24 January, 2023 seen 8,846Gudauri is a popular winter resort located in the Republic of Georgia, Caucasus some 120 km from Tbilisi. I first…
Currently (2022) there are no tram or trolley lines in Tbilisi, but not so long ago in history, there were plenty of tram and trolleybus lines not only in Tbilisi but also in Batumi, Kutaisi, Gori, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Poti, Rustavi, and even Chiatura.
What has happened to once pretty impressive routes of trams and trolleys in Georgia? I guess the harsh history happened. After the Collapse of the Soviet Union - Georgia got troubled with civil wars, and economic hardships so neither trams nor trolleys were a priority.
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I have found an interesting resource http://photo.tramvaj.ru/ (In the Russian language) where some almost 20-year-old pictures (dated 2003) with trams and trolleys in Georgia are listed. Author of all images listed below: © Mike Russell, Reading, GB. Pictures were taken at the begging of September 2003.
You can read the original here: http://photo.tramvaj.ru/georg2003.htm
From Wikipedia: Tbilisi had a tram network, since 1883 starting from horse driven trams and from 25 December 1904 electric tramway. When the Soviet Union disintegrated, electric transport went to a degradation state within the years and finally the only tram line left was closed on 4 December 2006 together with two trolleybus lines which were left. There are plans to construct a modern tram network.
Car Nr 599 on Route 12 (Didube - Avchala)
Tbilisi Tram KTM 5
Car Nr 181 on Metro Station Didube
Tbilisi Tram Nr 7 (Isaani Line) KTM -5 car
In service from April 21, 1937 to December 4, 2006
Tbilisi Trolley Škoda 14Tr
Tbilisi Trolleybus Škoda
Škoda Trolleybus painted green in Tbilisi
To make it more easy to maintan looks they have decided not to use secondary doors.
ZiU-9 Trolleybus at Vake
ZiU-9 Trolleybus on its route (Tbilisi suburbs)
ZiU-9 Trolleybus on Rustaveli Prospect
Included interurban line to Tiniskhidi village. In service May 1, 1972 - March 24, 2010
Trolleybuses in Gori
ZIU-9 Trolleybus in Gori
In service: February 25, 1986 - July 2009
There was only one route in Zugdidi, ZIU-9 and Škoda trolleybuses run on it.
Included interurban line to Dvabzu village. In service: November 28, 1980 - June 2006
Included interurban line to Maltakva village. In service: May 9, 1981 - December 2004
Rumor has they didn't have enough eletricity to power those ZIU-9 trolleybuses in Poti
Included two interurban lines to Makhinjauri and Khelvachauri. In service: November 6, 1978 - 2005
In service: September 11, 1949 - July 25, 2009
ZIU-9 Trolleybus in Kutaisi
Interurban line to Sachkhere. In service: November 7, 1967 - 2008
Trolleybus in Chiatura
There was a trolleybus line Chiatura - Sachkhere
In service: February 16, 1971 - September 24, 2009
As you can see from those pictures taken more than 10 years ago - neither trolleys or trams, neither roads looks in their shape. I guess it's just logical that those lines were abandoed after all. On other hand it's sad. It's sad there were on investments made to upgrade existing cars, modernize lines. After all both trams and trolleys are "green". In our days there is a lot of talk of sustansable energy in Georgia, so I pressume some lines might return, at least to Tbilisi somewere in future.