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Old November 2nd, 2005, 02:35 PM   #1
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At last - new subway trains

Brighter, quieter and a decidedly modern design - Oslo's new subway trains have begun to arrive.

The price tag for the modernization will run to NOK 2.6 billion (USD 401.6 million), but Oslo Transit says that commuters won't be stuck with the bill.

On Tuesday the new trains were unveiled to the press. From January 26 they will begin to roll into service, first with two trains of three cars each.


Staff inspect one of the new arrivals.

They will run on all but two of the city's routes during the test period. In 2007 the new models will begin to appear in earnest.

"We have ordered 189 new wagons. If all goes as planned the delivery will be complete during 2009," said Øystein Svendsen, subway director at Oslo Transit.


Light, airy and quieter - but a challenge to keep clean.

"There will be more departures because the cars have less need for maintenance and are easier to repair than today's fleet. Plus the new cars are equipped with internal displays and spoken messages about the next stop. There is much less noise and the design is lighter and superior. And not least, the cars will be easier for the handicapped to use," Svendsen said.

But the lighter seats and wall also mean an extra challenge for Oslo Transit - both in the form of daily grime and extensive vandalism.

"Tagging (graffiti) is a huge problem and it is clear that the new trains are attractive. We will not have internal camera surveillance but we will continue to have many guards," Svendsen said.


The new trains are a vivid contrast to the tired old red model. Oslo's subway trains are not always under ground.

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/lo...cle1147186.ece
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Old November 2nd, 2005, 02:41 PM   #2
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finally!

didnt know staff was so in to this tho
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Old November 2nd, 2005, 02:44 PM   #3
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me neither lol
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Old November 2nd, 2005, 02:58 PM   #4
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I'm actually here and there inspecting new trainsets when I feel like it.

The new Oslo trains are extremely cool. One of my favourites actually, since they're so sleek and simple, and yet so well designed. Berlin has had the same trains for some time now, but in yellow colour of course.

The trains seem to have the exact same interior as the Metro-trains in Copenhagen actually - at least the chairs (same model, same coulours), the yellow poles etc. The difference is, of course, that the Oslo trains are operated by a driver, but the CPH trains are automatic.

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I hope they learn from the Danish metro that the seats are already tearing apart...

How much of the "subway" is underground?
And who's supplying the trains?
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Congratulations to our Norwegian Friends! Well done!
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Old November 2nd, 2005, 09:28 PM   #7
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I hope they learn from the Danish metro that the seats are already tearing apart...

How much of the "subway" is underground?
And who's supplying the trains?
Not very much actually. But it moves underground from Majorstua to Tøyen (west to east) under the central part of Oslo. I think it's about 7km.

The supplier is Siemens afaik.
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Yeah it's Siemens. And it's the same trains that operate the Vienna metro. They didn't take any chances this time, and bought something that is used extensively before.

The tunnel also continues past Carl Berners Plass to Hasle. And there are several other smaller stretches of tunnel, like Storo-Ullevål, most of Trosterud-Ellingsrudåsen, etc. A total of 16 stations is underground, but a majority of the stations is above ground, as shown on this map by urbanrail.net:
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 01:06 AM   #9
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finally!

didnt know staff was so in to this tho
staff is everywhere!

Cool, the older trains also look outdated (like the old Danish S-trains). Good for Oslo!
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They didn't take any chances this time, and bought something that is used extensively before.
That is actually quite amazing - seems like they have finally learned from some of their many previous mistakes with untested technology. I do not like this new white color though; they should stick to the traditional red.
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 09:40 AM   #11
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^ I've heard others saying the same. I personally don't have any feelings regarding the colour of the trains, maybe because I'm not from Oslo. For me the red colour represents the current old, malfunctioning, dreary trains, and I think a new colour gives the feeling of something new.

I don't really care how the trains look, as long as they work properly. I believed it was Teknisk Ukeblad that had interviewed both some technical experts and some designers. The technical experts were very satisfied with the new trains, while the designers were very unhappy. Touche
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