This old district of Moscow is named after the village that once was here - Sushchevo, and there are streets with similar names here. A tram line along Novosushchevskaya and Tikhvinskaya Streets was constructed in 1930's - it replaced a closed tramline along Novoslobodskaya Street. In 1933 the line was extended to great steel and heavy machinery factories in Novotikhvinskaya (now Dvintsev) Street. A short stretch of this not so long line from Minaevskiy Pereulok up to the Ulitsa Dvintsev loop was closed on 1 November 2002. A few sections of abandoned tracks could still be seen for a while but now all traces of that section are gone.

Sushchevskaya Street. The tracks here were re-laid (they did need it, because their state was awful; it looked like they had no maintenance for many decades) in 1996, but tram operation was restored only a year later. Today this line is served by route #19, the only self-crossing tram line in Moscow.

June 1997.

A crossroad with four tramlines: left - to Palikha Street, right - to Ploshchad Borby, forward - to Tikhvinskaya Street, and the last one is Sushchevskaya, just behind me.

4 March 2006

Tikhvinskaya Street after rain. This district was covered with modern buildings in 1970-80's. A hundred metres farther this line connects with a line in Minaevskiy Pereulok.

July 2000.

This section of Tikhvinskaya Street has not changed much during the last decade. One can see almost the same view today as on this archive photo.

© Gordon Stewart

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