In 1880, in the town of Sestroretsk near St. Petersburg, the world’s first electric tramline was put into operation. It was designed by engineer Fedir Pirotsky, who was born in 1845 in Lokhvytsia, Ukraine. The electric tramline in the town of Lichterfeld, which was near Berlin and created by the Siemens Company, was put into operation only after a year. However, Pirotsky’s invention did not take hold in the Russian Empire, and the electric tramline in Sestroretsk shortly was dismantled. It returned only in 1892, when the electric tramline was built in Kyiv, which was first successful tram in the Russian Empire.

Dmytro Bolsunvsky, Ann Lyubchenko