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Marianske Lazne/Marienbad 120 years of electric public transport

15. Mai 2022, 21:13 Uhr von AIM

On 14th and 15th May 2022 Marianske Lazne/Marienbad celebrated 120 years of electric public transport as well as 70 years of trolleybus operation. It is a little sort of miracle that there is electric public transport in form...

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Marianske Lazne / Marienbad 120 years of electric public transport

On 14th and 15th May 2022 Marianske Lazne/Marienbad celebrated 120 years of electric public transport as well as 70 years of trolleybus operation. It is a little sort of miracle that there is electric public transport in form of a smart little trolleybus system still in operation because in the last 20 years there were always activities to close this trolleybus system. But this famous spa resort remembers it`s tradition and therefor could celebrate the history of tram as well as trolleybus since 1902 and looking into the future with a modern trolleybus fleet of 8 SKODA 30Tr built in 2020 and serving at the moment 2 lines (6 and 7).

L: SKODA 9Tr 323 from Plsen/Pilsen historic fleet working on line "H" at Goethove nam./Goethe Platz M: All trolleybuses of todays fleet wore this celebration logo showing the old tramway working between railway station and city center between 1902 and 1952 R: SKODA 14Tr 429 from Plsen/Pilsen fleet too, on line "H" at Kolonada/Kolonaden

On 14th and 15th May 2022 there was a line "H" in operation , working between Antonickuv pramen/Antonius Quelle and City as line 3 did before the pandemie. Line "H" was operated by two historic trolleybuses from Plzen/Pilsen - SKODA 9Tr 323 built in 1979 and 14Tr 429 built in 1989. Both typs were once typical for the system of Marianske Lazne / Marienbad and it would be a great idear to opereate historic trolleybuses during the summer spa season regulary, because line "H" was a great sucess always with happy passengers on board of the historic trolleybuses.

L: a horse drawn carrage - typical for all former Austrian spa cities, followed by SKODA 14Tr 429 on line "H" at City Service M: SKODA 9Tr 323 in front of Marianske Lazne famous Kolonada - once often used by SKODA for official photos of new trolleybuses R: SKODA 30Tr 64 on line 7 curving through the narrow streets of the spa district

Since the pandemic line 3 and 5 are not in operation - instead of them a line 7 works, covering almost the whole system from Antonickuv pramen via Nadrazi to Chebska and further on tot he city center and turning via Goethova nam., Line 6 operates the interurban branch to Klimentov as used.

L: 3 generations of SKODA trolleybus types - famous and typical for the system of Marianske Lazne / Marienbad in front of the depot, from left to right: SKODA 14Tr 429, SKODA 9Tr 323 and SKODA 30Tr 58 M: wishing the Marianske Lazne trolleybus system all the best fort he next 70 years - SKODA 9Tr 323 is passing old Usovice turning loop - used between 1962 and 1973 R: since the outbreak of the pandemie trolleybuses at Hlavni tr/Palackeho crossing only make a left hand turn for reaching the railway station. Here SKODA 30Tr - 62 is seen on the way to railway station and city center

Photos: Gunter Mackinger 15. May 2022