News and press roundup
filed on: 12.01.2006 (12th Jan 2006)
Yesterday's Tages Anzeiger reports on the Geneva trolleybus being tested in Zürich. Besides many of the facts previously reported by this website, it is written that the vehicle has been undergoing trials in Zürich (without passengers) since last week (5th January?). To better negotiate tight curves, the rear axle of this bus is steerable . The driver is additionally assisted by two cameras.
Discussions on Nahverkehrsform Schweiz suggest that the identity of the new trolleybus is TPG 783. Pictures show that in Zürich it is carrying the number 199.
A correspondant (S. Baguette) informs that Mirages 1697,1702 and 1708 are currently stabled outside Wollishofen depot. Presumably they are withdrawn.
The current edition of Tram magazine (No.84/12.2005-02.2006) states that Mirages 1617/54/90/1/700 have been scrapped (some of these were already mentioned in the previous edition, see 6th October). The accompanying picture suggests that 1654 was with accident damage. Also scrapped are Standard Tram trailers 747/56/65.
The current edition of Prellbock magazine (6/05) discusses, among many other things, the project to build a replica compressed air tram (Mekarski system) in Bern. The Berner Tramway Gesellschaft has been formed with the purpose of realising this project which should be complete by 2008. Ten trams of this type served Bern between 1890 and 1901. The original depot still survives in the form of Restaurant Altes Tramdepot at Bärengraben.
See also: www.dampftram.ch (steam and compressed air trams in Bern).
This news item is from the 2006 newslog.
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