Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ukrainian Getting New Trams!? Only 40 years old!

Zurich to donate trams to Ukrainian town
Thu Dec 7, 10:51 AM ET
ZURICH (Reuters) - After 40 years rattling through the streets of Zurich and past a church where writer James Joyce is buried, a fleet of ageing Swiss trams is to find a new lease of life in a provincial Ukrainian town.


Zurich's city council said it is donating 13 trams to the town of Vinnitsa, 250 km southwest of Kiev where they will enter service next year and are expected to run for at least 12 more years.

The trams are being retired from the number 5 route running across town to Fluntern, an upscale neighbourhood on a hill where Joyce, who wrote part of his literary masterpiece Ulysses in Zurich and died there in 1941, is buried.

Another free consignment of up to 15 trams will be delivered by the end of 2008. Unlike some European cities, such as Milan and Lisbon, where trams dating from the 1930s are still in service, Zurich's trams are routinely withdrawn after 40 years

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