The International Steam Pages

180 Years of Russian Steam

Harvey Smith was based in and around Moscow off and on from 1997 to 2014 and has now moved to St. Petersburg. Apart from this report he has also posted information on other attractions in Moscow and the rest of Russia, there are links at the bottom of the page.

See also Harvey's pre show visit to Podmsokovnaya depot.

Harvey Smith writes:

The Celebration of 180 years since the first Russian Steam Locomotive at Shcherbinka from 1st to 3rd August 2014, there is a video of the event on YouTube

This celebration was organized to celebrate the Cherepanov locomotive, which was Russia's first steam locomotive. An explanation appears here: 

This is Dmitry Kolesnikov's picture of the star of the show (not quite what it appears to be):

This event was professionally organized and completely free of charge. All it cost was the 140 rubles (less than 3 pounds equivalent) suburban train return ticket for 2 persons from Tsaritsina station in Moscow. Two external temporary viewing platforms were provided. A band and dancers dressed in period costumes performed as different locomotives rolled by. After the parade of locomotives free trips on the Sapsan HST and a retro-train pulled by class L 2057 steam locomotive were provided. Finally, we were able to get nice and close photos of all the locomotives as they were triple and quadruple headed into Shcherbinka station ready for the return trip to Podmsokovnaya Depot in Moscow. We cannot complain it was a superb event.

The locomotives on display were:

L-3348 Permanently plinthed at Shcherbinka but the cab is opened for public access on special occasions as it was for this celebration


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P36-0120 which was formerly plinthed at Belorusski Voxhall in Moscow.


A battery operated replica of the Cherepanov locomotive. It does smoke but you can hear the electric motor.

Also present were:

9P-19489 - pictures of it are included in the pre-show report.

SO18-2018 which was decorated with foliage to depicted the locomotives that brought the Red Army soldiers back from Germany to Belorusski Voxhall at the end of World War 2.

ER-791-81 which is sectioned with internal internal parts painted to explain the workings of a steam locomotive

Modern traction was represented by the Sapsan High Speed Train:

As a PS, This is Dmitry Kolesnikov's picture of P36-0120 back in March 2013 after being 'recovered' and before being overhauled (apparently at Ilyich which is in the Krasnodar region (around 1000 km from Moscow): It must have been well prepared before being plinthed for 29 years! (See for its recovery)


Rob Dickinson