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SKJOLDENÆSHOLMTRAM MUSEUM

28. August 2004

The renovation of the tram no. 890


26 June 2001

26 June 2001

On Saturday 28 August, the A-section of the tram was rolled out of the paint workshop of Vestsjælland Lokalbaner in Holbæk. After that the workshop wheels were screwed or cut off of the chassis, and the body was hoisted onto a flat-bed lorry belonging to P.E.Kristensen hauliers and taken via the motorway to Roskilde and on to the Tram Museum.

      

The route was chosen to avoid bridges and low-hanging trees, which might otherwise have left scratches on the newly-varnished body.

At the Tram Museum the unloading area was ready; it had been dubbed "The Lamp" for the occasion. The reason was this:

On 17 August 1960, the first DüWag articulated tram - no. 801 - was delivered to Copenhagen Tramways at The Lamp in Nørrebro, where an unloading area and railway siding had been established.

At "The Lamp" at the museum, the middle bogie and central section were waiting, together with the motor bogie from the A-section and the workshop personnel.

 

Before the tram body could be united with the bogies, various large parts, such as pivots and linking beams, had to be fitted under the tram body, after which it was hoisted up and placed on the motor bogie, and then again lifted onto the middle bogie, and bolted down. The rubber bellows between the sections was also placed in position.

A linking rod was fitted to the roof to stabilise the sections. The actual lifting of the body and placing it on the bogies went entirely according to plan. The bogies, with their motors and wheels, came from DüWag articulated tram no. RBG 2415, which the museum acquired in Düsseldorf for 1 Euro.

After that there was a photo shoot in Valby Langgade, with KS 890 standing side by side with her sister 815, who is patiently awaiting her own badly-needed facelift. The last time the two trams stood side by side was approximately 25 months ago, and it's clear that the trip to Holbæk has given very visible results. The tram looks much younger - indeed, just as it did almost 38 years ago, when it first left the factory and entered service in Copenhagen!

 

The tram is now in the museum's ”fitting shop”, where the floor has been removed so that work shoes will not mark it. Now it's time for the museum electricians to start looking at blueprints and relaying the entire 24 V installation, and most importantly of all, the 600 V installation, so that the tram can get running again. The driver's area will be rebuilt, many parts must be renovated or replaced, and a new instrument panel will have to be made. For this purpose we need to find suppliers for various control knobs and buttons, so that it can be restored to the way it looked before being sent to Alexandria. During the tram's 30-year exile in Egypt more than half of the knobs and buttons have gone missing, and the formerly Resopal-clad instrument panel cover has been replaced with a random bit of plywood - maybe once part of an orange box? The tram interior, including the wall panels, seats, etc., must also be planned, and the windows put in. What to do about the doors is still being considered.

The second half of KS 890, known as the B-section, is still in Holbæk, and it is expected to take a lot of work to get it into its desired state!