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So that’s why Muscovites love trams

Trams in the Russian capital are becoming an increasingly rare mode of transport. Yet Muscovites adore them. Every year on April 15, the 1899 opening of Moscow’s first electric tramway is celebrated, appropriately enough, with a tram parade.
By Julia Rybina, Anastasiya Karagodina, RBTH
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Trams of all ages roll through the center of Moscow.
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Muscovites get a close-up view of 16 types of retro-trams.
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Riding the retro-trams turned passengers' clocks back to the last century.
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Although ticket punches were quite a recent novelty on trams, there was no shortage of people wanting to play with this mechanism.
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Young visitors were in for various treats, including the chance to make a cardboard model and even sit behind the wheel of a real tram.
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The tram parade was a hit with everyone, especially the kids.
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Alongside the rare exhibits, there were some brand new vehicles, among them the Vityaz-M—a low-floor tram that recently appeared on Moscow’s streets.
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The history of Moscow public transport dates back to the horse-drawn carriage of the 19th century.
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Visitors were also shown trams that are not normally accessible to daily commuters. They are technical support vehicles, including trams for servicing the overhead trolley system, cleaning the rails and carrying freight.
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Actors in historical dress working aboard the retro-trams made things even more authentic. The photo depicts wartime uniforms.
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Children enjoy the vintage tram parade.
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Some actors were dressed in pre-revolutionary outfits.
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Others played the role of Soviet pioneers.
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Today, Moscow has 47 tram routes, on which more than 750 trams operate on weekdays.
April 21, 2017
Tags: transport, RBTH Daily, multimedia

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