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Following an old taxi

Today it is hard to believe but the railway station in Mogilev used to be located far from the city and the residents thought it to be uncomfortable to reach. The main means of transportation was a cab. The most popular route for draymen was “Railway station – city centre – steamship landing stage”. But there were also other routes connecting the railway station, Mogilev’s markets, the steamship landing stage and vicinity (Lupolovo, Tishovka). The route connecting the railway station and the Bykhovsky market existed even after the Great October Revolution.

New means of transportation started from the railway station. For example, German citizens Genrih Georgiev Dietrich and Adolf Ernestov Foye who lived in Bolshaya Meschanskaya Street (today it is Bolshaya Grazhdanskaya Street) with the permission of the city council drove passengers in their ten-seat Mercedes car for a fare of 15 copecks. B.G. Gultsev recollects that as soon as he got his first salary as a telegrapher he took the Mercedes to travel from the railway station to Ledkovskaya Street (Mira Avenue) and paid 15 copecks. The fact is dated by 1914.

On July, 1 1911 Mogilev’s petty bourgeois Samuil Sagal mentioned the taxi route from the railway station to the Bykhov suburb and Lupolovo. Sagal was ready to offer two four-seat cars “of average caliber” to maintain transportation from the railway station to Lupolovo and from the railway station along Bykhovskaya Street to engineers’ barracks (Kuibysheva factory). In 1934 first two passenger buses took the residents following the route “Railway Station – Krasnoi Zvezdy Val (Sovetskaya Square)”. February, 18 1970 started the first trolleybus route “Railway Station – Kuibysheva village”.

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