Rosario [AR] - First Megapolis trolleys arrive
K. Budach - 08.05.17
In April, the first 5 of 12 type Megapolis trolleybuses arrived in Argentina. The Trolza-built vehicles reached their destination after a 3-month journey from Russia. Two of the single units have already been painted in the current orange and silver color scheme of the local operator SEMTUR, while the three others are still blue. The 12 new trolleys are intended for use on line Q, which thereby will feature electric services. Thanks to their auxiliary battery packs, the new trolleys can run under the existing catenary, before shifting into off-wire mode. Once back under the wires, the batteries can re-charge during regular running.
The complete delivery of all 12 vehicles is expected by late May 2017. Due to certain production delays and missed deadlines, Trolza will be required to supply two extra trolleybuses at no additional cost. The start of revenue services on line Q is also expected by late May. The delayed delivery of the new trolleys has also pushed that start date back, as originally an earlier service introduction had been foreseen.
After their delivery, the first Trolza units are seen at the SEMTUR depot in Rosario. Photos: Mariano Antenre & Carlos Fern├índez
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