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Škoda breaks through in Germany

Škoda’s computer-generated image of its new tram for Chemnitz. — Škoda

Škoda Transportation has won its first tram order in Germany, with the decision of the city of Chemnitz to award a EUR35m contract for 14 five-section, 32m, stainless-steel, double-ended 100% low-floor ForCity Classic trams.

Delivery of the first prototype will be in 2018 with series delivery planned for 2019. A 15T ForCity (Praha 9238) ran trials in Chemnitz in April 2012.
The new trams, based on those already delivered to Miskolc and Konya, will replace the ten remaining Tatra T3 sets dating from the late 1980s, as well as providing fleet expansion for the new line 3. The 40km (25-mile) standard-gauge Chemnitz system dates from 1960, when the city was in the DDR and called Karl-Marx-Stadt. Standard-gauge replaced a 915mm-gauge network dating from 1880. The city is also noted for tram-train operation under the so-called Chemnitzer Modell.