Tango (tram)

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Tango (Model Bochum)
Stadler Tango Variante BoGeStra.jpg
Tango (Bochum)
Manufacturer Stadler Rail
Year(s) of manufacture 2007–
Wheel arrangement Bo'2'Bo'
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Length over couplers 28,200 mm (92 ft 6 14 in)
Height 3,650 mm (11 ft 11 34 in)
Width 2,650 mm (8 ft 8 38 in)
Minimum curve 25 m (82.02 ft)
Empty weight 35,740 kg (78,790 lb)
Top speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Power output (continuous) 4 × 125 kW (168 hp)
Driving wheel diameter 740 mm (29.13 in)
Carrying wheel diameter 740 mm (29.13 in)
Electric system 750 V DC overhead wire
Collection method Pantograph
No. of traction motors 4
Seats 56 (+10 Folding seats)
Standing places 109
Low-platform section 0% (Platform height)
Tango (Model Basel)
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Tango (Basel)
Manufacturer Stadler Rail
Year(s) of manufacture 2008-
Axle arrangement Bo'2'Bo'2'Bo'
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge
Length over couplers 45,000 mm (147 ft 7 58 in)
Height 3,510 mm (11 ft 6 14 in)
Width 2,300 mm (7 ft 6 12 in)
Empty weight 57.0 t (56.1 long tons; 62.8 short tons)
Top speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Indicated Power 6 × 125 kW (168 hp)
Driving wheel diameter 680 mm (26.77 in)
Carrying wheel diameter 580 mm (22.83 in)
Electric system 600 V DC overhead wire
Collection method Pantograph
Seats 94
Standing places 182
Low-platform section 75%

The Tango is a light rail vehicle and tram made by Stadler Rail. It can be built as either a 100% high-floor or 70% low-floor articulated unit. It is in use in Bochum, Basel, Geneva and Lyon.


The cities operating Tango are demanding the following characteristics for their rolling stock: speed (up to 100 km/h or 62 mph), robustness, security and compatibility with the common use of infrastructure, economic (capacity adapted to the traffic and prospects for their development) as well as comfort and aesthetics. In the case of Appenzell Bahnen, the light rail needs to deal also with strong gradients in the foothills south of St. Gallen.[1]


In Lyon, the Tango tram is serving the express line Rhônexpress linking downtown with Saint Exupéry Airport, and its TGV train station, opened in 2010.

An order of 32 vehicles has been placed by the city of Geneva in December 2009. 20 were ordered by Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen, the first one being completed in September 2012.[2]

Appenzeller Bahnen (AB) has contracted Stadler Rail to deliver seven new Tango for use on the new St. Gallen cross-town link from Trogen to Appenzell starting from 2017. So far, the western line from St. Gallen to Appenzell is operated by heavy rail with a rack section.[3]

Aarhus Letbane will receive a mix of 12 Stadler Tango and 14 Stadler Variobahn, with a total of 26 units.[4][5]

See also[edit]

  • Variobahn, a 100% low-floor tram from the same manufacturer


  1. ^ railway-technology.com: AB selects Stadler for new Tango light rail vehicles (28 January 2014 )
  2. ^ "First Tango for Stuttgart - Railway Gazette". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  3. ^ bahnhonline.ch: Appenzell tanzt STADLER-TANGO (German, 19 March 2014)
  4. ^ letbanen.dk: [1] (Danish, 2016)
  5. ^ stadlerrail.com: [2] (English, 2016)

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