Altought today München is a city with a lots of low-floor trams, there are still some old trains with a motor car and a trailer, called by MVG type P. Here one of them (P 3.16 2019 + p 3.17 3013) in Johannisplatz. August 10th 2003.
The trams type P were built in 1966-68 by Rathberger, AEG and BBC. They are four-alxe articulated motor cars (P, numbers from 2003 to 2044) and trailers (p, numbers from 3003 to 3040) with two bodies on two bogies, a scheme used on a great number of cars in Germany and Eastern Europe.
|Type P tecnical characteristics|
|Type||P 3.16||p 3.17|
|Length||16 700 mm||16 700 mm|
|Width||2 350 mm||2 350 mm|
|Height||3 180 mm||3 180 mm|
|Mass||23 300 kg||16 200 kg|
|Total power||320 kW||–|
Trams very similar to the München P are used in Bremen and, until the discontinuing of the tramway system on July 30th 1982, in Bremenhaven. Old Bremen and München trams run in Timisoara (Romania).
|An ex München P + p train in Timisoara: motor car 2039 with a trailer in Piata Traian in Summer 2003. Photo © Németh Zoltán Ádám, from the page Timisoara.|
Today only the suburban route 25 Max-Weber-Platz (Johannisplatz) – Grünwald is operated by these trams, always with the P + p scheme, together with the most modern R 3.3 units.
All these photos were taken on August 10th 2003, when I saw only two trains in service: 2012 + 3012 and 2019 + 3013.
|The train 2019 + 3013 has just arrived in the passing loop in Johannisplatz, the city terminus of route 25. In the background the R 2.2 car 2168 in service on route 15 to Großhesseloher Brücke.|
|Another view of the same train in the same place, this time from the rear.|
|In Franziskanerstraße there is a beautiful section of the line 15-25 bordered with tall trees, the last extension of the network inaugurated on November 11th 1997. The train 2019 + 3013 is running toward Grünwald.|
|The train 2012 + 3012 running on the quasi-grand union at Ostfriedhof stop, heading to Grünwald. Before of November 11th 1997, route 25 trams came from right, from the reversing loop in Sankt-Martin-Platz.|
|The same train has just arrived at Südtirolerplatz stop...|
|... After some second, it resumes the run to Johannisplatz.|
|The train 2019 + 3013 is running at full speed in Geiselgasteigstraße between Krankenhaus Harlaching and Theodolindenplatz stops.|
|The stops in Geiselgasteigstraße have beautiful old wooden shelters, like this at Menterschwaige with the train 2012 + 3012 ready to leave to Grünwald.|
© 2003 Ivan Furlanis
Last changes: October 2003