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filed on: 03.07.2008 (3rd Jul 2008)

mirage tramReports on indicate that the unrefurbished Cobra prototypes (3001-5) are out of service and stored in Wollishofen depot. 3005 has since been dismantled. They will be rebuilt similarly to 3006 to bring them up to the standard of the series production vehicles. Deliveries have reached 3057.

Trolleybus deliveries (Swisstrolley3) have meanwhile reached 75. The conclusion of the European cup (on 29th June) should mean that all remaining GTZ trolleybuses of the batch 2-36 should now be withdrawn. The driver-training specimens should similarly go by the end of the year.

The removal of football special advertising liveries has begun. 2087+2428 (Carlsberg) lost its livery on the 30th. The other vehicles are likely to follow suite soon (or face withdrawal).

Contrary to rumours that it was to be the first tram 2000 to be scrapped, 2060, which was heavily damaged in an accident in January, is to be repaired. Work is taking low priority however, so it may be another two years until we see 2060 back in service.

tram auzelgMeanwhile, construction of phase 3 of Stadtbahn Glattal is officially set to begin on 10th July. Work is already in progress on cutting an underpass under the motorway at Auzelg and on preparing the alignment in Wallisellen (a railway siding was dismantled to provide the alignment). I have uploaded a series of photos (index here) including views of the future alignment.

I have been a little out of date in reporting news from the enthusiast press. Tram magazine number 94 is now out, but I haven't yet reported on number 93 (02.-04.2008). Mirages 1693/7/9/705/7/19-20. At the end of the year, 1692/4/6/8/701/4/11/3-4/6/8/21/3-4 were stored. The only cabless units (Blinde Kühe) still seeing service were 1710/2/5/7/25.

This news item is from the 2008 newslog.

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