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2006 news

filed on: 08.01.2007 (8th Jan 2007)

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2007 to all readers!

All 2006 news items (101 in total) have been moved to:
www.proaktiva.ch/tram/zurich/newslog/2006.html#latest.

cobra tram 2006 was an eventful year. Restricting this overview to strictly Zürich events, the year saw Glattalbahn making great steps towards realisation. 2006 witnessed three great milestones: the opening of phase one, commencement of work on phase two and the approval of phase three (the latter will open in 2008 and 2010 respectively).

While on the subject of new lines, a blueprint was presented for the future development of the urban network. The first step of this expansion, Tram Züri West is scheduled to open in 2010.

On the rolling stock side, 2006 saw commencement of deliveries of the series Cobra trams, with deliveries having reached number 3019 (?) by the end of the year. Karpfen tram OerlikonThe rapid arrival of new trams has permitted the withdrawal of Mirage type trams and (officially) the total demise of the P16 or Karpfen type (this is not quite correct as I saw such a set on route 10 yesterday). Some of these trams are set to see further service in the Ukrainian city of Vinnitsa.

There are renewals ahead for the trolleybus fleet also. At the beginning of the year, a Geneva-double articulated Lightram type vehicle was tested. The success of this trial led to the confirmation of the order for 17 such vehicles, delivery of which is to start this Summer. Being purchased as part of the same 2005 order are 16 single-articulated vehicles of the Swisstrolley type. The first of these was delivered ahead of its batch in July, with the others to follow in the coming months.

For the tram museum, the approaching opening of the new Burgwies depot is an important milestone. A lesser highlight was the return of a now centenarian Albisgütlibahn tramcar to Zürich.

This news item is from the 2007 newslog.


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