Back in August 1984, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Vorkuta motor transport enterprise, a LiAZ-158 bus was placed on the ATP pedestal. On a rusty Soviet pedestal, there is a small plaque from which you can learn that LiAZ-158 buses operated on the roads of the Russian Arctic from 1960 to 1979.
Leading drivers Golota N.A. and Goncharov A.I. brought the mileage of the bus number 07-68 6e from the overhaul to 1,150,000 km on the roads of Vorkuta! What’s interesting: after talking with local residents, we learned that, most likely, this is a common trick of the times of Soviet propaganda. Nobody believes that an ordinary bus was able to travel more than a million kilometers without major repairs along the broken roads of Vorkuta and its environs.
Bus transportation in the polar Vorkuta undoubtedly played a huge role. Therefore, the development of transport infrastructure has always been given close attention. During the Soviet era, bus routes ran to all mines and townships in the city. By the end of the 1980s, there were 40 bus routes in the city with a length of more than 600 kilometers.
But now the population of the city is rapidly decreasing, and many villages on the Vorkuta ring are completely abandoned and are gradually being plundered for scrap metal and building materials. The mines are closing. In general, at the moment only two or three are fully functioning, so such ATPs are no longer needed. Miners and employees are transported to their workplaces with brand new KamAZ buses. Urbex travelers from the ComDig Urban Exploration group managed to climb to the pedestal and through the broken window to get into the cabin of an abandoned bus. Of course, the bus condition upset them greatly, because from the outside it looks an order of magnitude better than from the inside. The bus stands and decomposes, given over to the harsh polar weather.