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Old 05-20-2021, 12:14 AM
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2021 May Day Parade

Verkhnyaya Pyshma is a town in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, located north of Yekaterinburg.

It is small (a population of 60,000) and is the home of Ural Locomotives, where they produce their whole range of locomotives, including the 2ES10 (see Picture 1 below), a powerful mainline loco, and the Lastochka EMU (see Picture 2 below) which is the common intercity EMU.

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In Russia, the 1st of May is Workers Day and there are many parades. These are followed up by Victory Day on 9th May.

Verkhnyaya Pyshma itself also has the Verkhnyaya Pyshma Military Museum (know as UMMC or the Ural Museum of Military Glory). To mark Victory Day this year they paraded some of their vehicles, all of which are kept in operating condition.

This year they paraded over 48 vehicles (including some Lend-Lease), and the video of the event is indeed well worth watching, especially as modelling inspiration!

Here is the link (YouTube). Enjoy!

Историческая техника на параде Победы в Верхней Пышме/Historical technique at the Victory parade - YouTube



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The sheer range of operating vehicles is amazing - spanning a period from the 1920s through to the end of WW2. And everyone should be able to spot a favourite or two!

As well as the immaculate state of the vehicles, I was impressed by the fact that the operators were all correctly dressed for the part. Operators were drawn from veterans of the armed forces, participants of recent conflicts and (a nice touch this) grandchildren and children of those who fought in WW2, as well as those who served in Afghanistan.

Two of my favourites...





I am making plans already for a model of the speaker truck!
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Thank you for that Kevin. It's good to see other countries maintain some working
history. An entertaining seven minutes.
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Love the truck with the aircraft listening device. Sort of if you hear it, the planes are going to be overhead in less than a minute, but enough time to aim the AA guns.


Also, the trackless tank looks like a US Christie. It could operate with or without tracks. This was a pre WW2 tank, but did see service early on in the war until better tanks like the Sherman and T-34 were introduced.


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That is very interesting, thanks for posting this...
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Great stuff! Several American (presumably lend lease) vehicles at the end of the parade.

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Don - yup, the section at the end did use the Lend-Lease examples held in the museum.

I believe they have in fact many more.

And Isaac - yes the example you refer to is a Christie. I have never ever actually seen an original in operation before!
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I think I have identified the "trackless" tank above.

I thought it was a Christie, but was puzzled by the blunt nose.

It is actually a Russian tank - the BT-7 (and a forerunner of the T-34). Some 5,500 were built. Up to 86km an hour on the road!

BT-7 - Wikipedia
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