Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Emperor Nicholas’ apology on a bus!

The huge and clumsy omnibuses pulled by horses of the 1830s along the Nevsky Prospekt, the main thoroughfare of St. Petersburg, had been taken off the route due to a lack of passengers.

Officials decided in 1847 to try again with a ten seater carriage drawn by a pair of horses. The buses now had springs, rare for the city, for a more comfortable ride. The route was inaugurated on Sunday April 20th. The public were enthusiastic from the start. They were so crowded that it was hard to get a seat.

Photograph (below) of an omnibus in Palace Square
Nicholas I was curious. In early May he climbed aboard a bus to try it out. The other passengers were stunned to see their emperor. Sitting down, Nicholas then apologized for his long legs that took up a lot of space.

Photographs (below) of omnibuses on the Nevsky Prospekt

Photograph (below)  of the new electric omnibuses in 1899 at Gatchina Palace


  1. Very interesting post Joanna! The omnibuses look some what similar to our trams here in Australia.

  2. The trams of yesteryear in Australia? I did watch the series Miss Fisher's Mysteries set in late 1920s in Australia. Marvelous to see the Victorian houses that still stand.

  3. I live in Melbourne the main city in the state of Victoria and we have a long history with trams the Melbourne tramway network consists of 250 kilometres (160 miles) of track, 493 trams, 24 routes, and 1,763 tram stops. It is the largest urban tramway network in the world according to Wikipedia. Wish I could send you a few pictures (I'm on Facebook if you want to friend me? I sent you a request and a message) The Trams are all sleek and modern now but they originally looked like the ones in your post.
    Oh wow! I loved that show. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is filmed in Melbourne, Aunt Prudence's house is filmed at the Rippon Lea Estate, Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia The Rippon Lea Estate was built in 1868.
    Phryne Fisher's House is Wardlow, Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia It was built in 1888.
    There are still a few old places around in the city but a lot of the city is very modernised, skyscrapers and such but as someone who lives here and has lived here all her life, I have to say it's a very beautiful city.

  4. Thanks for the links and info on the Miss Fisher series. I was curious of the set locations. Another series I saw recently is Doctor Blake Mystery but it is 1950s. Was it also filmed in Melbourne?

    With thousands of friend requests I don't have time to confirm. I try to do a few when I can, but I am interested and want to read posts with fascinating photos by others relating to of course St. Petersburg and history. Can you give me a clue to your name on facebook and I can search then?

  5. That's funny I was going to suggest The Doctor Blake Mysteries! It's filmed in and around the city of Ballart, which is about two hours roughly away from Melbourne. It was a town that sprung up during the gold rush and has subsequently become a city of it's own over the year's. I can give you filming locations for there if you want?
    I understand that you probably do get thousands of friend requests and you are interested and want to read posts about things relating to St Peterborough and I probably don't have anything to contribute only to ask a thousand questions! (joking) :)
    Anyway you are welcome on the links to The Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.
    Ghostie x (Beth Kingsley)

  6. interesting post - but the buses are actually trams, had never realised that russia had double deckers.