ČKD Tatra T5C5

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Tatra T5C5 / T5C5K
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T5C5 in Budapest
In service 1978 - present
Manufacturer ČKD Tatra
Constructed 1978 - 1984
Refurbishment 2002 - 2004
Number built 322
Number in service 240
Capacity 28 seated and 72 standing, total 100
Train length 15,640 mm (51 ft 4 in)
Width 2,500 mm (8 ft 2 in)
Height 3,140 mm (10 ft 4 in)
Doors 3 per side
Maximum speed 65 kilometres per hour (40 mph)
Weight 18 metric tonnes
Current collection method Overhead line
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

The Tatra T5C5 is a single-car tram built by ČKD Tatra in Prague in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1978, two prototypes were tested in Prague and Budapest. They differed in many ways to earlier Tatra products, most notably that the vehicle was controlled by a hand lever rather than a foot pedal. Between 1978 and 1984, 322 vehicles were supplied to Budapest and, as of March 2014, 240 units are still in service.

Between 2002 and 2004 eighty T5C5 units were extensively refurbished and now have modern IGBT transistor equipment. These trams have been renamed as "T5C5K".[1] These units have been further modernized from 2009, their current type name is T5C5K2. A new program started in 2014, which refurbishes all remaining classic T5C5 units to the technical standards of T5C5K2 (with different, but compatible traction and control equipment, under T5C5K2M type code). As of July 2015, 80+28 T5C5K2 units are in service and 12 units are in the process of rebuilding.

With the introduction of FUTÁR traffic control system at BKK, all T5C5 and T5C5K2 units got the FUTÁR controller and on-board unit, and new visual displays (1 front, 2 side, 1 inside). Some pins on the electrical coupling between units have been reused for FUTÁR's communication.

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  1. ^ "Tatra T5C5". Strassenbahnen-Online. Retrieved 2007-12-10.