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Valparaiso [CL] - Continuous Refurbishment of the fleet

K. Budach - 10.12.12


The workshop of the company has once again started the complete overhaul of vehicles in the fleet of elderly trolleybuses which still includes 13 of the US-built Pullman standard, of which 6 are mostly in original condition as supplied to Valparaíso and nearby capital city of Santiago some 60 years ago. The ones in un-rebuilt condition are numbered 709, 714, 715, 721, 723 (built in 1952) and 814 (built in 1947, ex Santiago). The current fleet is completed by some Chinese vehicles and a number of second hand trolleys acquired in Switzerland in the early 1990s.

Fleetlist:

Operational:

099 - Berna-SWS-R & J-SAAS Typ 4GTP-A, Built 1965 ex Genf 607
105 - FBW-SWS-MFO 51 GTr, Built 1959 ex Zürich 105
116 - Pullman Standard/GE 'Tr100' Built 1947, ex Santiago 116, rebuilt in 1989, previously Santiago 820
203 - Berna-SWP-R & J-BBC 4TP-A, Built 1966 ex Schaffhausen 203
603 - Norinco/Shenfeng SYD-60C, Built 1990 ex Santiago 603
617 - Berna-SWS-R & J-SAAS Typ 4GTP-A, Built 1965 ex Genf 617
709 - Pullman Standard/GE TC-48, Built 1952
721 - Pullman Standard/GE TC-48, Built 1952
723 - Pullman Standard/GE TC-48, Built 1952
801 - Pullman Standard/GE 43-CX, Built 1947 ex Santiago 801
802 - Pullman Standard/GE 43-CX, Built 1947 ex Santiago 802
806 - Pullman Standard/GE 43-CX, Built 1947 ex Santiago 806
821 - Pullman Standard/GE 43-CX, Built 1947 ex Santiago 821
832 - Pullman Standard/GE 43-CX, Built 1947 ex Santiago 832
888 - Pullman Standard/GE 43-CX, Built 1948 ex Santiago 888

In workshop:

503 - FBW-SWS-MFO 51 GTr, Built 1963 ex Zürich 129
607 - Norinco/Shenfeng SYD-60C, Built 1990 ex Santiago 607
714 - Pullman Standard/GE TC-48, Built 1952
715 - Pullman Standard/GE TC-48, Built 1952
814 - Pullman Standard/GE 43-CX, Built 1947 ex Santiago 814

Total operational fleet: 20, of which 5 under refurbishment


Additionally stored:

601 - Norinco/Shenfeng SYD-60C, Built 1989 ex Santiago 601, restoration planned
102 - Berna-SWP-R & J-BBC 4GTP, Built 1966 ex Schaffhausen 102, source of spare parts
504 - FBW-SWS-MFO 51 GTr, Built 1963 ex Zürich 132, partly burned out, source of spare parts
612 - Berna-SWS-R & J-SAAS Typ 4GTP-A, Built 1965 ex Genf 612, accident in 2010, source of spare parts


Trolleybus 715 is about to re-enter revenue service after complete overhaul.

The current service requirement is 12 to 15 vehicles, depending on the availability of trolleybuses. Valparaíso has the oldest trolleybuses in revenue service worldwide, including no. 814 as the oldest two-axle trolley and no. 105 as the oldest articulated trolley.

Photographs: Newly refurbished, 60 years old trolleybus 715 which will take up passenger service again shortly.
Photo by: Samuel Fuentes, http://trolleybusvalparaiso.blogspot.de





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