27. July 2007

News about 890


On Friday 20 July 2007, the sun shone in competition with the shiny, unpainted vehicle body of "Miss Dusseldorf", whose official name is articulated tram KS 890. This was the first day since 19 February 2004 that the vehicle body had emerged from the "panel shop" at the workshop of Vestsjællands Lokalbaner (West Sealand Local Railways) in Holbæk. The sheet metalwork had finally been completed, so the time had come for the vehicle to be loaded onto a flat-bed truck and driven to the line's turntable, which lies at a different level to that on which the metalwork had been done, and from there to the paint shop.


All the fixtures which are otherwise attached to the body externally, such as the cable junction boxes, the route sign at the back, the middle step in the doorway, the bumper with its hole for a rubber pad, the aluminium guttering, etc., have been removed and will be painted separately before being re-attached.


Now the matt grinding of the whole body, the application of primer and everything under floor level is in progress, so that the floor can be laid. After that comes the internal paint, which is also also fire-retardant and noise-reducing. After the holiday, it will be time for external smooth filling and several more polishings, and then the vehicle will be painted in the original, familiar yellow KS colour at the bottom, white around the whole window area, and grey on the roof, just as the A-section was in 2004.



As soon as a little colour has been added to the body, the pictures will be placed on the website.

The period since February 2004 has been long. There has been a great deal of work with re-alignment, as the entire rear platform was sagging by up to 80 mm. There was also some major collision damage, which had been repaired in Alexandria by replacing the rearmost 40 cm with "some iron lying about". This has naturally been replaced with original DÜWAG parts from other vehicles, and it has also been necessary to replace large parts of the panels in the sides, roof, etc. We also made an effort to acquire the correct, curving glass panes at the back, rather than acrylic, which has otherwise been used because it is tough and much cheaper to make. We succeeded in this thanks to the museum's good contacts and partners in Germany, where we acquired the glass panes from Ludwigshafen, and we have also adapted the window apertures.

There has also been some turnover among the personnel working on the project, and over the past six months it has primarily been the museum's own staff who have completed the sheet metalwork. The painting and floor work was on the other hand carried out by VL's own professionals in Holbæk.

Naturally, we cannot at the present time say when the body will be finished in Holbæk, but hard work is now being done to complete this restoration project, which we are sure will look really fine. It will be something to look forward to when the A-section and the B-section are finally reunited at the museum and can live up to the name "Miss Dusseldorf".

Things are also going well with the A-section of 890, which returned to the museum some time ago. The electrical installations are almost complete, and are being tested yet again before being connected to the 600v supply. The internal fitting-out of the vehicle can shortly begin.

It is now the turn of the A-section of KS 815, the other articulated tram that the museum acquired in 2001, to be restored. Several hundred drawings and photographs, templates and various reinforcement struts, all used in Holbæk in the work on KS 890, have been driven to Asnæs to be re-used with KS 815. The body, which was sand-blasted in March, is being kept safely dry indoors and awaits only the staff, who will begin this giant task as soon as possible.