Old trolleybuses cruise Moscow on system's 80th anniversary

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.