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2024-06-05 16:12:59

News 2024.05 - ForCity Smart Tampere

Tampereen ratikka!

The Tampere tramway, originally Tampereen ratikka, was put into operation in August 2021. Two tram lines with a total length of 16 km and 24 stops are served and trains run every 7 ½ minutes. After a long planning period, construction of the standard-gauge lines began in 2016. This will be Finland's first standard-gauge tramway system.




The lines are designed for a maximum speed of 70 km/h and the contact wire voltage is 750 volts direct current. As with most of the newer tram networks, bidirectional carriages are used for flexible operation, and some of the end points have reversing tracks, but no turning loops.

The eight-axle, low-floor bidirectional ForCity Smart Artic X34 trams are three-part articulated trams with four bogies, the end sections are semi-mounted on the centre body. They are built by Transtech, a subsidiary of Škoda Transportation. The design of the tram and the colour of the car were announced in October 2018; the brick red was chosen by public vote. The "nicknames" of the cars or the many different artistic designs of the vehicles already in use were also chosen by majority vote.

It is a great honour for the small Viennese model railway manufacturer HALLING Modelle to be able to realise the very successful prototype in a model! The models of the ForCity Smart Artic X34 are hardly inferior to the large prototype in terms of driving comfort and technical equipment. They feature a detailed roof and interior design with exemplary seat occupancy.

The elaborate printing of the models was carried out at the customer's request in high-quality and labour-intensive metallic paint. The model can be individualised using the number and destination plate decals supplied.

The powered models are equipped with an NEM652 interface. Any commercially available NEM652-compatible decoder is suitable for digitisation; we recommend the MX600R from ZIMO.

For subsequent motorisation of static model HALLING Modelle offers simple bogie drives for clipping in (ANT-ALX-210-H0) or fully wired motorisation sets with two drive units (ANT-TAM-H0) for more demanding routes.

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