Thursday, 4 August 2016

Lisbon Trams

Remodelado trams 562 and 543 passing each other on route 25 in the Praca do Comercio
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, and is famous for its hilly switchback tram system operated mostly by small 4-wheel trams run by Carris (Companhia Carris de Ferro de Lisboa) the Lisbon Tramways Company. Until the 1990s the system operated a diverse fleet of elderly trams including 4-wheelers, bogie cars and also trams with trailers. In 1995 ten modern three-section articulated trams were purchased from Siemens for the coastal route 15 to Alges, replacing the elderly bogie cars that were formerly used on this service. The remainder of the present day fleet is mostly comprised of 45 four-wheel 'Remodelado' trams, which began to be introduced in 1995, and are basically original 1930s 4-wheel tram bodies rebuilt and equipped with new trucks and electrical equipment, they are also single-ended and are fitted with both pantographs and trolley-poles, the poles being for use on the narrow, hilly routes. The standard fleet livery is yellow and white, although currently the majority of the trams are covered with adverts, there are also several dedicated 4-wheel tourist trams painted in a variety of colour schemes. The current system is comprised of five tram routes, the 12, 15, 18, 25 & 28.

Remodelado tram 578 on route 18 at Belem, closely followed by route 15 articulated car 509
Remodelado tram 551 on route 28, making the descent into the city through the hilly Alfama district

Remodelado tram 568 in standard fleet livery on route 15 at Belem, heading back towards the city
Route 12 Remodelado 564 and tour tram 735 pass each other in front of Lisbon Cathedral

Siemens articulated car 508 entering the Praca do Comercio on route 15 to Alges

Tour car 5 waiting at the tourist tram stop in the Praca do Comercio

Museum car 1 which is used to transport visitors around the Carris Tramway Museum

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