Cargo tram in Den Haag?
filed on: 20.09.2005 (20th Sep 2005)
The list of cities operating, or taking interest in goods trams has been joined by The Hague. The Dutch Rail Magazine (September 2005, quoting source: www.haagstramnieuws.org) reports that a concept is being evaluated to supply city centre shops. Such a tram would operate in the early mornings to avoid interference with passenger services. A tram of the type being acquired for Randstadrail is considered suitable, the large low floor area being ideal for fast unloading.
Goods by tram: background
In 2003, Zürich introduced its Cargotram to collect refuse from neighbourhoods and bring it to a recycling centre. In contrast to the Dresden model, this tram uses older vehicles adapted at relatively low cost. The offer is succesful and popular and has been expanded to serve further destinations in the city.
Vienna is currently evaluating the potential of trams to carry a broader range of cargoes. A prototype / demonstrator has been built.
This news item is from the 2005 newslog.
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