One of Van der Vlist’s regular transportations is tram carriages, for many cities across Europe and the world, trams are a modern and efficient method of public transport. Recently however Van der Vlist were charged with the transportation of two Budapest trams; 2576 and 2577, which were last used in 1981.
Following their retirement from service the two carriages, measuring 10.14m long, 2.3m wide and 3.28m high and weighing 11 250 kg each, ended up in the West Yorkshire Transport Museum in Bradford, UK. Following a short stay at Frosterley in the North-East of England, MAVITE the Hungarian historical railway association made a move to buy the trams and take them back home to Budapest.
MAVITE approached Van der Vlist to load the cars, and take them home. The modern trams that Van der Vlist are accustomed to require modular trailers to facilitate their length, with specialist rails to unload and offload them. Whilst these carriages were much shorter, Van der Vlist’s experience and the specialist equipment used in modern tramway transports was able to help these old Budapest trams on and off the trailers.
Having loaded in Frosterley, UK by using Van der Vlist’s unique tram rails, and onto flat trailers with tram tracks built in. The twin carriages were taken to Hull port, where they were shipped across to Rotterdam so that they could make their way across Europe to Budapest. After a round trip of over 4,000 Kilometres and 28 years, the trams were unloaded, back home in Budapest, where MAVITE plan to lovingly restore them, and hope to help them back onto the same tracks they used to operate on over 30 years ago.
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