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Norilsk railways had to be fully electrified

Norilsk railways had to be fully electrified

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. At that time only steam locomotives went along the Norilsk rails. Electric locomotives operated only on some small sections of access roads to mines. The plans for the transition to electric traction began only in the 1950s. On October 18, 1954, the first electrified section ...

Preschool teachers celebrate professional holiday in September

Preschool teachers celebrate professional holiday in September

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Norilsk preschool teachers also celebrate the 85th anniversary of the city’s entire preschool education this year: the earliest archival document in the Norilsk kindergarten history is dated by 1937. The first kindergarten was on the town’s Zero Point, but they multiplied quickly: already in ...

Mikhail Gorbachev visited Norilsk in 1988

Mikhail Gorbachev visited Norilsk in 1988

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The honored guest and his wife were met by the Norilsk combine’s newly elected director, Anatoly Filatov. Gorbachev willingly communicated with the people, constantly breaking the program of his stay to the detriment of the official part. The Norilsk visit also began with improvisation: the ...

Street lights appeared in Norilsk in 1953

Street lights appeared in Norilsk in 1953

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the 1940s, ordinary light bulbs were artificial suns for Norilsk. They were hung on wires stretched across the streets. Such devices illuminated the first streets of the city: Pionerskaya (now Bogdan Hmelnitsky) and Sevastopolskaya, they are clearly visible in the oldest photographs. It ...

Norilsk drama theater began in canteen

Norilsk drama theater began in canteen

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. After the war start in Norilsk, there was a shortage of everything - products, fuel, spare parts and building materials. Housing hunger was also sharp. By 1941, only four combine’s enterprises had “red corners”. In large forced labor camp departments, there were clubs, often combined ...

In 1950s Norilsk elections were hard task

In 1950s Norilsk elections were hard task

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. There were also individual houses, railway stations, state farms and other exotic places where people also lived. All that population scattered over the territory had to be organized and sent to the polling stations. Before the elections in Norilsk it was necessary to organize over ...

Norilsk swimming pool eliminated “swimming illiteracy”

Norilsk swimming pool eliminated “swimming illiteracy”

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In January 1966, a children's and youth swimming school began to operate in Norilsk, where 420 young swimmers, water polo players and high jumpers were trained. From the Norilsk swimming pool first director Iskander Faizullin’s memoirs: “Due to climatic conditions, most of the children could not ...

Norilsk doctors worked miracles

Norilsk doctors worked miracles

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Norilsk chronicler Iosif Shamis wrote about one unusual operation in his Novel about Surgery: Norilsk chief surgeon, RSFSR honored doctor, medical sciences candidate Victor Kuznetsov. 1960 The combine’s hospital surgical department teamCombine hospital library. 1944 “In the mid-1940s, a pretty young woman lived and worked ...

In 1955 reinforced concrete products plant appeared in Norilsk

In 1955 reinforced concrete products plant appeared in Norilsk

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Reinforced concrete foundations for columns, girders, crossbars were made on plank platforms near the building under construction, then mounted at the assembly sites. As construction expanded in the city, they began to make door and window lintels, small mobile houses, curbs for roads. In the ...