Riga Workscars

The Riga tramway has a large fleet of non-passenger cars. The fleet is currently numbered in the 880xx series. Unlike the passenger fleet, the fleet numbers shown on the trams are the real numbers (on the passenger cars the first digit of the fleet number indicates the depot and the last digit is just a computer check number – hyphens after the depot number are no longer in use).

I have listed the workscar fleet going by the original number (which until 2010/2011) was mostly in the 4xx range (with some 3xx cars) – ignoring the leading depot number which did not come into fashion until the 1980s. In some cases the fleet numbers have been used multiple times for different vehicles. In recent years the workscars were rebuilt from passengers cars that were often involved in heavy accidents.

I have a few older images in my collection which I have included here, the fleet list is unfortunately not complete. I’ll add more data and photos if and when this becomes available.

Current fleet

301 / 88020 Water Car (ex passenger car 4-1013 ex 3-1013)
http://phototrans.de/14,495758,0,Tatra_T3SU_88020.html

302 / 88021 Water car (ex passenger car 3-1002 ex 1002)
153-030-088021-01a 2

303 / 88022 Water Car (ex passenger car 3-1025)
153-030-088022-05 2

401 / 88001 Grinder (ex passenger car 3-1040)
153-030-088001-02 2

402 / 88002 Grinder
153-030-000402-01 2

403 / – >>> sold to Daugavpils (403) Grinder
2014-10-21-10-55-12b 2

404 / 88004 Grinder
88004 2

405 / 88005 Snow Sweeper
153-030-088005-01 2

406 / 88006 Snow Sweeper
153-030-088006-02 2

407 / 88007 Snow Sweeper
88007 2

408 / 88008 Snow Sweeper
88008 2

409 / 88009 Snow Sweeper
153-030-088009-01 2

410 / – >>> see “previous workscars” (further down)

411 / 88011 Snow Sweeper (sitting with rusty and empty new body in depot no.3)
88011 berdn feimann
Photo: Bernd Freimann

412 / 88012 Snow Sweeper
153-030-088012-02 2

413 / 88013 Snow Sweeper
153-030-088013-01 2

414 / 88014 Snow Sweeper
153-030-088014-01 2

415 / – >>> see “previous workscars” (further down)

416 / 88016 Crane Car (ex passenger car 3-1008/1008)
153-030-088016-01 2

417 / – >>> see “previous workscars” (further down)

418 / not numbered Water Car (trailer)
418 2

419 (no details known – may not have existed)

420 / – >>> see 301 / 88020

421 / – >>> see 302 / 88021

422 / – >>> see 303 / 88022

423 / 88023 Water Car (ex passenger car 3-212-3 ex 3-222)
153-030-088023-01 2

424 / 88027 Track Gang Car (ex 5-424 ex passenger car 1044)

425 / 88025 Track Gang Car (ex 3-425 ex passenger car 5-1071)
153-030-088025-01 2

426 / 88026 Track gang Car (ex 4-426 passenger car 5-1184)
153-030-088026-01 2

427 / – >>>  see 424 / 88027
http://transphoto.ru/vehicle/195679/

428 / 88028 Track Gang Car (ex passenger car 3-211-2 ex 3-221)
153-030-088028-01 2

429 / – >>> see “previous workscars” (further down)

430 / – Track Gang Car/Transporter Car (ex passenger car 3-1122)
153-030-088030-03 2

431 (no details known – may not have existed)

– / 88032 Training Car (ex passenger car 5-2146 ex 5-1146)
153-030-088032-01a 2

– / 88033 Crane Car (ex passenger car 3-215-6 ex 229)
88033 2

other workscars (probably all have an inventory number – noted it where known)

Mobile Substation (has not moved in years!)
153-030-CAR-0004 2

Tower Car (trailer)
153-030-CAR-0003 2

Snow Plow (trailer) -?-
2014-10-17-10-35-18a 2

Diesel Shunter 48-1855 = Zwiehoff Zagro (built 2010)
48-1855 2

Rail Bending Machine (trailer) 48-0014
48-0014 2

future workscars (new numbers not yet known)

Water Car (using passenger car 3-225-4)
2014-10-17-10-18-16 2

this is probably the tank that goes on the new Water Car
2014-10-17-10-15-20b 2

Track Gang Car -?-
2014-10-17-10-17-00 2

previous workscars (includes all cars where information and/or photos can be found on the internet)

111 / –
http://forum.myriga.info/index.php?act=attach&type=post&id=20017

303 / –
http://riga.mashke.org/Riga-Tram/RM-67/301/303_1987_05_20_xx_01.jpg

311 / – Water Car
http://forum.myriga.info/index.php?s=cd23472b29d27b257003959511d9bd85&act=Attach&type=post&id=46101

408 / – Snow Sweeper
http://ymtram.mashke.org/latvia/riga/photos/riga19042vw.jpg

410 / –
http://spi3uk.itvnet.lv/upload/articles/20/204411/images/_origin_Nostalgija–28.jpg

411 / 88011 Snow Sweeper – showing the previous body
http://phototrans.de/15,201253,389.html

415 / – Water Car
http://forum.myriga.info/index.php?s=cd23472b29d27b257003959511d9bd85&act=Attach&type=post&id=46099

416 / – Transporter Car
416 2

417 / – Water Car
http://forum.myriga.info/index.php?s=cd23472b29d27b257003959511d9bd85&act=Attach&type=post&id=46098

418 / – Water Car

420 / – Dust Cleaner (RM-67)

421 / –
http://web1591.fge1.5hosting.com/lfr-wp1/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/c5635-epson305.jpg

422 / – Water Car (RM-67)
153-030-000422-01 2

423 / – (T3 ex passenger car 3-1039)

428 / – (RM-62 or 68)
http://ymtram.mashke.org/latvia/riga/photos/riga19020.jpg

429 / – (RM-67)

430 / – (ex passenger car 121)

450 / –
http://ymtram.mashke.org/latvia/riga/photos/riga19040vw.jpg

1002 / – Training Car (T3)

1146 / – Training Car (T3)

Istanbul impressions

A short trip to Istanbul allowed me to ride all of the lines (tram, metro, tünel, metrobüs, ferries, Marmaray etc.). Photography is difficult as it is not allowed in the stations and there is a lot of security. I had no problems away from the stops but some of the lines offer very few photo opportunities as there is a lot of reserved track (heavily fenced in). Changing from line to another at the main interchanges is often arduous (long to very long walks, many steps or escalators and nearly always one has to pay another fare – there is no day ticket but the electronic Istanbul card offers a huge discount on single fares and is available on all services).

Here are some links to maps (past and present):

old tram lines (together with current lines)

todays system (with metro lines)

Istanbul Ulasim tram line T1 – services now seem to be exclusively Bombardier and new Alstom cars

745

728

717

727

711

819

816

803

Istanbul Ulasim tram line T3 (though the cars carry route “20”) – Gotha and RAW Schöneweide (type “REKO”) cars are used ex Germany (no REKO car was seen in service during my visit)

205a Kopie

205-x

reko

moda-20

208

205

202

202a

205interior

Istanbul Ulasim tram T4 (really a light rail line but it does run on the street a lot between high fences) – service is operated mainly by the new 300 class Rotem cars plus ex Cologne B type Stadtbahn cars (also seen were two trains made-up of the original T1/M1 high floor cars built by ABB; one of them included a prototype Turkish car no.RTE2000; the other prototype no.RTE2009 was absent)

568a Kopie

237 Kopie

658

2000

325

306

204

IETT tram line T5 (no router number is shown) – this line runs between Taksim Square and the Upper station of the Tünel funicular and was re-introduced in 1990 as a tourist attraction

223b Kopie

47a Kopie

depot Kopie

iett

410

47

223

haltestelle

Istambul Ulasim Metro Line M1

520

507 Kopie

504 Kopie

IETT Tünel (route “T”)

tünel-neu

TCDD Marmaray (electric suburban using the new tunnel under the Sea of Marmara) at Sirkeci station (the station is now closed but the nearby depot is used for the new Marmaray fleet) and the current Asian terminus of Ayrılıkçeşme

32003

32016 Kopie

Rahmi M. Koc museum (this has 3 trams on display and also a carriage of the original Tünel line – plus a London Routemaster and many other exhibits that I did not bother to photograph…)

tünel-alt

tünel-alt-a

rm1282

23

14

pferdebahn

303

other impressions

TCDD Haydarapasa station (on the Asian side) – when the Marmaray lines are finished (at the moment only a short stretch in the middle including the new tunnel is in operation) this station is also to close. The last image shows two TCDD railway ferries (Demiryolu III and I) moored there.

hayderapasa

hayderapasa-a Kopie

hayderapasa-b

demiryolu-3and1 Kopie

Ferries (4 different operators run an extensive fleet connecting all parts of Istanbul that have access to the water) – this is the boat “Besiktas I” of the SEHIR HATLARİ company

besiktas-I

besiktas-Ia Kopie