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Old trolleybuses cruise Moscow on system's 80th anniversary

  • Vintage  trolleybuses parade around the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Pieces of the Soviet past were crawling down some of Moscow’s main streets as the city transportation system marked the 80th anniversary of the trolleybus system with a procession of vintage vehicles. The trolleybus system doesn’t have the cachet of Moscow’s art-festooned subway, but the cortege of buses dating back to the 1950s attracted a small throng when it stopped at the square outside the Bolshoi Theater on Saturday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Vintage trolleybuses parade around the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Pieces of the Soviet past were crawling down some of Moscow’s main streets as the city transportation system marked the 80th anniversary of the trolleybus system with a procession of vintage vehicles. The trolleybus system doesn’t have the cachet of Moscow’s art-festooned subway, but the cortege of buses dating back to the 1950s attracted a small throng when it stopped at the square outside the Bolshoi Theater on Saturday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vintage trolleybuses parade around the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Pieces of the Soviet past were crawling down some of Moscow’s main streets as the city transportation system marked the 80th anniversary of the trolleybus system with a procession of vintage vehicles. The trolleybus system doesn’t have the cachet of Moscow’s art-festooned subway, but the cortege of buses dating back to the 1950s attracted a small throng when it stopped at the square outside the Bolshoi Theater on Saturday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Vintage trolleybuses parade around the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Pieces of the Soviet past were crawling down some of Moscow’s main streets as the city transportation system marked the 80th anniversary of the trolleybus system with a procession of vintage vehicles. The trolleybus system doesn’t have the cachet of Moscow’s art-festooned subway, but the cortege of buses dating back to the 1950s attracted a small throng when it stopped at the square outside the Bolshoi Theater on Saturday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Visitors go inside old trolleybuses standing at the square near the Kremlin, with a monument to Karl Marx in the background,  in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Pieces of the Soviet past were crawling down some of Moscow’s main streets as the city transportation system marked the 80th anniversary of the trolleybus system with a procession of vintage vehicles. The trolleybus system doesn’t have the cachet of Moscow’s art-festooned subway, but the cortege of buses dating back to the 1950s attracted a small throng when it stopped at the square outside the Bolshoi Theater on Saturday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Visitors go inside old trolleybuses standing at the square near the Kremlin, with a monument to Karl Marx in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Pieces of the Soviet past were crawling down some of Moscow’s main streets as the city transportation system marked the 80th anniversary of the trolleybus system with a procession of vintage vehicles. The trolleybus system doesn’t have the cachet of Moscow’s art-festooned subway, but the cortege of buses dating back to the 1950s attracted a small throng when it stopped at the square outside the Bolshoi Theater on Saturday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)  (The Associated Press)

Pieces of the Soviet past were crawling down some of Moscow's main streets as the city transportation system marked the 80th anniversary of the trolleybus system with a procession of vintage vehicles.

The trolleybus system doesn't have the cachet of Moscow's art-festooned subway, but the cortege of buses dating back to the 1950s attracted a small throng when it stopped at the square outside the Bolshoi Theater on Saturday.

One bus carried a destination sign for Dzerzhinsky Square — named after the founder of the Soviet secret police, but rechristened since the collapse of the USSR. Another sported a shiny emblem of the famed statue of a heroic tractor driver and collective-farm woman erected in the Stalin era.