Travels 2019 – Part IX

Many of the VDVA members just joined us for the main part of this fall (autumn) tour: Lviv. But we had more to offer for those who are interested in trolleybuses! 4 systems in the region nearby were thus explored. We rented a large van for this (from/to Lviv). Trains could have been used but Read More

Travels 2019 – Part VIII

Most of the VDVA members joined us in Lviv. We visited both tram depots (the company has asked us not to show unsuitable photos of depot no.2 as this facility is still under reconstruction and is used to store all the retired & rusting equipment) and the trolleybus depot. Our members were able to ride Read More

Travels 2019 – Part VII

Rivne was the starting point for the final 2019 VDVA tour (Lviv was the main target for this trip and only a small number of VDVA members made it to Rivne). The last system in the world that runs Skoda 9Trs in numbers. They will probably not last forever, even there. We did of course Read More

Travels 2019 – Part VI

Another day-trip by train from Kiev took us to Konotop. The first T3As from Riga have arrived there (with more to follow) and we thus opted for another KTM-5 charter. After a brief close down of the system in 2018 this tramway now seems save for the future. Quite a dull day weather-wise but then Read More

Travels 2019 – Part V

Another visit to Ukraine. We started with a day-trip to Vinnytsia by train from Kiev. This time we had hoped to charter the historic T4SU but it was not available and we thus used on of the few KT4SUs that are still in service during the week. Next time we will try the T4SU again Read More

Travels 2019 – Part IV

VDVA trip to Budapest Budapest charters (June) Budapest trams and trolleybuses (June) Budapest metro depots M1 & M2 (June) – includes two Ganz trams that are being refurbished in the M2 depot Budapest tram depots (June) Budapest rack tramway depot (June) Budapest trolleybus depot (June) Budapest HEV suburban railway (June) – includes visits to Rackeve Read More

Travels 2019 – Part III

In May I ran the www.vdva.de trip to Portugal. I had been to all these places before but wanted to attend the annual parade in Porto. Here are some pics from this trip. Porto Museum & Parade – May Porto tram charters and regular service – May Porto metro (including depot visit) – May Lisbon Read More

Travels 2019 – Part II

Brussels (BE) – 150 years of tramways with big parade – May Read More

Travels 2019 – Part I

Plenty of systems to visit this year in at least 6 countries but we started the tram season early with a “local” visit. Heinschenwalde – January (three ex Bremerhaven trams waiting for the scrap man – ex Wehmingen museum) Lodz – a fond farewell to line 43 (and more) – March Aarhus – March (including Read More

"Helmuts" in Lodz (Update 2019)

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 Read More

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