Sänfte deliveries complete
filed on: 02.12.2005 (2nd Dec 2005)
Seen yesterday evening at HB on route 10: 2120 with a low-floor centre section.
This concludes the Tram-2000 low-floor rebuilding programme. The scheme, designed to improve accesibility while at the same time increasing capacity involved adding centre sections to the Tram-2000 cars of the third batch (2099-121, delivered in 1991-2). A prototype centre-section was built by VBZ's own workshops using a high proportion of Tram 2000 parts from stock. This was fitted to 2113 and has been in service in this form since 25.10.2001. Experience with this led to the decison to order 22 identical units. The body sections were built by WinPro in the former SLM works in Winterthur and the bogies by Alstom in the former SIG works in Neuhausen. The first such rebuild (2118) entered service on 06.05.2004, with eleven being in service by the end of 2004 and the remaining twelve following in the course of this year.
In order of entry into service (with links to news items — yes, this website reported them all), the Sänftes are:
Sänfte means sedan chair, presumably on account of the way the low floor section is carried between the two high floor sections.
This news item is from the 2005 newslog.
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