Rusty Soviet Buses in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Rusty Soviet Buses in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone ABANDONED SPACES
Photos of rusty public buses and once used for the evacuation of residents of Pripyat after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. But now their resource has been exhausted, and the buses have ended up in this peculiar dump.
Rusty Soviet Buses in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
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Photos of rusty public buses and once used for the evacuation of residents of Pripyat after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. But now their resource has been exhausted, and the buses have ended up in this peculiar dump.

It is a huge scrap metal dump. Truck cabins, spare parts and other metal things filled a large space in front of an oil depot, located a couple of kilometers from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. If you pay attention to the photo below, then to the right you can see small lights from the newly erected Shelter-2 arch above the 4th power unit of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Rusty Soviet Buses in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Photo: zen.yandex.ru/comdig CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

All that stuff, which is in the landfill, took an active part in eliminating the consequences of the accident in 1986, and now it is actively dismantled for metal. Due to such a turnover, dumps of equipment in the Chernobyl zone are thinning, and it is likely that soon they will not remain at all.

Those buses evacuated the city’s population and transported workers to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Old “LAZs”, lined up in a row, are waiting in the wings to be completely sawn and go to be melted down. But no one even knows that the metal from which the new product will be made was from Chernobyl.

Rusty Soviet Buses in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Photo: zen.yandex.ru/comdig CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

All the inside parts of buses (even the rubber bands from the glass) are missing, the engines and wheels are removed. It is not surprising, because the plant producing such buses is closed, and LAZs of this type are still driving around in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Spare parts are always needed, and no matter where technicians will get those parts.

An old photograph of the evacuation process was found on the Internet. Formed columns, consisting of 20 buses and 5 trucks, accompanied by traffic police officers, are sent to Pripyat to evacuate residents.

Photo: zen.yandex.ru/comdig CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Let’s take a look at one of the buses. As you can see, they even removed the upholstery for the seats, leaving a couple of backs.

Rusty Soviet Buses in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Photo: zen.yandex.ru/comdig CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

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