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Sorry don't speak German! Guten Tag!

Anyway Manila is supposed to be getting some excess Light Rail Trains from Austria. These are supposed to be used but relatively new. (article below)
Anyway just wanted to know if anyone knows what they look like or better yet post a pix. Are they still really ok or quite rotten? Any feedback appreciated.
Thanks.

taken from abs-cbnnews.com.. donate the trains? hmmmm.. do we really have to resort to begging for assistance? :p

Austrian assistance sought for MRT 3

The Arroyo administration will ask the Austrian government to donate second-hand light rail vehicles (LRVs) for the capacity expansion of Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3), an official of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) said.

Roberto R. Castanares, DOTC assistant secretary said officials plan to fly to Vienna next month to inspect its unused LRVs and determine their suitability for MRT 3 use.

Castanares said the capacity expansion will increase volume lodging by 200,000 passengers a day.

If the Austrian government agrees to donate 48 of its light rail vehicles, the delivery of the trains will be expected in December this year.

Castanares explained the Philippines could save millions of dollars should the donations push through, as the government expects to spend $400,000 to $500,000 for the refurbishment of second-hand LRVs compared with a brand new train that would cost $2 million each.

The refurbishing of the trains may be completed in the first quarter of next year while commercial use will be by end-2007.

The MRT 3 was built under a Build-Operate-Transfer agreement to be paid in 25 years. The first phase of MRT 3 runs through EDSA from Taft Avenue in the south to the EDSA-North Avenue intersection in the north for a total length of 16.9 kilometers covering 13 stations.

Its ridership has increased from 89 million in 2000 to 122,512,169 in 2004 and 128,751,959 last year.

Earlier, the government said it plans to take over the operations of MRT 3 to save money, but the plan fell through owing to the country’s fiscal situation. DOTC studies showed that government stands to save at least $1 billion for the early buyout of MRT 3.

Darwin G. Amojelar
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Austria has many LRT's types...
I'm not sure which one, but think the Austrian goverment will donate that one and they are quite common in Vienna.



The trains are old, but they are ok.
 

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^^thanks, those look really old, apparently the trains we're talking about were deployed in eighties are these the one? Any idea who the manufacturers are, siemens. bombardier???
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^^ah those look more like it, thanks! Either way begars can be choosers.
 

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Those trains are pretty new and the first came out during 2000. The Badnerbahn don't own many of them... btw it's a Bombardier train
 

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Really. Thank you very much for the correction. :fiddle: I will post these on the Philippine Forum. Everyone was very impressed with such new looking trains but these will do as well as long as they do the job. The czeck trains the line uses are not so modern looking as well. Most of the time they are covered in ad stickers which cover the whole train anyway. So the first picture is actually accurate right. It sounds right as the trains are supposedly made in the 80's. And the additional 500,000 refurbishement costs sounds right for such trains.

Again Mucho Danke Norbb and Anekdote for the additional info. Greetings to the rest as well. Any links (hopefully in english to find out more info on these trains). I can't really read german and am curious what they are saying in the forums if these are good or bad trains ( should be ok from the comments above!) , plus if there are more in the future as i'm sure if they find these ok they may ask or buy the rest! I they are made by bombardier are these french train then or canadian.
 
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