Friday 24 April 2015

Estonia Special Part One

I'm pleased to say my plea for more foreign material was answered, and today I bring you the first part of an Estonia/Finland special, with pictures supplied by David Squire, Managing Director of First Eastern Counties. Great to have you on board, David, and thanks for sharing your pics with us. I'll quote a section from David's accompaning email; Please note all pics remain copyright to David.

As promised here is the first instalment of my travels.

To kick off we are in Tallinn, Estonia, the Baltic State immediately opposite Helsinki in Finland of which more in the next mail, it is May 2013.

As a former soviet state, the fleet has a number of aging vehicles, surprisingly the municipally owned operator in Tallinn, the major city and capital operates buses, trams and trolleybuses. Trams are painted in various liveries whilst buses are green and trolleys blue although there are numerous allover adverts. Below we have a tram, a modern low floor trolley and a superb older articulated trolley of which there were still a significant number in service!
A tram in Tallinn, Estonia
The modern trolleybus - anyone know the make?

And the older trolleybus, again with big wheels!
Not sure I can see a pantograph on the next one so it must be a bus. Over to you wonderful people to identify it please as my knowledge of all things Estonian is approximately zero!
An Estonian bendibus in Tallinn
More to come tomorrow, when we also pop over the border to Finland, where we find a beer tram??? Not to be missed!


  1. Andrew Kleissner24 April 2015 at 17:42

    Interesting to notice that neither trolleybus appears to have a numberplate (unless there's one on the back). Presumably they are regarded by the licensing authorities as "trackless trams".

    And the bus seems to have its fleet number as its numberplate: TAK is the abbreviation for the Tallin Transportation Company.

  2. viewfromthesouth27 April 2015 at 10:16

    The trolleybus looks like a Solaris.......