Skjoldenæsholm Tram Museum

23. February 2012


News about articulated trams KS 890 and KS 815

Now KS 890’s driver position is finally beginning to look like it did back in 1966, when the vehicle was completed at the central workshop of the Copenhagen Tramway Company on Enghavevej.  



It has been a mammoth task to adapt the cabinets, doors, and panels for the distributor cap and other electrical equipment, including cables, etc. The locking mechanisms for the cabinets and doors were a whole story in themselves, as the old locks were either worn out or had been replaced with a nail or a screw in Alexandria. Some "new" locks have been taken from donor vehicles, such as RBG 2415 and others. It was also a major task to obtain the right colour for the square cabinets and panels of the driver’s position, but the correct shade was eventually found by varnishing with many coats of lacquer, which left it with a bright and shiny surface. Now it is right!



But a lot of other work has also been performed on 890. In the B part (the rear vehicle half), our carpenter is busy making cabinets for the marshalling distributor at the rear. And a few months ago, the electricians completed many of the tasks necessary to return the vehicle to "Copenhagen Tramway standard".


The frames for the seats have been renovated, and we are working on a solution in which the seats will be reupholstered by our good partner, the Gera tramways company. Possibilities are also being explored for making new doors for both articulated trams, as getting them made in Denmark has proved considerably more expensive than expected.

 KS 815's A-part is still at the premises of Regionstog A/S in Holbæk awaiting further painting. The vehicle half has been given a rust-retardant epoxy treatment, and will now be filled and sanded before painting. It will end up with a slightly different yellow colour to KS 890. Besides the yellow sides under the tram windows, it must have a grey roof, cream around the windows, and a grey – but not roof-grey – stripe in an approximately 100 mm band under the windows, while the skirts beneath the decorative ledge will require a third shade of grey! All of the colours are however defined, as the original paints have been located, and have been used to mix new ones.

 The central section is also at Regionstog A/S, to receive similar treatment to the A part.

KS 815’s B-part was sent for sandblasting to JP Sandblæsning in Svinninge, after which it received a coat of a rust red primer to prevent rusting. The vehicle half is currently laid up in one of the Tramway Museum’s depots, as we will prioritise getting KS 890 finished before continuing work on 815. On the other hand, we have now ensured that the vehicle will not suffer more rust damage than it had when it was brought back from Alexandria in 2001.