Museum of Urban Electrical Transport
Address: Vasilyevsky Island, Sredny Pr. 77
Tel.: (812) 321-98-91
Museum hours: guided tours are conducted Tuesday to Sunday at 10:00, 11:30, 14:00, 16:00
Entrance: guided tours only
St. Petersburg Museum of Urban Electrical Transport is located at the former Vasileostrovsky tram depot. The Museum allows its visitor to explore how electrical public transport evolved in the city from 1860 up to the present moment: horsecars, tram-on-ice, urban tram etc. One can also view archival photos, drawings, traffic plans and diagrams. Floor stands provide information on the city’s electrical transport showng how it has changed over the past 100 years.
The Museum passenger vehicles are housed in two depots: the first depot features 16 tram-cars built and used in 1900-1989 starting with a one-decker horse drawn tram; all trams have been restored and are maintained in working condition; the second depot houses four museum passenger trolleybuses.
The Route Installation
The Route project is dedicated to tram route no.36, one of the St. Petersburg oldest tram routes and the only one that goes as far as the suburban Strelna village. Oranienbaum Electric Line nickmaned Oranela is a unique railway route created in the early 20th century parallel to the Peterhof highway to connect Narvskaya Zastava (Narvsky district) with Strelna, Peterhof, Oranienbaum and Krasnaya Gorka (total length of the route is approximately 66 km). Oranienbaum Electric Line was Russia’s first suburban electric train project. The first section of the railroad tracks was built in 1912 between Avtovo and Strelna. After 100 years Petersburg citizens can still take a long and tinkly trip following route 36.
The center-piece of the installation is a 9-meter-long tapestry by Eugenia Matchneva featuring a panorama of route 36, based on the artist’s personal memories of the regular trips she took to Strelna since she was a child. The second part of the installation is a video project by Alyona Tereshko: several screens show images linked to a trip taken by tram no. 36. The images are reproduced in a chaotic manner – just like they would be stored in human memory.
Eugenia Matchneva (St. Petersburg)
Eugenia Matchneva was born in Leningrad in 1988. In 2011she graduated from the Department of Textile Design at the St. Petersburg State Art and Industry Academy named after Alexander von Stieglitz. In 2012 Eugenia Matchneva enrolled as a student in the School for Young Artists program run by the Pro Arte Foundation and North-West Branch of the National center for Contemporary Art. Member of the Russian Union of Artists since 2013, Eugenia participated in group exhibitions in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Alyona Tereshko (St. Petersburg)
Alyona Tereshko was born in 1986 in Tishim (Tyumen region). She is a graduate of the Department of Monumental Painting at the St. Petersburg State Art and Industry Academy named after Alexander von Stieglitz. In 2012 Alyona Tereshko enrolled in student in the School for Young Artists. Alyona is a member of Parazit art group; she participated in group exhibitions both in Russia and abroad.