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