GERMANY: Schöneicher–Rüdersdorf Strassenbahn has awarded Modertrans a contract to supply three low-floor trams for use on Route 87, which connects Berlin-Rahnsdorf S-Bahn station with Woltersdorf, just outside Berlin. The 5·6 km standard gauge line is currently operated using 60-year old Gotha vehicles.
The new low-floor trams will meet current accessibility standards, removing the need to provide alternative travel arrangements for wheelchair users.
The Moderus Gamma LF 10 AC BD low-floor trams will a development of the Gamma LF 05 AC cars in service in Poznań.
The 15 m long, 2 400 mm wide single-section bidirectional trams will have a capacity of 76 passengers, including 22 seated, with a dynamic passenger information system and LED lighting. They will have 650 mm wide doors at each end and a 1 300 mm central door.
They will have four 50 kW motors and a maximum speed of 70 km/h. Battery packs charged using regenerating braking energy will enable the trams to operate for short distances in the event of a power cut.
A financing agreement for the order was announced by on February 17, with the Oder-Spree district authority providing SRS with a €3·7m grant and the municipality of Woltersdorf contributing a further €300 000.
The trams are due to be delivered in the second half of 2023, and there is an option for SRS to order a fourth vehicle.