Downtown Trolley, Inc.
2015 Chadbourne Avenue
Madison, WI 53726
Phone 608-233-1999
Email info@downtowntrolley.org
Sun, Dec 17, 2017
Equipment : Union Streetcar/Skoda T10
Skoda T10
The Skoda T10 is a three-secton bi-directional tram developed by Skoda Transportation in Plzen, Czech Republic. The car is designed to fit the scale and traffic patterns of urban neighborhoods. The cars are 2.46 meters (about 8 feet) wide, and 20 meters (about 66 feet) long. The center section of the car is a "low floor design," which allows for fast loading/unloading and easy access for persons with physical handicaps. Skoda, in a joint venture with Inekon Group, produced 10 trams in 2000-2002, with 7 going to Portland, OR, and 3 to Tacoma, WA.
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The first cars were delivered to Portland, and contain 41 seats, and provide space for two wheelchairs (see diagram of floor plan below). It is designed for a maximum load of 134 persons. There are 6 doors (3 on each side), and six windows per side. The top speed is 31 mph. The cars have both air-conditioning and heating equipment. The propulsion and braking systems are state of the art. For more information, go to:

http://www.lightrail.com/photos/portland/portlandstreetcar/portlandstreetcar.htm

Oregon Iron Works purchased rights to produce the cars in the United States in 2006, and set up a subsidiary, United Streetcar, to produce them. Since United Streetcars began constructing the cars, the design has evolved. United Streetcar constructed and delivered 18 cars to Portland, OR, Tucson, AZ, and Washington DC. United Streetcar closed in 2015. For more information, go to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Streetcar

Schematic drawing of Skoda T10/United Streetcar.


photo of Skoda car
Portland Streetcar 005 operating on the Portland State University campus.


Union Streetcar operating on the H line in Washington, DC. The car is boarding passengers at a curbside stop. Photo by John DeLamater.


Sun Link streetcar, built by Union Streetcars, operating in Tuscon, AZ


photo of Skoda car
Sound Transit car operating in Tacoma, WA.