The new home of the XXL-Combinos
Remise Hungária under re-construction
I'd like to say thanks to the BKV for the visit!
I wanted to see what the future home of the new, 54-meter Combinos will look like, but before I could've asked for a photo permission, the BKV (the Budapest Transit Company) asked me if I'd like to see it. Like... wow!
The tram depot Hungária is located near route 1/1A, and is connected to the network via these tracks in narrow Sport utca, between two old football (soccer) stadiums. The one on the right-hand-side was the shooting location of the key scenes of the 1981 WW2-movie "Escape to Victory" with Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Pelé.
But back to trams: number 2003 has just arrived a few days ago.
The depot will be rebuilt to house the 40 Siemens "Combino Supra" trams of the Grand Boulevard routes 4 and 6.
Parts of this conversion were already complete...
.. . like this inspection hall.
Yes, that's just one tram!
The cockpit of the new trams was kept similar to earlier types used in Budapest.
I don't think any of these cars would see service on route 2, but the passenger information system knows that route, too.
Beneath the world's longest tramcar.
A truck seen from below.
The trucks will be aligned in curves by passive hydraulics.
Okay, now let's take a look above!
As for the time being, only the driver's cabs will be air-conditioned.
One of the rooftop containers of the traction electronics.
The car has two Einholm-type current collectors like this.
The exit tracks of the carwash.
The workshop of the depot was already modernised, the tracks and other buildings will be renovated/replaced soon.
The workshop is where the hidraulic jack is located.
The storage halls will be also rebuilt. This one will house the underfloor turn-bench for turning the wheels. At the very back you can make out snow-sweeper number 7117.
These tracks will be replaced, too, which is a bit of a pity, because it looked rather exotic with its classic layout! :)
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