After many years in Moscow, Harvey Smith relocated to St. Petersburg in 2014.
There is a list of linked reports at the bottom.
Harvey reported that an
OV class locomotive was seen here stripped down for overhaul in
early February 2017, presumably for return to active service. It was not
OV-324. Most likely it was
OV-6640 which came here from the museum in 2016 (note added 21st
Harvey has made a number of visits and reports as follows (latest report
for 1st May 2016, added 11th May 2016)..Regular visitors to this page will
note the subtle variations.
1st May 2016
Present in the sunshine (!!!, first time ever)
LV-0522 in Authentic Blue
OV-324 coupled to the tender of OV-6135
ER-766-41 (left) and E-683-32 (right)
13th March 2016
ER-766.41 was reported here in 2015, but appears to have been tidied up
recently: It was using the tender off ER-786.19.
14th February 2016
EM-721-83 was parked at the Depot. I suppose they will do her up and put her back on her plinth. Not sure
Also the frames, wheels and cylinders of presumably VP-4.1337 WERE ON A TROLLEY OUTSIDE THE SHEDS. They had been worked on and were looking good. But not yet painted.
7th February 2016
SU250-74 now present in 'Barry condition' but positioned in an area where
it suggests it may be restored.
31st January 2016
Ye-3560 now present and positioned in an area where it suggests it may be
29th November 2015
L-5248 (in steam), ER-767-77, ER-786-19 with freshly painted tender, L-3958 in fresh paint with not all
markings, SO18-2018, E-683.32 with tender of E-709-24, tender of L-4580, ER-770-58.
ER-786-19 with freshly painted tender on 29th November 2015
15th November 2015
SO18-2359 (in steam), L-5289 (in steam) with tender off L-4580, ER-767-77,
ER-770-58, ER-786-19, TE-3162, SO18-2018, E-683-32 with tender of E-709-24, L-3958 in fresh paint with not all markings.
L-5289 on 15th November 2015
8th November 2015
SO18-2359 (in steam), ER-767-77, ER-770-58, TE-3162,
SO18-2018, E-683-32 with tender of
E-709-24, L 3958 in fresh paint with not all markings.
1st November 2015
L 5248 (in steam and on both turntables), L 5289 (in steam) with tender off
L 4580, Er 767-77, Er 770-58, TE 3162, SO 18-2018, E 683-32 with tender off E
709-24, a tender of an Er built by MAVAG Budapest in primer paint, L 3958 in fresh paint with not all markings, operating railway crane shifting sand.
L 5248 on 1st November 2015
25th October 2015
L-5289 (in steam), ER-767-77, TE-3162, SO18-2018, E-683-32 with tender of
This is a brief update from a 14th June 2015 visit. Seen:
So 17.2873 (Plinthed)
TE 3162 Tender Only
L 5248 in steam
L 4580 Tender Only
E 683-32 with tender of E 709-24 n steam
Since this was written, Richard Brown has pointed out (13th July 2015) that
P36-0027 was being prepared for transport to Tikhoretsk for restoration to working order:
Given it was a runner not so long back (see below), this will not be 'mission
impossible'. Tikhoretsk has already done the business for several other P36.
Harvey Smith reports on his visit on 17th May 2015:
Locos in Steam So 17 2359, E 683.32
Serviceable in the depot So 18 2018, L 5289, Er 766-41
Awaiting / Under renovation P36 0027
Tenders only L 4580 (blue) TE 3162
Plinthed So 17 2873
This was an interesting visit. It was great to see So 17 2359 and E 683-32 in steam and being tested. It was really interesting for an
anorak to admire the original German axle box covers on a DRB 52 tender dated 1942. It was also interesting to see that the depot has a trackside steaming system consisting of
pressure vessels and steam pipes. But sadly I found P36 0027 in one hell of
state, she even had a tree growing out of her. All except one of her cab windows were missing. I first and last saw this locomotive in working order in
February 2006 in the Varshavsky Railway Station Museum. See the top 2 photos
in the account of the St. Petersburg Outdoor Railway Museum
2006. Since when it has had the dubious privilege of spending some time at
the Shushary Museum, St. Petersburg.
Pressure vessel with So 2359
E 683-32 at the other end:
So 18 2018
The sorry looking P36 0027:
The DR axle box.
The St. Petersburg Outdoor Railway Museum, 2006
The St. Petersburg Outdoor Railway Museum, 2013 (updated
1st January 2016)
A St. Petersburg Railway Miscellany (updated
11th April 2017)
Moscow Railway Station / St. Petersburg Depot, 2014
The Indoor Railway Museum, St. Petersburg, 2014
The Shushary Museum, St. Petersburg, 2006
Moscow Sort Depot, St. Petersburg, 2014
(updated 2nd February 2015)
Grand Maket Rossiya / The Grand Model of Russia
VE Day in St. Petersburg (14th May 2015)
The St. Petersburg Southern Children's
Railway (updated 27th June 2016)
Lebyazhe Railway Museum Depot
(16th June 2015)
The Tsar's Private Railway Station, St.Petersburg
(updated 11th May 2017)
The Shushary Museum, St. Petersburg,
2015 (5th August 2015)
The Northern St. Petersburg
Children's Railway (10th June 2016)
Russian Railways RetroTrain Trip
2016 (14th June 2016)