The railway came to Abkhazia in the early 1930s. The Abkhazian city of Sukhumi was an important hub in the USSR. A huge railway system was built there by Soviet engineers, but it was destroyed after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
As a result of the 1992-1993 armed conflict, traffic on the Sukhumi railway station was completely stopped. The Abkhazian trains were stripped of all useful parts and left to decompose on the rails. The trains belonged to the Sukhumi railway station. This is a train graveyard near Abkhazia’s capital with huge locomotives standing outside an old and abandoned motive power depot.
Urbex explorer PARKHIS decided to explore an abandoned VL-8 locomotive. The VL8s were manufactured at the Tbilisi Electric Locomotive Works between 1957–1967, as well as the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant. In 1976-1985, return devices were installed on the VL8 locomotives, which made it possible to increase the speed from 80 to 90-100 km / h. Such electric locomotives received the designation — VL8M.
The locomotive in the photo above (VL-8 Locomotive) was made in 1967 and operated in Bashkiria and Mordovia. In 1976 locomotive has been transferred to Tbilisi, and 4 years later it was transferred to Sukhumi railway station and operated on Abkhazia railway tracks .
A wooden door behind the back leads to the engine room. Soviet track renewal train VPR-1200. The condition of the cockpit is predictable – the windows are broken, the dashboard is smashed. In the Soviet Union to minimize the time of track during a track renewal project, a track renewal train VPR-1200 was used to automate most of the required process
In the photos below is another looted train is standing nearby — the ADM-1 motorcoach. ADM-1 was a powered rail vehicle able to pull several trailers and at the same time transport passengers or luggage.