SpåraKoff

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SpåraKoff
Spårakoff.jpg
SpåraKoff at the corner of Kaivokatu and Mikonkatu
Restaurant information
Slogan "Kapakkatunnelmaa liikkeellä."
("Pub atmosphere on the go.")
Established April 30, 1995 (1995-04-30)
Current owner(s) Sinebrychoff, HOK-Elanto, HKL
City Helsinki
Country Finland
Coordinates 60°10′16″N 24°56′42″E / 60.1710187°N 24.9450463°E / 60.1710187; 24.9450463Coordinates: 60°10′16″N 24°56′42″E / 60.1710187°N 24.9450463°E / 60.1710187; 24.9450463
Seating capacity 24 seats
6 standing places
Reservations Available

SpåraKoff is a HM V type tram converted into a bar in Helsinki, Finland. Known as the pub tram, the vehicle does circular tours of downtown Helsinki picking up passengers for a fee during summer months. It is operated jointly by Sinebrychoff, HOK-Elanto (part of the S Group), and Helsinki City Transport.[1]

The pub tram is immediately distinguishable in the Helsinki traffic by its vivid red colour (as opposed to the normal colours, green and cream, used on the Helsinki tram network of the Helsinki City Transport), and by the destination board that reads "PUB".

It is one of the four HM V trams that remain operational in Helsinki. Two of them are museum trams, and one is used as a non-passenger carrying advertisement tram.[2]

SpåraKoff Tram Pub, awaiting passengers at the Mikonkatu terminus stop at the Helsinki Railway Square

History[edit]

The SpåraKoff was remodelled from an old HM V tram in 1995, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Sinebrychoff. HM V number 15 was selected as the tram to be converted, and it was renumbered no. 175 in honour of the anniversary. The SpåraKoff started its operation on Walpurgis night's eve, 1995.

The SpåraKoff has an area of 20 square metres (220 sq ft). It has seats for 24 customers, a counter and a lavatory. The lavatory is so small it had to be ordered from a company that builds cabins for cruise ships. The remodelling was done by Helsinki City Transport. Originally the SpåraKoff was only supposed to be in operation for two years, but it turned out to be so popular that it continues its operations today. When it started, it was the only one of its kind in the world.[3]

Operation[edit]

In 2015, the SpåraKoff operates from 4 May to 5 September. A tour ("pub crawl") takes approximately 40 minutes, travelling from the Helsinki Railway Square to Kallio, Töölö, and the Market Square, while its passengers enjoy their drinks. The route has the following stops: Rautatientori, Linnanmäki, Oopperatalo, Aleksanterinkatu and Kauppatori.[4] In addition to scheduled public rounds, the tram conducts 2-hour-long reserved rounds, for private events and public outings.

Etymology[edit]

The name "SpåraKoff" is a combination of spåra ("tram", in Helsinki slang,[5] from the Swedish word spårvagn "tram")[i] and the beer brand "Koff", produced by the Sinebrychoff Brewery — the oldest brewery in Scandinavia and one of the largest in Finland.[6]

Technical information[edit]

Inside the SpåraKoff pub tram
Inside the SpåraKoff pub tram

The tram has two bogies and was originally constructed in 1959. The conversion for pub use (including the addition of a toilet) was in 1995.[7]

  • Width: 2.3 metres (7 ft 7 in), height: 3.6 metres (11 ft 10 in)
  • Track gauge: 1 metre (3.3 ft)
  • Total mass: 20 tonnes (44,000 lb)
  • Top speed: 60 kilometres per hour (37 mph)
  • Acceleration: 12.6 s (0–50 km/h)
  • Capacity: 24 seats, 6 standing places, one flush toilet (WC)
  • Beer serving capacity: ca. 500 pints per filling

The tram is staffed by one driver and one bartender serving customers.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although the letter å is part of the Finnish alphabet, native Finnish does not use it, and in commonly used Helsinki slang, the word for "tram" is spelled spora. However, the official spelling of SpåraKoff's name retains the å from the original Swedish word spårvagn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kimmo Lundén (2014-11-24). "Miten niin pilkku-Suomi? "SpåraKoff säilyy!"" (in Finnish). Talouselämä. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  2. ^ "HKL: Motor trams 1 – 15 (1959)" (in Finnish and English). Finnish Tramway Society. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  3. ^ Kaisu Moilanen (2015-05-07). "Spårakoffista tuli heti nähtävyys" [Spårakoff became instantly a sight to see]. Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Helsinki: Sanoma. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  4. ^ Tom Heino. "Ravintolaraitiovaunu Spårakoff - HKL 175". Suomen Raitiotieseura ry. Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. 
  5. ^ Heikki and Marjatta Paunonen (2000). Tsennaaks Stadii, bonjaaks slangii. Stadin slangin suursanakirja. Helsinki: WSOY. p. 1078. ISBN 951-0-23239-4. 
  6. ^ Ari Lindholm (2007-07-26). "Suomalaisten suurpanimojen historia" [History of the large breweries in Finland]. lindholm-fi.net (in Finnish). Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  7. ^ "SpåraKoff" (in Finnish). Virgin Oil Co. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 

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