The Combino is a low floor tram produced by Siemens Transportation Systems (formerly Duewag).
The first prototype was produced in 1996 at the Duewag works in Düsseldorf, however the trams are currently made in Krefeld-Uerdingen.
Because of its modular design, the Combino was one of the most successful tram types for a while.
Combino Supra Budapest
NF12B tram in Budapest
The current Combino model (Combino MkI) will be no longer produced. For the cities which have already ordered Combinos, such as Budapest and Almada (Portugal), Siemens will provide trams based on an older ADtranz design, under the new name Combino Supra. The new Combinos will have thin stainless steel rather than aluminium carbodies. Siemens now also wants to sell the Viennese ULF, another 100%-low-floor model, to other cities. The first two Combino Supras were delivered March 14, 2006 to Budapest.
There has been problems with the overhead power cables, because the new Combino required new and heavier wires, resulting in malfunctions, such as wire or collector breakage in the old trams, which are gradually replaced by the Combinos.
At the same time the door mechanism of the Combinos suffered malfunctions, resulting in a recall of all Budapest Combino trams by Siemens.
For a more information about Combino_Trams see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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These trams received a very mixed reception in Budapest.
They quickly acquired the nickname 'Giant Caterpillar' and while many of the population like to see the 'city fathers' keep the city and it's infrastructure up to date, the preparations, like renewing the wiring and rails badly disrupted the busiest thoroughfares for a long periods of time.
The new trams also have a lot of problems of breaking down or damaging the infrastructures as mentioned before by Wikipedia.
The 'Buds' running or responsible for the trams and other mass transportation in the city trying to minimise the interruptions, but there are regular complaints in and by the local media.
Hui Chin and I regularly used them while we were in Budapest and while I personally think the interior design could be improved for such a over patronised service as this one, it is modern and looks modern and we liked it, and helps my pride in 'my city'.
As they say you have to make some sacrifices for the sake of progress sometimes, but than again the old trams served the city well for many years without any problems.
Well, you all know how much I like trains, hmm, I'm sorry trams, yes we are at a trams page, sorry.
You didn't know? My humble apologies.
I do like trams, but guess what?
I taken many, many pix of this nice new trams chugging along on the streets of Budapest, my heart was thumping, because, I have seen some of these nice new trams all over Europe, now I could see it, ride it and photograph it in my own town.
Well, the many, many photos I took only 2 turned out and they weren't even the best ones.
So I sent an urgent email to my brother, who enjoys the luxury of being a resident of my home town, to fill up my page, so thanks Endre, Bless you.
Oh, nearly forgot, the bottom 3 are my pictures. Huh, huh, What? Erwin's revenge, huh, huh, huh.
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