Tram stops in Russia

Tram tracks are quite obvious when they run down the street, but in Russia finding a tram stop can be a tad tricky.

Moscow tram #2095 passes another tram on the reserved track outside VDNH

Where the tram tracks are separated from road traffic, they aren’t too hard to find.

Picking up passengers at Komsomolskaya Square, Moscow tram #4325 on route 50

But this tram stop on a Moscow street disappeared among the three lanes of traffic.

Intending tram passengers cross three lanes of traffic: Moscow tram #1269 on route 3

I had the same trouble out in the suburbs of Saint Petersburg.

ЛМ-2008 tram number 1410 drops off passengers on route 45

With passengers having to walk out into traffic.

Dropping off tram passengers in the middle of a bust Saint Petersburg street

As well as on the narrower streets of Nizhny Novgorod.

Stopping for a tram passenger in Nizhny Novgorod

In some cases signage at the kerb indicated the location of tram stop.

Ready to depart a kerbside tram stop

But at other stops intending passengers have to look up to see the signs.

Middle of the road tram stops in suburban Saint Petersburg

In addition, timetable information wasn’t easy to come by.

Tram and trolleybus stop signs hang from overhead wires

The signs in the above example are from Nizhny Novgorod, with the stating the route number and operating hours – blue sign with ‘ТБ’ for trolleybuses, yellow signs and ‘TP’ for trams.

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