March 1985 The first trolleybus Skoda 9 TR borrowed from Sofia entered Pleven. The Skoda was used for test runs before the Pleven trolleybuses are delivered. Skoda 9TR in May 1, 1985 passing in front of the Pleven town`s court building.
May 1, 1985 The Skoda 9 TR was used as an attraction during the Labor day manifestation. The trolleybus made a solemn ride along the streets packed with children waving flowers and ballons.
May to October 1985 The first line is ready but the delivery of the trolleybuses is delayed. The local authorities had negotiations with the Czech producer Skoda for 14 trolleybuses Skoda 14TR. The Czech company was unable to deliver the vehicles in time and the managers start searching for new options. They consider offers for 62 German recycled trolleybuses Solingen, articulated Hungarian trolleybuses Ikarus 280T and ZIU-9. The German trolleybuses are rejected because of their small capacity of only 40 passangers. Ikarus satisfied the Pleven authrities but the producer couldn`t promice to deliver almost 100 trolleybuses in the upcoming years. The Soviet producer ZIU takes it all.
Trolleybuses Solingen seen in the German city of Solingen in 1984. These vehicles were considered to arrive in Pleven in 1985. Today the unique Solingen trolleybuses are still running in Mendoza, Argentinia. The photoes and the info about the Solingen trolleybuses are granted by Dipl.-Ing. JURGEN LEHMANN from TROLLEYMOTION.COM
October 4, 1985 - The first 7 trolleybuses ZIU 9 are delivered from the USSR. The ZIUs of Pleven were the first trolley vehicles of this kind in Bulgaria. Later on ZIU-9 became the most polpular trolleybus in Bulgaria with 471 vehicles delivered in Sofia, Plovdiv, Ruse, Burgas, Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Shumen, Vratsa, Veliko Tarnovo and Gabrovo.
October, 7 1985 - The first official trolleybus day in Pleven. Dances, excitement and unforgetable moments...The first carmen are photografed in front of trolleybus 106 minutes before the start. The third man (from left, with glasses and light suite) is the manager of the Pleven trolleybus company today Angel Nestorov.
October, 7 1985 - 18:15 - The first run of trolleybus 102.
1988 40 new trolleybuses are delivered (#155 - #195)
Trolleybus 160 in May 2006, 18 years after it was imported in Pleven.1996 2 new ZIU - 9 (682) are delivered (#196 and #197). The vehicles were produced in 1988 and were originaly delivered to the town of Shoumen where the trolleybus system was never completed.
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