Stadler handed over HEAG mobile, the transport company of Darmstadt, the first of 25 Tina trams which is scheduled to enter operation in the autumn of 2023 after extensive testing.
The new tram, which will operate in Darmstadt as the new ST15 series, was presented at the international trade fair InnoTrans in September.
“I am delighted to finally be able to take delivery of the first tram in the new series. Now the commissioning phase will begin: To prepare the tram for homologation by the technical supervisory authority, many test runs and measurements are carried out. We are also holding training courses for our driving staff and employees from the driving school, the workshop and the traffic control centre so that they will be ready to use the TINA trams,” HEAG mobilo Managing Director Ann-Kristina Natus said.
Stadler says that more vehicles will be delivered in the coming weeks and months and the entire fleet will be delivered in the summer of 2024. “Public transport as a sustainable and ecological means of transport must not only be further expanded and strengthened, as through our new line concepts, it must also be modern and attractive. I am looking forward to the first journey on TINA,” Michael Kolmer, Head of Transport in Darmstadt explained.
Tram’s newly designed, patent-pending bogie can be used for a wide range of vehicle types and requirements. The Tina platform offers a solution for every tram concept with axle drive, independent wheels, rotating or non-rotating bogies, different track gauges or various vehicle widths. In addition to the completely continuous low floor, Tina is characterised in particular by its spaciousness, wide aisles, generous foot and leg room, panoramic windows, multifunctional panels and a new design specially adapted to the needs of passengers. In terms of energy efficiency, the vehicle scores points for its optimised drive system, a low vehicle weight and the optional use of waste heat from the engine.
HEAG mobilo has ordered a total of 25 Tina trams from Stadler fitted with small steps instead of ramps. In addition to the vehicles for Darmstadt, Stadler is also supplying 25 Tina trams to Baselland Transport , 28 Tina trams to Rostocker Strassenbahn and 56 Tina trams to Hallesche Verkehrs . In November 2022, the Dutch HTM also announced the award of an order for 50 Tina including additional vehicles with the contract signed recently. These consecutive successes within a very short time confirm that the innovative vehicle concept meets the high demands of passengers and customers alike.