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Olsztyn welcomes the Tramino

The Solaris Tramino unveiling ceremony at Olsztyn’s depot on ul Kołobrzeska on 19 June. (Credit: Solaris)

The first Solaris Tramino for the Polish city of Olsztyn (population 175 000) was unveiled at a ceremony on 19 June at the depot on ul Kołobrzeska. Solaris signed a EUR30m contract for a fleet of 15 100% low-floor trams with the city in September 2012, following the expiration of an original agreement with the preferred bidder consortium of Newag and Modertrans. Tramino testing began on 28 May at the Franowo depot in Poznań, and deliveries to Olzstyn are set to be completed by the end of the year.

The 29.3m three-section bi-directional trams are 2.5m wide with capacity for 216 passengers, including 43 seated and two wheelchair spaces, and also feature six pairs of 1300mm-wide double doors per side, CCTV and air-conditioning. They are powered by four 120kW asynchronous traction motors, giving a maximum speed 75km/h (46mph). Passenger services are due to begin in November.

The plan to deliver a 10.5km (6.5 miles) tramline – the first new tramway in Poland for over 50 years and the largest post-war project in the city – has not run smoothly. Initial contractor FCC Construcción was brought on board for infrastructure works in 2011, but parted company with the project in 2013; following this the project was divided into five separate sections, with separate contracts for each, with consortiums featuring a mixture of international and local contractors.