Lenin on wheels

According to the plan, the monument is not only able to move by rail, but also to rotate around its axis

Lenin on wheels monument
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The statue of Vladimir Lenin in Moscow, located opposite the depot of the Oktyabrskaya railway near Leningradsky terminal.

The monument was erected at a railway handcar and is thus mobile. It was designed by the sculptor Isaak Mendelevich.

Памятник Ленину у депо Октябрьской железной дороги
pinterest button Памятник Ленину у депо Октябрьской железной дороги скульптор И. А. Менделевич, фотограф Андрей Ольховский, CC BY-SA 3.0

This is one of the first monuments to the leader of the world proletariat in Moscow and the world's only Lenin on wheels move.


During the preparation for the 8th anniversary of the October Revolution, railroad workers offered to place the monument to Vladimir Lenin in their depot. The idea was warmly supported by the authorities.

In the off-duty hours the railroad men worked on assembling of on the monuments pedestal out of railway parts. As of their plan, the monument was not only supposed to be able to move by rail, but also to rotate around its axis.

Money for the sculpture were gathered by picking up and selling scrap metal and by repairing railcars at subbotniks. However, when the necessary funds were obtained, it turned out that too little time was left before the event for the sculptors to match it. So the workers decided to borrow a statue from the lobby of the Leningradsky terminal. 


The monument is made of plaster with tinted bronze. Lenin stands upright on a high pedestal. His left hand clenched, and the right hand is hidden in his pants pocket.

The pedestal is made of welded locomotive rods, wings, reversers and worm gears. It stands on four wheels of a decommissioned rail tender. Details of the pedestal are painted in black and red.

There is a metal plaque attached to the base of the pedestal:

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Monument to Lenin at the Oktyabrskaya railway depot
Russian: Памятник Ленину у депо Октябрьской железной дороги
Lenin on wheels
Russian«Ленин на колёсах»



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