Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

Help Support Amtrak Unlimited Discussion Forum:

anumberone

Conductor
AU Supporter
Joined
Aug 8, 2015
Messages
1,108
I took a year of Russian in college (40 years ago), but I don't remember much other than the Cyrillic alphabet and stuff like "Comrade Volkov works at a collective farm," and "Ya nichevo nye znayoo" ("I don't know anything.")
I'm adding that " Ya nichevo nye znayoo" to my repertoire for handling panhandlers.
 

jiml

OBS Chief
Joined
Feb 27, 2019
Messages
724
Most of the Russian stuff I've seen has been old technology,poorly built and breaks down often with parts hard to impossible to get. YMMV
Couldn't agree more. You were correct that they sold Ladas here for a couple of years and everything you said was true - old tech, poorly built and no parts. There weren't many days in my commuting life back then that you wouldn't see one broken down roadside somewhere. I guess they were cheap though.
 

anumberone

Conductor
AU Supporter
Joined
Aug 8, 2015
Messages
1,108
The Rooskies probably don't want to take credit for the Wonder Car YUGO. ( One had to wonder who would buy it and where it would break down. ). They were running the show back then.
 

Bob Dylan

Conductor
Joined
May 31, 2009
Messages
19,042
Couldn't agree more. You were correct that they sold Ladas here for a couple of years and everything you said was true - old tech, poorly built and no parts. There weren't many days in my commuting life back then that you wouldn't see one broken down roadside somewhere. I guess they were cheap though.
Sort of like all of the Foriegn Cars into the US when First Sold here ( including Japan,France,England,Italy and Korea)except Volvo,Saab, VW and the other German makes!
 

MARC Rider

Conductor
Joined
Apr 5, 2011
Messages
1,662
The Rooskies probably don't want to take credit for the Wonder Car YUGO. ( One had to wonder who would buy it and where it would break down. ). They were running the show back then.
I don't think the Russians had much to do with the Yugo, or even communist Yugoslavia. For those who don't remember the Cold War, look up "Tito." (as in Josip Broz, not the vodka brand made in Texas.)
 

Bob Dylan

Conductor
Joined
May 31, 2009
Messages
19,042
The Yugo was based on an Italian Fiat which was a Piece of Junk, even before it was produced in the Soviet Block!

Except for the First Korean Cars and the Pinto , probably the worst piece of crapola ever sold as a "Car!"
 

toddinde

Train Attendant
Joined
Apr 23, 2015
Messages
81
The Yugo was based on an Italian Fiat which was a Piece of Junk, even before it was produced in the Soviet Block!

Except for the First Korean Cars and the Pinto , probably the worst piece of crapola ever sold as a "Car!"
Yugoslavia was not the Soviet block. Tito was communist, but went his own way.
 

Bob Dylan

Conductor
Joined
May 31, 2009
Messages
19,042
Yugoslavia was not the Soviet block. Tito was communist, but went his own way.
Technically neither was Poland,Hungary and East Germany! Iron Curtain Countries were NOT under Soviet Control if you believe Gerald Ford in his 1976 debates with Jimmy Carter!
NOT!!!
 

Green Maned Lion

Conductor
Joined
Dec 27, 2007
Messages
8,032
Yes I would buy a Russian car, and durability primarily. Different nations tend to have different standards for what something has to hold up to; Russian made stuff is generally designed to be capable of handling several times the required operating specification, on the premise that all maintenance is performed by a simpleton, and the original assembly was done by a drunk.

That is not an example of my sense of humor, by the way. That really is how they are built.
 

MARC Rider

Conductor
Joined
Apr 5, 2011
Messages
1,662
Technically neither was Poland,Hungary and East Germany! Iron Curtain Countries were NOT under Soviet Control if you believe Gerald Ford in his 1976 debates with Jimmy Carter!
NOT!!!
Actually, Yugoslavia was not a member of the Warsaw Pact, and after 1948 it did not consider itself part of the "Soviet Bloc." It was communist, but Tito's version of Communism. Thus, you really can't consider it part of the "Soviet Bloc."

Fun fact: Every country outside of Russia that used to be in the Warsaw Pact (plus the Baltic states, Slovenia, and Croatia) is now a member of NATO.
 

toddinde

Train Attendant
Joined
Apr 23, 2015
Messages
81
Technically neither was Poland,Hungary and East Germany! Iron Curtain Countries were NOT under Soviet Control if you believe Gerald Ford in his 1976 debates with Jimmy Carter!
NOT!!!
Completely different. Those countries were in the Soviet block. Yugoslavia was not. Those countries were in the Warsaw Pact. Yugoslavia was not. Yugoslavia was a communist party, but that doesn’t mean it was in the Soviet block. And Ford was an idiot for saying that.
 
Group Builder
Top