Downtown Trolley, Inc.
2015 Chadbourne Avenue
Madison, WI 53726
Phone 608-233-1999
Email info@downtowntrolley.org
Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Equipment : Union Streetcar/Skoda T10
Union Streetcar in Clackamas,OR built 21st Century streetcars for several years, 2007-2014. The design was developed by Skoda-Inekon in Plzen, in the Czech Republic. Oregon Iron Works purchased rights to produce the cars in the United States, and set up a subsidiarity, Union Streetcar, to produce them. The car, designated the T10 by Skoda, 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.

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 Since United Streetcars began constructing the cars, the design evolved. United Streetcars constructed and delivered 18 cars to Portland, OR, Tucson, AZ, and Washington DC before it closed

Schematic drawing of Skoda T10/Union 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.


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


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