Flexity Outlook

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The Flexity Outlook is a series of low-floored, articulated light-rail trams manufactured by Bombardier Transportation. Part of the larger Flexity product line (many of which are not low-floor), Flexity Outlook vehicles are modular and commonly used.

Types[edit]

Bombardier markets two types or families of designs as "Flexity Outlook".

Eurotram[edit]

The Eurotram was first used in Strasbourg

The Eurotram is a brand of light rail vehicles based on a design by Socimi (Milan, Italy) and manufactured by ABB (later Adtranz and Bombardier) at former BREL sites in York and Derby in the UK.[1] with some parts from ABB Trazione (Italy).[2] Units built for the Porto network were constructed at Bombardier's factory in Amadora Portugal.[3]

Its modern design makes it look as much like a train as a tram, and it has large windows along its entire length.

Over 150 units have been built between 1994 and 2004. It is used on the Strasbourg tramway, in Milan on the Azienda Trasporti Milanesi, and on the Porto Metro.[4]

The design was acquired by Bombardier when they took over Adtranz in 2001. In 2003 the design was taken on a marketing tour of Australia, with Porto tram number 018 shortened by 2 modules and put on display in Sydney on the light rail in Sydney.[5] It was then taken to Melbourne where it operated on the local tram network between January and March 2003 as a 7 section tram.[6]

Bombardier has began to market this type as Flexity Outlook (E).

Cityrunner[edit]

Cityrunner in Łódź, Poland

The more common Cityrunner, which has a more traditional tram design, is used by several cities in Austria (in Innsbruck, Linz and Graz), also Łódź (Poland), Geneva (Switzerland), Eskişehir (Turkey), and Brussels (Belgium), and vehicles for Marseille, (France) Valencia, Alicante (both Spain) and Toronto (Canada) are in the design and production phase. The Toronto Transit Commission has also selected it for upgrading its current fleet, with possible use for the Transit City plan as well.[7][8]

Both models have low floors. While most Flexity Outlook trams are bi-directional, the Toronto cars will be single-ended in order to meet the operating requirements of that city's legacy streetcar routes. Bombardier has built single-ended Flexity Outlook versions for cities including Graz, Łódź and Milan. They follow a modular design, allowing them to be customised for use on networks that require narrow vehicles or uniquely tight curve radii, down to 11.6 metres (38 ft) in the case of Toronto. Toronto's version of the Outlook will be gauged to fit its legacy streetcar lines, with a track width of 149.5 cm, or 4 ft 10 7⁄8 in.

The Flexity Outlook's closest competitors are the Citadis from Alstom, the Combino and S70 from Siemens, and Bombardier's other Flexity trams.

Vancouver demonstration line[edit]

Brussels tram in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics

Bombardier Transportation operated a Flexity Outlook demo system in Vancouver from January 21 to March 21, 2010, coinciding with the 2010 Winter Olympics. The trams were on loan from a fleet of Flexity Outlook series made for the Brussels tram network. The service was called the Olympic Line and used electrified railway right-of-way owned by the City of Vancouver and not part of the regional transit authority (TransLink).

The temporary line operated from Granville Island to near Olympic Village Station on the Canada Line at 2nd Avenue. Service consisted of a 1.8-kilometre (1.1 mi) link with two stations, with cars operating every 10 minutes.

See also[edit]

Flexity Outlook in Toronto

References[edit]

  1. ^ C.J. Wansbeek (March 2003). "Strasbourg: Interurban tram strategy strengthens city system". Tramways & Urban Transit. 
  2. ^ Applicability of low-floor light rail vehicles in North America. National Research Council (U.S.). Transportation Research Board, Booz, Allen & Hamilton. 1995. pp. 28, 31, 34–5, 41–3, 54. 
  3. ^ "Metro do Porto Light Rail, Portugal". www.railway-technology.com. Rolling Stock. 
  4. ^ Traction Ferroviaire: Les Tramways; Caracteristiques de Materiels Roulants. Ed. Techniques Ingénieur. pp. 7–8. 
  5. ^ "Bombardier Eurotram Exhibition, Sydney". www.sleeper.apana.org.au. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  6. ^ "VICSIG - Trams: Eurotram in Melbourne". www.vicsig.net. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  7. ^ Kalinowski, Tess (2009-04-24). "TTC picks Bombardier". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. 
  8. ^ Tess Kalinowski (2009-04-28). "A streetcar named Inspire?". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. 

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