Daugavpils Tramway

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A KTM-5 tram in Daugavpils
Lines and final stops of the tram system

Daugavpils Tramway (Latvian: Daugavpils tramvajs), the tram system of the Latvian town of Daugavpils, was opened on 5 November 1946 with a Russian broad-gauge trackage of 1,524 mm (5 ft). An uncommon characteristic of this system is the use of trolley poles for current collection. The system is operated by the municipal company a/s "Tramvaju uzņēmums" (English: Tramway enterprise JSC).

A second line through the town was opened in 1950, and was extended in 1951 and 1958. Further extensions followed in 1965 and 1990. The tram system comprises approximately 25 kilometers of track and three tram lines. The tramway system is supplemented by a larger system of urban bus lines.

The rolling stock comprises vehicles of the type RVZ-6 built in Riga (Latvia) and KTM-5 and KTM-8 built in Ust-Katav (Russia). In 2002, 12 Czech tram cars of type T3D were purchased secondhand from the German tram system in Schwerin. In 2013, 12 new Belarusian Belkommunmash trams were purchased under a tram infrastructure renovation project.[1] The new trams are expected to arrive in Daugavpils in August and to start running not earlier than in October.[2]However the contract was cancelled.[3]

The new Russian trams were purchased in March,2014.In September eighth part-low-floor 71-623 trams and four low floor 71-631 trams were delivered to Daugavpils.[4]


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