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Berlin: Most Elegant Tram of All Time to be Put in Service

Which city has the sleekest, prettiest and most modern tram in the universe? We do not know. But soon, in late 2022, the answer to the same question will be Berlin. The trams the city state ordered look gorgeous.

Berlin, July 30th, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) — Berlin features lots of elegant boulevards, streets and buildings. Soon, the city will have a moving piece of art which will bring its overall picture to perfection. People will not be able to take their eyes off these objects several of which will be moving through Berlin all day long.

Sexy and Futuristic

Bombardier builds stunningly beautiful business jets. It’s division Bombardier Transportation basically manufactures similar products which look just as sexy as those jets, but without wings or tails. Trams are not supposed to take off. Their mission, if they choose to accept it, is to move passengers on the ground. Another task they obviously have is to look sexy and futuristic.

The interior may seem familiar to Berliners. But there is more room. Photo: BVG/Andreas Süß

The first sample of the new generation of trams Berlin’s main public transport provider BVG ordered was just delivered. It is a wooden mockup, meaning it was not made to move, but to mesmerize BVG managers, tram drivers, passengers and journalists, which it does very successfully. What a sight! Remember those drawings on the covers of 1960s science fiction novels? They are coming alive. In Berlin. The future is finally here. Well, we waited for it long enough, didn’t we?

Before takeoff, the driver needs to sit down and fasten his seatbelt. Photo: BVG/Andreas Süß

No Expense Spared

For the BVG, board member Rolf Erfurt stated the new tram for Berlin was “finally graspable”. Apart from the design, the new model’s technology was modern and reliable. According to Erfurt, the trams are safe and comfortable too. “I am sure our passengers will be just as excited as we are.” The man is right. There is absolutely no negative aspect about these new Bombardier airplanes without wings, except for their price tag.

The wooden mockup does not move, but the real thing will. Photo: BVG/Andreas Süß

One thing is certain: The BVG spared no expense. Soon, the state-owned company will have to send a rather large wire transfer in the amount of 350 million Euro (416 million U.S. Dollars or 298 million Pounds Sterling) to Bombardier Transportation. Good things cost money, especially when you want as many as 117 trams. And no, they will not be delivered all at once.

Do you want an aisle or window seat? Well, have both. Photo: BVG/Andreas Süß

The Lost Ark

The BVG will receive those trams in two versions. Some will be 30 meters (98 feet) long and consist of five modules, others are 50 meters (164 feet) long. The extra long ones have nine modules. Wow! These things are so long they can probably stop at two tram stops at once. All of them will wriggle through Berlin, like those snakes in ‘Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark’. Except those were in Egypt. The first elegant, new trams are expected to be put in service in late 2022.

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