Old 04-09-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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Question Photos of Tatra T6C5 in New Orleans?

Some time ago, I've read quite interesting story of ČKD Tatra T6C5. There was only one car of that type built as a demontstrator for US streetcar operators. After initial trials in Prague, it got trolley poles in addition to pantograph and got standard gauge bogies exchanged for 1588mm ones and it was shipped to New Orleans. It arrived in September of 1998 and was put into operation nearly a year after that, in June 1999. The original articles say that operation were successful until RTA (New Orleans streetcar operator) found out about about ČKD's financial difficulties. The operator then lost interest in this type of cars and returned the car to manufacturer in 2001. The manufacturer went defunct by the time, it was acquired by government and tranportation part of holding was re-selled to Siemens. In Prague, it got back pantograph and standard gauge bogies. In 2003, the car was acquired by Strausberger Eisenbahn of Germany. It's paint was changed from T6 series standard red-white-grey-dark grey scheme to Strausberg's red-white-blue in Prague before some pre-shipping trial runs.

It's trials in Prague and operation is Strausberg are quite well documented. Pictures from Prague trial and presentation rides are in gallery of this Czech article:
http://www.prazsketramvaje.cz/view.p...nku=2006041246
and photos from Strausberg can be seen in various sites, like these German ones:
http://www.strassenbahnen-online.de/tatra/t6c5/fotos/ (operation shortly after arrival to Strausberg)
http://www.trampicturebook.de/tram/g...ausbe/t6c5.htm (some yard photos)

There are however very few photos of it's american operations on the Internet. I could find only two - one of them is the second one in right column next to Czech article linked above (or slightly larger here) and another one is slide sold through Ebay (I'm attaching so it doesn't vanish with its auction).

Do you know about any other photos of this car in New Orleans or about somebody who could shoot it in 1998-2001?
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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Do you know about any other photos of this car in New Orleans or about somebody who could shoot it in 1998-2001?
My father was visiting New Orleans around that time and, if memory serves, snapped a photo or two of the Tatra demonstrator. I will see if I can dig out those photos and post them.
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:05 AM   #3
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Here are the two photos. They're not great, but...

Interior: http://transit.nerail.org/showpic/?p...2257445922.jpg
Exterior: http://transit.nerail.org/showpic/?p...2302136134.jpg

I have higher-res versions of these as well. Hope this helps!

EDIT: There are also several photos of the demonstrator (not mine, but much better quality!) on nycsubway.org:
http://world.nycsubway.org/perl/show?13333
http://world.nycsubway.org/perl/show?13332
http://world.nycsubway.org/perl/show?13335
http://world.nycsubway.org/perl/show?13334
http://world.nycsubway.org/perl/show?13342

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Old 04-15-2009, 09:03 AM   #4
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Thanks! It helped a lot.
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