Tram, trolleybus and monorail planned to operate in Norilsk

Tram, trolleybus and monorail planned to operate in Norilsk

December 19, 2022

The idea of the Norilsk tram arose in the 1940s. The lines were going to be laid in the center of Leninsky prospect.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The main advantage of such transport in the North is the cheapness of electricity, especially in comparison with gasoline. But there was also a minus: the tram tracks would have to be regularly cleared of snow. As a result, by 1950, the tram idea was abandoned.

But in 1964, the issue of trolleybus transport in Norilsk was seriously approached. It did not need rails, and electric traction, taking into account the construction of the Ust-Hantai hydroelectric power station, became even more accessible.

On the site of the former Trud stadium, a depot for 100 cars was to be built, and plots in the Zero Point area and behind the Yenisey grocery store were to be taken to traction substations. The first line would connect the Old Town with Gorstroy (the new part of the town). The second one would go only along Octyabrskaya, Zavodskaya, Gornaya and up to the Coal Brook quarry. Why it didn’t work out – is a mystery.

Maybe because by 1980 a new idea arose – a monorail connecting Norilsk with Talnah, Oganer and the industrial zone. But to Kayerkan and Nadezhda, where it constantly blows and sweeps, it was more profitable to build overground tunnels.

But none of those ideas for the future transport introduction has come true. On the other hand, unusual all-terrain vehicles took root well: on tracks, skis and pneumatic traction. The Norilsk people themselves made such homemade products.

In the History Spot’s previous publication, we told that during the construction of Norilsk, engineers proposed the most fantastic ideas: airships, plastic houses, domes over the city.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

December 19, 2022

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