Stadler Pankow GmbH and Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG presented the new DT8.12 tram for Stuttgart. These are the first vehicles of the series for Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG, who has ordered a total of 20 vehicles. Before the high-floored vehicles can be put into service in Stuttgart, they still need to undergo a few tests at Stadler. These will be followed by tests on SSB lines – some of which have gradients of up to 8.6% – and finally a stint at the SSB driving school.
“The vehicles have been developed specially for the Stuttgart tram network and can easily be adapted to the existing infrastructure within the city. This means they can not only cope with gradients of up to 9%, they can also handle tight bends,” reports Michael Daum, Director of Stadler Pankow GmbH. “In the future, passengers will be able to enjoy the comfort of modern trams. At the same time, the vehicles can fit right into the existing vehicle fleet with just a few tweaks to the established design.”
“Stuttgart has an interesting, demanding topography from the perspective of a rail vehicle manufacturer – steep gradients and a historic old town mean the trams have to meet exacting technical requirements,” explains Michael Daum. “We are pleased that we have been able to successfully work together with our customers to address this. And you can see the results right here.”
The DT8.12 is based on the Tango vehicle series. With a maximum speed of 80 km/h and a modular construction, the Tango is designed for city transport. Due to the comfortable carriage width of 2.65 metres, it has a generous, friendly interior with 106 seats and room for 146 standing passengers, as well as air-conditioning in the passenger compartment and driver’s cab.
Energy-saving LED interior lighting and the transparent driver’s cab back walls all add to the friendly design of the interior.
There are four entry doors on each side to allow fast passenger embarkation and disembarkation for the bidirectional vehicle. Barrier-free access and stepless access throughout the passenger compartment allow use by persons with restricted mobility. In order to guarantee safety in the event of a collision, newly developed crash elements have been fitted. The trams are 39.1 m long across the coupling and have a track gauge of 1,435 mm.