The introduction of the TW6000 in Budapest
... that is a few pictures taken at the press conference and some personal thoughts
I don't think it's easy for someone from another country
to understand what was going on with these trams.
I didn't pay attention, so I cannot tell you which hannoverian car this was, but as you can see, it didn't had a registration number at that time - it was just taken in use to start the test runs at the test field of the BKV a few days ago. The car rolled in, opened the doors and the attendants could climb in.
Climbing is the right word: these are no low-floor city-runner trams, they're more like LRT.
The interior space was left just like it was: no hungarian signs or anything. (Remember: this was a public test run on a private test track!)
This kind of design is new to Budapest trams: no carpeted seats, no wooden parts...
The door with the steps sinked to low-perron usage.
The inside of the doors have kept the green color used in Hannover.
The driver's cab. Although this construction is more than 25 years old, it is the most ergonomic one in Hungary...
After we had time to take photos, one of the two trams did two rounds on the test track. It was fun to be among the first people riding with this model in Hungary :-) The test runs were well on their way from that point on, and the series was given the 1500 numbering regime (that is 1500-1575 after a few more were purchased). This is the third tram series with these numbers: the first were the BKVT/BVKV "F"-series in 1896 and the second the BSZKRT "F1A" series from 1938 til 1984. The inhabitants of Budapest gave different nicknames to the TW6000: "Hannoverian", "Camel" (TW is pronounced "teh weh" in hungarian, which means camel) and "Banana" (because it was green, then it turned to yellow - and it bends like a banana, too).
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