New Trams for Łódź

The first new PESA „Swing“ 122NaL vehicles are now in service on line 10. Bartosz Stępień has kindly sent us a few images:

Olechów during the „premiere ride“ (23.12.2015)

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Wyszyńskiego loop (25.12.2015)

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More vehicles will be delivered soon (22 in total have been ordered). 1578-1581 have arrived so far and the first 3 are in service.

"Helmuts" in Lodz (Update)

Lodz is one of my favorite travel destination these days. The „Helmut“ cars (this is the local nickname for all ex West German cars that went to Poland) are of special interest to me. Unfortunately, the wounding-down of the Lodz interurban tram companies MKT and TP in 2012 resulted in the scrapping of a number of these second hand mostly Duewag built cars. Fortunately, some remain (not all in service and MPK scrapped a few recently) and here is an overview (this post originally appeared in late 2014 and has been brought up-to-date):

The cars are listed as follows (by fleet number carried):

fleet number
original operator (successive operators in brackets)
builder & date built (series)
remarks

All cars (except the ex Bielefeld M8C(N)s and works car 92002) are currently stationed at Telefoniczna (no. 1 – this number was taken over from the old Tramwajowa depot which was closed and now acts as the main workshops but is scheduled to be replaced by a new facility) tram depot and many carry a 1xxx number. The first digit of the fleet number in Lodz always donates the depot. Most of the cars taken over by MPK from MKT and TP clash with already existing Konstal cars of the same number and thus the leading digit is omitted there. The M8C cars at Chocianowice (no. 2 – originally no. 3 but re-numbered when Dabrowskiego depot closed a few years ago) also do not have the depot number as the first digit of the fleet number. All the M8C cars will be rebuilt with a low-floor centre section soon (MPK has started with the first car in 2014 – there is even talk about rebuilding the M6S cars accordingly later) and the „new“ M8CN cars get a new number. Workscars have a 5 digit number and the first digit donates the depot (not all cars are numbered correctly – this unfortunately seems to be long-standing tradition in Lodz!) followed by a 2xxx number; 92xxx donates cars allocated to Tramwajowa workshops or the permanent way/workscar depot which is almost opposite of the now demolished Dabrowskiego depot). So whenever a tram is moved (allocated) from one depot to another only the first digit of the fleet number changes (this has been done a lot with the remaining Konstal cars).

81 GT8ZR
Hagen GT6ZR #69 then GT8ZR #89 (Innsbruck GT8ZR #81 with new centre section from Bielefeld GT8 #805, MKT GT8ZR #81)
Duewag 1959/60
never used by MPK and recently scrapped
171-110-000081-12

86 GT8ZR
Hagen GT6ZR #64 (Innsbruck GT8ZR #86 with centre section from Bielefeld GT8 #811, MKT GT8ZR #86)
Duewag 1959/60
never used by MPK and recently scrapped
171-110-000086-13

149 GT8
Ludwigshafen #149, MKT #149)
Duewag 1962-67
never used by MPK and recently scrapped
171-110-000149-30

202 GT8
Freiburg #202 (MKT #202)
Duewag 1971-72
never used by MPK and recently scrapped
202a

301 M6S
Bochum-Gelsenkirchen #301 (MKT #301)
Duewag 1976-77
171-110-000301-09

302 M6S
Bochum-Gelsenkirchen #302 (MKT #302)
Duewag 1976-77
171-110-000302-08

316 M6S
Bochum-Gelsenkirchen #316 (MKT #316)
Duewag 1976-77
171-110-000316-03c

324 M6S
Bochum-Gelsenkirchen #324 (MKT #324)
Duewag 1976-77
171-110-000324-18

327 M6S
Bochum-Gelsenkirchen #327 (MKT #327)
Duewag 1976-77
stored
171-110-000327-04

328 M6S
Bochum-Gelsenkirchen #328 (MKT #328)
Duewag 1976-77
171-110-000328-05

506 GT8N
Mannheim-Ludwigshafen GT6 #363 later Mannheim GT6 #363 later Mannheim GT8N #506 (MKT #506)
Duewag 1962
171-110-000506-05

509 GT8N
Mannheim-Ludwigshafen GT6 #373 later Mannheim GT6 #373 later Mannheim GT8N #509 (MKT #509)
Duewag 1962
171-110-000509-10a

511 GT8N
Mannheim-Ludwigshafen GT6 #376 later Mannheim GT6 #376 later Mannheim GT8N #511 (MKT #511)
Duewag 1962
171-110-000511-18

513 GT8N
Mannheim-Ludwigshafen GT6 #384 later Mannheim GT6 #384 later Mannheim GT8N #513 (MKT #513)
Duewag 1962
171-110-000513-03

514 GT8N
Mannheim-Ludwigshafen GT6 #387 later Mannheim GT6 #387 later Mannheim GT8N #514 (MKT #514)
Duewag 1962
171-110-000514-09

515 GT8N
Mannheim-Ludwigshafen GT6 #388 later Mannheim GT6 #388 later Mannheim GT8N #515 (MKT #515)
Duewag 1962
171-110-000515-05

522 M8C
Bielefeld #522
Duewag 1982
171-110-000522-03

523 M8C
Bielefeld #523
Duewag 1982
171-110-000523-04

525 M8C
Bielefeld #525
Duewag 1982
171-110-000525-15

526 M8C
Bielefeld #526
Duewag 1982
171-110-000526-02a

528 M8C
Bielefeld #528
Duewag 1982
currently undergoing modernisation to M8CN
171-110-000528-01

529 M8C
Bielefeld #529
Duewag 1982
171-110-000529-04a

530 M8C
Bielefeld #530
Duewag 1983
2014-08-30-10-34-59a

531 M8C
Bielefeld #531
Duewag 1983
171-110-000531-02

532 M8C
Bielefeld #532
Duewag 1983
171-110-000532-07

533 M8C
Bielefeld #533
Duewag 1983
171-110-000533-04

534 M8C
Bielefeld #534
Duewag 1983
171-110-000534-03

536 M8C
Bielefeld #536
Duewag 1983
stored
171-110-000536-10

537 M8C
Bielefeld #537
Duewag 1983
171-110-000537-07

1038 GT6
Bielefeld GT6 #255 later Bielefeld GT8 #805 (Innsbruck GT6 #38, MKT GT6 #38)
Duewag 1957-63
171-110-000038-09

1042 GT6
Bielefeld #827
Duewag 1957-63 (MPK #4042, TP #42)
now retired and stored at Brus museum depot – sister car TP #47 scrapped
171-110-000042-62a

1071 GT6
Mannheim #423 (Grudziadz #71, TP #71)
Duewag 1964
171-110-000071-34

1072 GT6
Mannheim #425 (Grudziadz #72, TP #72)
Duewag 1964
171-110-000072-15a

1074 GT6
Hagen GT6ZR #70 (Wuerzburg GT6 #270, Grudziadz GT6 #74, TP GT6 #74)
Duewag 1962
recently scrapped – sister 1075′ scrapped after accident (which happened on first day of service with MPK)
171-110-000074-18

1075″ GT6
Bielefeld GT6 #243 later Bielefeld GT8 #843 later Bielefeld GT8 #813 (Innsbruck GT6 #40, MKT GT6 #40)
Duewag 1957-63
sold to scrap man by MKT but swapped with accident victim 1075′ and thus re-activated
171-110-000075-11

1077 GT6ZR
Hagen #78 (Wuerzburg #278, Grudziadz #77, TP #77)
Duewag 1962/63
recently scrapped
171-110-000077-17

1078 GT6ZR
Hagen #81 (Wuerzburg #281, Grudziadz #78, TP #78 but never used in service)
Duewag 1962/63
recently scrapped
171-110-000078-13a

1084 GT8ZR
Hagen GT6ZR #64 (Innsbruck GT8ZR #84 with centre section from Bielefeld GT8 #813, MKT GT8ZR #84)
Duewag 1959/60
first stored but now re-activated for service
171-110-000084-10

1085 GT8ZR
Hagen GT6ZR #65 (Innsbruck GT8ZR #85 with centre section from Bielefeld GT8 #810, MKT GT8ZR #85)
Duewag 1959/60
171-110-000085-23a

1147 GT6
Ludwigshafen #147, MKT #147)
Duewag 1962-67
sister car #123 scrapped
171-110-000147-16a

1512 GT8N
Mannheim-Ludwigshafen GT6 #434 later Ludwigshafen GT6 #146 later Mannheim GT8N #509 later Helsinki GT8N #163
Duewag 1964
lars-richter-1512-lodz-2014-08-29-11-42-19b

1519 GT8N
Mannheim-Ludwigshafen GT6 #366 later Ludwigshafen GT6 #146 later Mannheim GT8N #507 later Helsinki GT8N #165
Duewag 1962
lars-richter-lodz-1519-2014-09-01-10-22-59

1521 GT8N
Mannheim GT6 #429 later Mannheim GT8N #519 later Helsinki GT8N #162
Duewag 1964
most recent addition to the fleet1521 wlokn

1522 GT8N
Mannheim GT6 #354 later Mannheim GT8N #503 later Helsinki GT8N #164
Duewag 1962
most recent addition to the fleet
1522 czment2499 M8CN ex 521 M8C

Bielefeld #521
Duewag 1982
rebuilt by MPK
2499 czerwona

92002 GT6ZR „works car“
Bielefeld #509 (rebuilt in Bielefeld with front ends of GT6 #830 and #839)
Duewag 1960
171-110-092002-02

Re-Opening of „Trasa W-Z“ in Lodz : Travels 2015 (photo review) – Part V

On October 31st the important East-West route was re-opened after two years of complete rebuilding. In the East the line was also extended (to Olechow). MPK celebrated this event with a display of some trams (including many of the historic fleet) on the Friday (30th) and free rides on Saturday/Sunday (without any historic trams). During the first days there were various problems mainly with pantographs getting wrecked by the new overhead wires but also with the power supply. A big feature of the line is a grand new central interchange near Piotrkowska with a very colourful roof. Line 10 runs along the whole length of the W-Z route. All lines going south now use new track in Piotrkowska (this short stretch had been abandoned in the 1950s) with the old way via Zwirki (avoiding the new hub) being kept for emergencies.

1206 wysz

1264 dell

1354 centrum

1448 centrum

1606 olechow

1708 kaliska

1816 wysz

1830 hetm

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2339 centrum

Konstal #2339 has just wrecked its pantograph entering the central interchange and runs into the station using the pantograph of the second car:

2339 centrum 3
Cityrunner #1203 sits (minus pantograph) in the new much smaller Bratislawska loop waiting to be pulled back to depot:

1203 bratysl

Paweł Kaźmierczak took the following images on the Friday:

Lodz – Brus museum depot

At the end of April 2013 the tram club KMST (Klub Miłośników Starych Tramwajów) moved the historic cars from the closed ex MKT depot at Helenowek to the ex TP depot at Brus. Brus is now owned by the city of Lodz and there are hopes to re-open Brus as a proper transport museum in the future. Brus is now open the public on certain open days during the year.

The following cars (listed by type) are now housed at Brus:

 

2N1 workscar 108 (owned by Jerzy Wojtowicz) ex MKT108 ex MPK92026 ex MPK2026 ex MPK218
108

2N1 workscar (training car) 1234 ex MPK234 (owned by MPK)
1234

2N1 work cars 3088 (owned by Tomasz Adamkiewicz) ex MPK
l3088

2N2 workscars 101 (owned by City of Lodz) ex TP101 ex MPK92030 ex MPK2030 ex MPK112
101a

2N2 workscar 92031 (owned by KMST) ex MPK
92031

5N workscar 103 (owned by City of Lodz) ex TP103 ex MPK92001 ex MPK2001 ex MPK330 ex MPK50
103a

5N workscar 109 (owned by KMST) ex MKT ex MPK2008 ex MPK33
109

5N motor 100 (owned by City of Lodz) ex MPK – currently under reconstruction
100a

5N motor 154 (owned by Tomasz Adamkiewicz ex MPK Bydgoszcz 154 ex 448 ex 24) – licensed
154

5N1 motor 4-092 (owned by MPK) ex MPK12092 ex MPK4-092 ex MPK4-047 ex MPK47 ex Bielsko-Biala 35 – currently under reconstruction
100

5ND1 trailer 702 (owned by Tomasz Adamkiewicz) ex MPK
702

803N motor 2 (owned by KMST) ex TP2 ex MPK4-191 ex MPK5-191 ex MPK5-947 ex MPK947 – should be licensed shortly
2

803N(modernised) motor 37 (owned by KMST) ex MKT37 ex MKT42 ex MPK5-172 ex MPK5-925 ex MPK925
37a

Belgijska (Metallurgiques 1910) trailer 371 (owned by KMST) – body only
(1) 171-110-000336-01

Duewag GT6 motor 1042 (owned by MPK)
1042-2013-12-14-12-46-00-IMG_0019

Herbrand VNB-125 motor 11 (owned by KMST) – body only
(1) 171-110-000011-03

Herbrand motor 336 (owned by KMST) – body only
(1) 171-110-000371-01

Sanok motor 17 (owned by Tomasz Adamkiewicz) – licensed
2014-08-30-02-57-45

Four axle flat wagon 38 (owned by MPK)
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J. John Two axle freight wagon „50 (from series 39-42!)“ (owned by MPK)
2012-04-20-12-15-40-IMG_5043

J. John Two axle freight wagon „no. unknown (from series 39-42)“ (owned by Tomasz Adamkiewicz)
car2a

Two axle freight wagon 48 (owned by MPK)
car1

not expected at Brus soon (maybe in the future?)

2N workscar 105 (owned by City of Lodz) ex MKT ex MPK52105 ex MPK2105 – (stored at Helenowk and future unsecure)
l105

5N1 motor 337 (MPK owned) ex MPK100 ex MPK337 – licensed (housed at Chocianowice)
(1) 20130324 131103a

5ND trailer 644 (MPK owned) ex MPK504 ex MPK664 – licensed (housed at Chocianowice)
644

803N motor 21 (owned by City of Lodz) ex MKT21 ex MPK5-959 ex MPK1-959 ex MPK6-959 ex MPK959 – no motors (stored at Helenowek and future unsecure)
(1) 2012-03-30-17-33-41-IMG_1377

Herbrand GE-58/U-107c motor 71 (MPK owned) – licensed (housed at Tramwajowa)
2013-05-11-16-16-58-IMG_0690

Lilpop II motor 48 (MPK owned) – (housed at Tramwajowa)
2012-04-20-10-08-40-IMG_4760

Lilpop III motor 153 (MPK owned) – currently under reconstruction (housed at Tramwajowa)
2011-05-27-09-54-58-IMG_6175

Lilpop III motor 158 (MPK owned) – (housed at Tramwajowa)
0158 2013-12-15-09-38-46-IMG_0353

not part of the active museum fleet is this tram that was overhauled at Telefoniczna and later Brus but is now on display in Konstantynow Lodzkie

2N2 282 (City of Konstantynow owned) ex MPK72012 ex MPK2012 ex MPK282
2014-05-17-09-01-06a

Łódź Interurban Tramways – Part II (The Fleet) – updated JUN-2014

This original posting from 2012 has been updated with a current fleet list (June 2014) only:

(Photo: Pawel Kazmierczak)

Much has happened in Lodz in 2012. We now only have one operator (MPK) and much of the interurban rolling stock has been scrapped. MPK absorbed parts of the MKT and TP fleets (those vehicles not taken over were scrapped or are still in the process of being scrapped – no workscars were taken over but so far all of them survive at Brus and Helenowek depots).

Here you will find the fleet list.

What we have not yet included are the passenger tram carbodies owned by the tram club which still are stored in the open at Helenowek depot. MPK also uses some ex 1950/60s Konstal chassis to transport modern bogies (no details known). Also a couple of ancient 4-wheel freight cars survive at Brus, Helenowek and Chocianowice depots plus a 8-wheel flat waggon at Chocianowice (no fleet numbers known). It is hoped that most if not all will eventually move to the new Brus transport museum which is supposed to be set-up later this year. As we write this Brus depot is closed and almost empty (except for 2 workscars and some equipment owned by the tram club). At Helenowek the scrapping of cars continues. We hear that MPK will now not take over Helenowek depot (which is owned by Lodz city)! Tram club owned no.2 (ex TP) is currently at Helenowek plus some privately owned cars (see list). No. 2 is supposed to move to Chocianowice depot next but eventually will go to the transport museum in Brus. Some of the ex German cars at Telefoniczna are now stored on the grass (i.e. off the track) because of acute shortage of space.

Fleet numbers explained:

The regular fleet has always been issued with a 3 digit car number (e.g. 001-999). In 1985 (except for the historic cars and the ex MKT cars where the lease has been taken over = ex Mannheim and ex BOGESTRA cars) a fourth digit was added to the front of the number denoting the depot:

1 = originally Tramwajowa (until 1986 or 87), now Telefoniczna
2 = originally Dąbrowskiego (until 2011), now Chocianowice
3 = previously used for Chocianowice
4 = Brus (no. dropped when taken over by TP)
5 = Helenowek (no. dropped when taken over by MKT)
6 = Telefoniczna (1986-87 only)

To make things more complicated, most workscars were renumbered (in the 1970s) into the 2000 series (but allocated to any depot) and these cars later (in the 1980s) received another prefix:

1-3 = depots as above
7 = training cars (prefix no longer in use for them today), also some workscars at Tramwajowa carried this prefix
9 = general workscar prefix (permanent way division „Zakład Torów i Sieci“ – but cars can be found at all depots and not just the ZTiS yard opposite old Dąbrowskiego depot).

So far we have not seen if the following cars have been renumbered:
32036, 32102, 32106 and 72012.

805N/Na modernisation explained:

On Wikipedia you find various articles (some only in Polish) that deal with the different versions of these Konstal trams. The original cars (this includes the standard gauge 105N/Na cars) were technically very similar to the Warsaw 13N type which itself was more-or-less a blatant copy of a CKD Tatra T1 car (Warsaw had bought two of those). The T1 is of course based on an American classic: the PCC car. So many of the 105/805 cars still around in Poland today with their original foot controls are really PCC cars. Some cars have been rebuilt with more modern control equipment and starting in 2004 many (let’s concentrate on the 805s here) trams were thoroughly modernised. MPK Lodz has done a lot of their cars and they also did modernisations for other systems: Gdansk, Silesia and Torun. Here is a list of the 805Na ND cars rebuilt in Lodz (only the MPK Lodz fleet is mentioned). Note that during 2005 they left out the cabs in the second trams of the sets (without a cab they are called 805NaD/2). Four sets received different control equipment and are called 805N-Enika (the last two sets now feature a new door layout in the middle giving more space on board: one double door instead of two double doors). It has to be mentioned that MPK Lodz does not (or at least not always) modernise the trams in the original order. A tram going in for modernisation usually comes out bearing a different fleet number! We are not aware of any official re-numbering lists. Sometimes motormen go out in the yard to pick up their tram for the day and they find two sets with the same numbers (the original set and a modernised set bearing the same fleet numbers – the old set will of course soon depart for the Tramwajowa works)…

There are also the following cars in the fleet today with different control equipment in the fleet (one could call them „sort of modernised“ – only the bodywork has not been updated):

805N-ML 264+5, 266+7, 620+1, 936+7
805N Elin 335+6, 368+9, 908+9, 914+5, 916+7, 930+1, 932+3, 934+5, 938+9

We are still working on a list of the surviving non-modernised cars.

Lodz – M8C private hire

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On May 17th we chartered ex Bielefeld M8C #526 from MPK to go on the outer ends of interurban lines 41, ex 43bis (now 9) and 45 (now 16). The day started very wet but the time we reached Konstantynow the sun came out. Here are some images taken during the trip:

Chochianowice depot
2014-05-17-04-42-19b

41 – Pabianice
2014-05-17-12-11-34b

41 – Pabianice loop
2014-05-17-11-55-53c

41 – Pabianice
2014-05-17-11-48-38a

41 – Pabianice
2014-05-17-11-40-16b

41 – Pabianice
2014-05-17-11-39-39

41 – passing Duzy Skret loop
2014-05-17-11-31-13b

41 – Ksawerow
2014-05-17-11-23-49b

43bis – Konstantynow

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43bis – Konstantynow
2014-05-17-02-05-01

43bis – Konstantynow
2014-05-17-01-45-29

43bis – Konstantynow
2014-05-17-01-46-24b

43bis – Brus
2014-05-17-01-25-51

43bis – Brus
2014-05-17-01-18-45

46 – Zdrowie loop
2014-05-17-02-34-52

43bis – Freedom Square
2014-05-17-02-56-21a

43bis – ulica Legionow
2014-05-17-02-50-08d

45 – Zgierz
2014-05-17-03-18-34a

45 – Zgierz
2014-05-17-03-41-14b

45 – Zgierz
2014-05-17-03-39-03

45 – Zgierz loop
2014-05-17-03-29-55b

46 – aleja Politechniki
2014-05-17-04-26-26a

46 – szpital im. WAM
2014-05-17-04-22-56a

46 – ulica Kopernika
2014-05-17-04-20-47

45 – Helenowek
2014-05-17-03-52-17a

45 – Baluty
2014-05-17-03-00-08b

Workscars in Lodz

In this article we are presenting a current overview of the lodz workscar fleet. On overview (with more details) can also be found in our current fleet list (updated for January 2014) which can be downloaded here – this list includes the whole fleet, not just the workscars.

The cars are shown here in numerical order using their original 2XXX MPK workscars numbers

fleet number (operator), owner

103 (TP) City of Lodz originaly 2001
171-110-000103-07

92002 MPK
171-110-092002-02

92003 MPK
(1) 171-110-092003-04

92004 MPK
(1) 171-110-092004-01

109 (MKT) KMST originaly 2008
171-110-000109-06

12011 MPK
171-110-012011-05

92013 MPK
(1) 171-110-092013-02

92025 MPK
(1) 171-110-092025-01

108 (MKT) privately owned (KMST member) originaly 2026
171-110-000108-08a

92027 MPK
(1) 171-110-092027-01

101 (TP) City of Lodz originaly 2030
171-110-000101-09a

92031 (MPK) KMST
171-110-092031-04

92032 MPK
(1) 171-110-092032-01

92033 MPK
(1) 171-110-092033-02

92034 MPK
(1) 171-110-092034-01

12035 MPK
171-110-012035-04

2036 MPK
171-110-002036-02

92037 MPK
(1) 171-110-092037-01

2044 MPK
(1) 171-110-002044-03

12050 MPK
171-110-012050-07

92096 MPK
(1) 171-110-092096-02

22101 MPK
(1) 171-110-022101-02

32102 MPK
171-110-032102-04

22103 MPK
(1) 171-110-022103-03

105 (MKT) City of Lodz originaly 2105
(1) 171-110-000105-04

22106 MPK
171-110-022106-04

12107 MPK
171-110-012107-05a

– (not numbered) MPK
171-110-000050-02

Bielefeld M8C cars in Lodz

MPK Lodz has now started to use the recently purchased Stadtbahn cars from Bielefeld (Germany) in force. They currently run only on lines Z1 and Z2 from Chocianowice depot. Line Z2 also sees (as a rush hour supplement) use of some of the ex Bochum-Gelsenkirchen M6C cars out of Telefoniczna depot.

Here we see the cars at or near the shared northern terminus on Kilińskiego:

0537 2013-12-16-11-02-43-IMG_0989

0537 2013-12-16-10-56-15-IMG_0980

0536 2013-12-16-10-48-35-IMG_0977

0536 2013-12-16-10-43-57-IMG_0964

0536 2013-12-16-10-42-02-IMG_0951

0533 2013-12-16-11-10-39-IMG_0994

0533 2013-12-14-14-34-58-IMG_0139

0532 2013-12-16-11-19-26-IMG_1009

0532 2013-12-14-14-09-06-IMG_0102

0532 2013-12-14-14-07-54-IMG_0089

0526 2013-12-16-11-21-46-IMG_1013

0526 2013-12-16-10-29-34-IMG_0942

0526 2013-12-14-13-58-33-IMG_0033

0522 2013-12-16-10-43-34-IMG_0962

0522 2013-12-16-10-40-31-IMG_0947

0328 2013-12-14-14-42-05-IMG_0187

0316 2013-12-14-15-33-15-IMG_0217

0316 2013-12-14-14-19-20-IMG_0125

0316 2013-12-14-14-18-06-IMG_0117

0328 2013-12-14-15-57-00-IMG_0221

Chojny loop:

0536 2013-12-14-17-32-34-IMG_0242

Chocianowice depot:

0537 2013-12-15-13-27-57-IMG_0828

0534 2013-12-16-12-39-08-IMG_1108

0534 2013-12-15-13-26-02-IMG_0817

0532 2013-12-15-14-15-31-IMG_0911

0532 2013-12-15-13-37-46-IMG_0877

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0531 2013-12-16-13-01-56-IMG_1179

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529 is stored at Tramwajowa works (with a defective chopper):

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All was still well with the only surviving original GT6 Bielefeld car 1042 (ex 4042) on December 14 when I managed to catch it on line 43 at the outer interurban Lutomiersk terminus. Unfortunately, it caught fire during next week (see this link).

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Another Bielefeld connection here: 1038 seen at Polnocna loop. This car started its life as Bielefeld 205 (later to be converted to GT8 in 1966 and renumbered 805 two years later) in 1963, then it went to Innsbruck in 1983 and became a GT6 again numbered 38. MKT Lodz purchased the car in 2009 and ran it still using the same number. When MKT was wound down MPK purchased the car last year and renumbered it to 1038.

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No Bielefeld connection here: 1077 ex TP Lodz ex Grudziadz ex Würzburg ex Hagen in new livery passing through Konstantynow:

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Lodz (115 years of public transport) – part 1

On December 15th MPK Lodz and the tram club KMST celebrated the 115th birthday of public transport with a parade of trams.

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9 trams representing the varied fleet of historic vehicles that MPK, KMST and also privat individual Tomasz Adamkiewicz own ran from Polnocna loop to KINO CHARLIE in Piotrkowska street. Various photo stops on the way and a huge crowd made this a memorable event. Your webmaster specially wanted to ride the two Lilpop cars that MPK owns. These both do not have a track brake and thus no passengers are allowed to ride them anymore (well, I managed to get myself invited onto one of them…). KMST owned 803N tram TP no.2 made its first public run that day. In the afternoon Sanok no. 17 and 803N no.2 took many people from Piotrowska to the new Brus museum (ex TP depot). This museum is still not officially open and there are big plans to convert it into a modern transport museum (with mainly airplanes and trams). Grilled sausages were served and a bonfire kept the public warm. KMST plans to make the 803N tram available for charters and your webmaster will probably take up the offer later in 2014.

Here are some views taken during the event:

We start with PÓŁNOCNA loop, the old interurban terminal just north of downtown (these days it is only used when there is track work going on somewhere and trams need another terminal – the building is a listed monument but is not at all restored). Regular trams used the terminus on this day as well because Telefoniczna depot was not accessible for a few hours due to the reconstruction of a road bridge near the depot.

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The first photo stop was at ŻABIENIEC loop:

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Plac Wolności:

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Lodz (115 years of public transport) – part 2

outside KINO CHARLIE:

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Brus Museum:

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Also at Brus Museum was ex workscar 72012 (ex 2012 ex passenger car 294) of type 2N. This car was restored and on December 20th moved to plac Kościuszki in Konstantynow where it is now a monument. The car has no motors.

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A few more images taken around that weekend (Chocianowice depot and outside Tramwajowa workshops):

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