Old trolleybuses prowl Moscow

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Associated Press

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 16 at 9:03 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Pieces of the Soviet past were crawling down some of Moscow's main streets as the city transportation system marked the 80th anniversary of the trolleybus system with a procession of vintage vehicles.

The trolleybus system doesn't have the cachet of Moscow's art-festooned subway, but the cortege of buses dating back to the 1950s attracted a small throng when it stopped at the square outside the Bolshoi Theater on Saturday.

One bus carried a destination sign for Dzerzhinsky Square — named after the founder of the Soviet secret police, but rechristened since the collapse of the USSR. Another sported a shiny emblem of the famed statue of a heroic tractor driver and collective-farm woman erected in the Stalin era.

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