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I believe that double deckers are the best choice right now in PY. The Jinlings have been successful at the time. They accommodate a lot of people with relatively decent fuel efficiency. Many people were waiting in line for public transport and single deck buses or trolleys can't cope with the amount of people or were super overcrowded, as seen in pics. Electricity is becoming a big problem with the sanctions and it can't be reliable for trolleys. Personally I think the Chollima 321 will be/is a failure and won't have a great future even in PY.
Double deckers like these would be a more efficient transport method there. Maybe not so cramped. But the body space between first and second floor will probably be used to display propaganda messages.

In the photo of three brochures, the brochure on the left shows an Irisbus Cristalis from Lyon. :)
Nice find! I thought that was another design concept that didn't go into production but looks like it's just that thing you linked to.
 

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Hello Kegare, interesting subject, the Kwangbaksonyon.
I tell you what I have:

articulated bus, specific front end with 6 stats, they all have a weapon at the side:

1. trolleybus:
a. 133 (7 different pictures) colours: red/white, name Chollima on front end.
b. 517 (3 different pictures) colours blue/white, name Chollima on front end.

2. internal combustion bus (with vehicle license plate)
a. (stamp) colours white/green. Text on stamp: Kwangbaksonyon.
b. (3 pictures) colours orange/red/white, one picture shows partly the registration: xx-40-1269. Two pictures with two characters on the front end, one picture with three characters on the front end. Text on the side of the bus: Kwangbaksonyon.

My conclusion: yes you are damned right, there is a combustion engine version and a trolleybus version.
The trolleybus is a Chollima, the combustion bus has Kwangbaksonyon on the side, and a two character or three character name on the front.

Remarkable that I have looked over it just like that!!
 

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I missed this one: November 4 2017 Kim Jong Un brought a visit to the March 16 Works in Pyongsang (also named Pyongsang Auto Works). Pyongsang is also written as Pyongsong.
The March 16 Works is the military manufacturer of the Kaengsaeng jeeps and Taepaeksan trucks, in 2007 it cooperated with Kamaz to produce a batch of Kamaz trucks. Since then we regularly see Taepaeksan (or Taebaeksan) trucks in military parades, carrying heavy rockets. These trucks show clear elements of the Chinese Howo trucks.
Pictures of this visit show only three trucks, all of Howo (Sinotruk) design.
 

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Local bus factory makes new-type trolley bus



The Chongjin Bus Factory in North Hamgyong Province, the DPRK, made a trolley bus of a new type and gave it a trial run.

The factory made imported parts by its own effort by introducing 3D design and a new technology and made a heated steel plate attaching machine to ensure smoother surface while saving finishing materials.

It also improved the quality of fittings.
http://www.pyongyangtimes.com.kp/?bbs=33791

Upgraded trolley buses run along Chongjin streets






A new type of trolley buses recently started service in the route between Sinam and Songphyong districts in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province.

“The running of trolley buses made by our province in streets, which are as fashionable and convenient as the new-type ones in Pyongyang, makes our city look much brighter,” said Ri Pok Sun living in Songphyong District.
These trolley buses facilitating the traffic of citizens are produced at the Chongjin Bus Factory.

“We have set an ambitious goal to produce dozens of new-type trolley buses this year on the basis of achievements and experience of having manufactured several trolley buses last year,” said manager Hwang Kwang Il.
The local bus producer makes imported parts with its own effort by introducing new technologies.

A sliding door mechanism, for example, is designed to remove the major axis of door without using plastic brush for seal and to fix the sliding door separately at ceiling and floor.

The factory invented and made a moulding machine to produce different sizes of square-shape beam which could be claimed to be fundamental in the production of trolley bus.

It also remodelled the scrapped electric motors into induction motors, and reduced noise in the mode of electric-power control based on control board and decreased power consumption by 40 percent as compared to before.

“We increased the power of traction 1.2 times even with the same output as previously by improving framework and structure of chassis frame to reduce the curb weight,” said senior engineer Kim Kuk Song.

The trolley bus is a 25-seater with no trailer.
http://www.pyongyangtimes.com.kp/?bbs=34178

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Must be the revised variant of: https://www.chinesecars.net/content/jipsan-2019

PS: This Pukkuksong https://www.chinesecars.net/content/pukkuksong-485d looks like a Dongfeng https://product.360che.com/img/c1_s63_b1175_s7114_m46310_t0.html
 

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Here's a video of Chongjin trams and trolleybuses filmed in September 2019. The 2019 trolleybus (including the interior) appears at 8:56, and there are also various older models that have been modernised.

[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvwkzXYN7qo[/ame]
 

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A quiet but poignant study of today's transportation in the DPRK, under sanctions.
Reminds me of the buses, south of the border, that once were hammered out of 55 gallon oil drums, salvaged from the army of occupation. Korean ingenuity prevails....

Pray for peace.
 
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