokol'nicheskaya Zastava – Kursky Railway Station

1. Moskvoretsky Market – Ulitsa Akademika Yangelya (Academic Yangel St.)

2. Semyonovskaya subway station – Children's sanatorium

3. Chistye prudy subway station – Balaklavsky Prospect (Avenue)

4л. Bulvar Rokossovskovo subway stationBulvar Rokossovskovo subway station (circle route)

4пр. Bulvar Rokossovskovo subway stationBulvar Rokossovskovo subway station (circle route)

6. Sokol subway stationBratsevo

7. Bulvar Rokossovskovo subway station – Belorussky Rail Terminal

9. Belorussky Rail TerminalMIIT (only in weekdays)

10. Shchukinskaya subway station – Ulitsa Kulakova (Kulakov St.)

11. Ostankino – 16th Parkovaya St.

12. 16th Parkovaya St. – 2nd ulitsa Mashinostroyeniya (2nd Machinbuilding St.)

13. Kalanchovskaya St. – Children's sanatorium

14. Kaluzhskaya Ploshad' (Square) – Universitet subway station

15. Sokol subway station – Tallinskaya Str.

16. Novodanilovsky Proezd (Drive) - Ulitsa Akademika Yangelya (Academic Yangel St.)

17. Ostankino - Medvedkovo

20. Kursky Rail Terminal - Krasnokazarmennaya Ploschad' (Square)

20п. Kursky Railway Station — Proletarskaya subway station (only in weekdays)

21. Tallinskaya St. - Schukinskaya subway station

23. Sokol subway stationMikhalkovo

24. Kursky Railway Station - Novogireevo

25. Ostankino - Sokol'nicheskaya Zastava

26. Oktyabrskaya subway station – Universitet subway station (through Cheryomushki)

27. Voikovskaya subway station - Dmitrovskaya subway station

28. Prospekt Marshala Zhukova (Avenue of marshal Zhukov) - Sokol subway station

29. Children's sanatorium - Bogorodskoye (only in weekdays)

30. Tallinskaya St. - Mikhalkovo

31. Prospekt Marshala Zhukova (Avenue of marshal Zhukov) - Voikovskaya underground station

32. Proezd Entuziastov (Entusiasts' drive) - Partizanskaya subway station

34. 16th Parkovaya St. - Semyonovskaya subway station

35. Nagatino - Novokonnaya ploschad' (Square)

36. Children's sanatorium - Novogireyevo

37. Kalanchyovskaya St. - Novogireyevo

38. Cheryomushki - 3rd Vladimirskaya St.

39. Chistye prudy subway station - Universitet subway station

40. Novokonnaya ploschad' (Square) - Ugreshskaya MCC (only in weekdays)

43. Semyonovskaya subway station - Ugreshskaya MCC

45. Novokonnaya ploschad' (Square) - Sokol'nicheskaya Zastava

46. Bulvar Rokossovskovo subway station - Novokonnaya Ploshad' (Square)

47. Nagatino - Kaluzhskaya Ploshad' (Square)

47к. Nagatino - "Nizhniye Kotly" railway station (only in weekdays)

49. Nagatino - Balaklavsky Prospect (Avenue)

50. Novovorotnikovskiy pereulok - Proezd Entuziastov (Entusiasts' drive)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ О предприятии [About the company] (in Russian). Мосгортранс [Mosgortrans]. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  2. ^ Электротранспорт [Electric transport] (in Russian). Мосгортранс [Mosgortrans]. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  3. ^ Евгений Михайлов: Обособление трамвайных путей положительно сказывается на регулярности движения наземного городского транспорта [Yevgeny Mikhailov: The separation of tramways' positive impact on the reliability of urban transport traffic] (in Russian). Мосгортранс [Mosgortrans]. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  4. ^ Barrow, Keith (3 June 2014). "Fokstrot LRVs enter service in Moscow". International Railway Journal. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Wien hat das fünftgrößte Straßenbahnnetz der Welt" [Vienna has the fifth largest tramway network in the world]. (in German). Wiener Linien. 2011. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.

External links[edit]

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