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Basel: Adios Combino (for a while)

filed on: 24.11.2005 (24th Nov 2005)

The definite modification programme for Basel's Combino type trams has begun. Yesterday evening, the first of these left Basel for Siemens' Krefeld works where all European trams of this type will be treated. The modifications include strengthening of the body and increased freedom of movement betweens sections. The resulting weight increase will be compensated by lightweight bus-type seats. In total, Basel has 28 Combinos, each requiring at least 60 days in Krefeld. Two to three of these will out of service simultaneously until completion of work in 2007.

The first Combino to leave Basel is 310. It was loaded onto a road transporter at Wiesenplatz depot yesterday evening. The operation took longer than intended due to problems assembling the low-loader. See the photographs on Guido Studer's website.

Bern has 15 Combinos (on which work has not yet begun).

source: Tram Forum Basel

See also:
Basel: Combino latest (23.03.2005)
Combino update (30.06.2004)
Combino troubles (13.03.2004)

This news item is from the 2005 newslog.

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