The first Uraltransmash 71-415P ‘retro’ tram has entered service in the Russian city of Nizhny Tagil. Two cars of the type are being delivered for use on ‘sightseeing and thematic tours’, a gift from the regional government of Sverdlovsk oblast to mark the city’s 300th anniversary.
The 16.5m four-axle trams are based upon Uraltransmash’s 71-415 low-floor design; Nizhny Tagil has received three of these modern low-floor cars with the first arriving in November 2020.
The ‘P’ variant features revised exterior styling, a special burgundy-yellow livery, and wooden seating in the passenger saloon. Modern amenities include air-conditioning, internal and exterior CCTV cameras and USB chargers.
Mayor Vladislav Pinaev commented: “So that every resident of the city can ride on a rare transport, we will periodically use the cars on city routes. For example, we will allocate one day a week along route No 3.”
Within the framework of the Federal Clean Air project, more than RUB800m (EUR12.8m) has been allocated for the purchase of 12 trams for Nizhny Tagil in 2022. They are expected to arrive in the city before the end of the year.
Uraltransmash is delivering 54 similar retro trams to Sankt Peterburg operator Gorelektrotrans under a deal signed in May 2022.