Gdynia [PL] - EU project to assist the acquisition of 30 new trolleys
J. Lehmann - 06.11.17
On 22 September 2017, the City of Gdynia published a tender for the procurement of 30 new trolleybuses as well the retrofitting of 21 older vehicles with traction batteries. The acquisition of the new low-floor vehicles is to take place in two stages, with the initial delivery of 14 single units followed by 16 articulated trolleys. The entire project is being supported by EU funding.
The series 3087-3092, which was procured in 2015/16 will be retrofitted with plug-in sockets, so as to aid battery recharging. As of December 2016, these vehicles have been used on the new trolleybus line 29. This route has been extended by 1 km to better serve the residential district Fikakowo. The extension was made without the use of overhead power lines and features 3 stops along challenging topographic terrain. The terminus does feature a battery re-charging point, although typically it is not used. On the way back, the trolleybuses complete another 2 km in battery mode, before finally re-wiring at Racławicka.
In related news, Solaris recently presented a new articulated trolleybus for Riga at the trade fair TRAKO in Gdansk. This trolley has been fitted with fuel cells for range extension, allowing it to travel up to 100 km off wire. Prior to the presentation of the fuel cell demonstrator in nearby Gdansk, the trolley completed trials on the Gdynia trolleybus network.
The two stops Źródło Marii and Buraczana are both located along the major Chwaszczyńska road, which is served by line 29 with trolleybuses running in battery mode until rewiring at Racławicka. In the top photo, trolley 3087 has the pan down, while in the bottom photo unit 3089 is in the process of connecting back to the catenary. Photos: J. Lehmann, 15.6.2017
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