Photo: Valeriy Kozlov

KAZAKHSTAN: Tram operations in Öskemen were suspended on March 12, after debts accumulated by operator Takhami Put led to a limiting of the traction electricity supply.

The 16·5 km, 1 524 mm gauge network dating from 1959 operated four routes. The fleet consisted of 31 Type 71-605 trams produced by UKVZ in 1977-86 and one LM-99K tram purchased from PTMZ in 2001. The rolling stock is likely to be sold in order to help repay the operator’s debts.