"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
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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
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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: