In this report modern tram-cars from 13 different transport companies are studied. These companies are situated in the Netherlands, West Germany, Finland and Switzerland. Some trials have been undertaken to standardize the fleet of trams. The following conclusions could be drawn: (1) length of vehicle. Most modern trams are made with six or eight axles. (2) speed control. The trams are usually equipped with an electronic system which controls the acceleration and the deceleration of the vehicles. (3) monomotor bogies. The static adhesive weight is better utilized, and, when the problem with the transmission is solved, almost all trams are equipped with longitudinal motors which operate the two axles. (4) one-man-service or as in Basel and Zurich, self-service is introduced in most transport companies. (5) because of the vandalism some tram companies use only single trams. (6) feed-back. Only one of the trams studied is able to feed braking energy back to the overhead contact system. (7) variable floor height. Two of the transport companies have trams which have a variable floor height.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Linkoepings Tekniska Hoegskola

    Institutionen foer Konstruktions- och Produktionsteknik
    Linkoeping,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Kloow, L
  • Publication Date: 1979-5-28


  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 231 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00315150
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: LITH-IKP-R-132 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM