Zürich trams new Flexitys and reserve fleet


Chris Wood
 

The June edition of Tramways & Urban Transit carries a report of the delivery of a mock-up of Zürich's new Flexity trams to Altstetten works. To be used to consult with staff and passengers prior to delivery of the real thing in 2019. They will be in service "in time for the Christmas lights" according to VBZ.

The article also states that the late delivery will mean that the Tram2000s will not start to be withdrawn until 2020, and that the extension of line 2 to Schlieren in 2019 "will require two vehicles from the reserve fleet".

I'm left wondering what this last means. Are there Tram2000s already in the reserve fleet. Or are to see a brief return of the Mirage?.

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