Moderus Beta single-section tram for Tramwaje Śląskie

More short trams in Polish cities

The single-section low-floor tram developed by Modertrans Poznań is becoming more popular among the public transport operators in Poland. Four short vehicles run on the streets of Elbląg. In March this type of trams will be delivered to Katowice, the centre of the Silesian Metropolitan Area.

Tramwaje Elbląskie, the municipal transport company in the city of Elbląg, is operating four single-section Moderus Beta (MF 09 AC) trams since 10 February. Modertrans Poznań is committed to supplying the fifth unit until the end of October 2021.

At the same time, another Polish public transport company Tramwaje Śląskie is preparing to receive this type of tram in March. On the weekend, Modertrans Poznań unveiled the first ready vehicle for Katowice. It will be tested in the city of Poznań for several weeks and, afterwards, will be transported to the Silesian Metropolitan Area. According to the deal signed in 2018, Modertrans Poznań will produce 10 single-section Moderus Beta trams for Tramwaje Śląskie, two of them will be bi-directional. The order includes an option for five more single-section trams.

Trams of Modertrans Poznań

Modertrans Poznań had finished the assembly of the first single-section Moderus Beta tram in November 2019. After that, the vehicles have been testing on the city routes of Łódź. Each vehicle has 14.5 metres long and a total capacity for carrying over 90 passengers.

Earlier, Modertrans Poznań produced only the three-section Moderus Beta trams. Now, they are running on the streets of Poznań, Szczecin, Wrocław and the Silesian Metropolitan Area. Moreover, the Polish company is manufacturing another type of trams – Moderus Gamma (three- or five-section). These vehicles are being served only the city routes in Poznań.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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