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Karpfen trams leave Zürich

filed on: 09.02.2007 (9th Feb 2007)

Karpfen tram at speed Today's edition of the free newspaper 20 Minuten, reports that 13 of the Karpfen or P16 type trams were loaded onto railway wagons yesterday, destined for the Ukrainian city of Vinnitsa. It may or may not bear connection that I saw 1430 returning to Oerlikon depot at about 19:30 yesterday. The tram was running solo (without trailer). 1430 is the unit of this type that is earmarked for preservation (together with trailer 785). In the meantime the pair are still used occasionally as spare unit for route 10, and 1430 may, on this occasion, have been used to shunt its sisters onto the railways wagons at Altstetten. The newspaper article adds that until the end of 2009, more than a dozen Mirage type trams will follow the Karpfen to Vinnitsa. Federal government is contributing 2.53 million franks to the transport and overhaul of these trams, which are expected to see another dozen years of service.

The fact that 13 and not 14 Karpfen are being shipped leads me to speculate whether the 14th unit that is available may not be earmarked for San Francisco?

See also:
Karpfen: the final curtain (11.12.2006)
Karpfen farewell tour (13.11.2006)
1430 + 785 chosen for preservation (09.10.2006)
Zürich trams for Ukraine? (20.09.2006)
Last months for Be4/4 1416-1430 (15.09.2006)
Search news archive for P16
P16 photos
Read about the origins of this type in my 2005 Zürich tram article, section: Rolling stock for the transition

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