Balakovo [RU] - Route extensions and fleet- renewal
J. Lehmann - 20.04.09
Balakovo - Russian Federation
The first of the ten new Trolleybuses which have been ordered with the Russian based firm of Trolza, one of the tried and tested ZIU-682 models, was ceremoniously taken into service here on 06.12.2008. The majority will be the standard type but a few will be delivered with the new look front end.
This city, which is situated some 900 kilometres South East of Moscow has a Trolleybus fleet of around seventy type ZIU-682 serving 8 routes. The routes are numbered 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 12. The latest extension was opened during 2002 when a route through the city centre along the "ul. Komarova" went into operation.
The two photos show the difference between the older ZIU-682 front, Trollebus number 264, and the more modern, new look front, Trolleybus number 280 (bottom).
Photos: Alexandr P.