The historic Tatra K2 tram, which was bought by a Prague transport company from Bratislava, arrived at the workshops in Brno’s Medlánky. It was there that we used the year 1977. ČKD Praha functioned as a training vehicle for new drivers. Now the retro machine is to be repaired in Brno, so that it can then carry passengers in the Czech capital during emergency rides.
Employees of the Transport Company of the City of Brno (DPMB) will take care of the historic tram for nine months. The car disassembles it into individual components, repairs it, assembles it and repaints it in its original colors.
Šalina, dating from the end of the 1970s, was used for training Slovak drivers until 2009. This year, however, the Bratislava transport company sold it to the Prague city carrier for approximately 25,000 crowns. He decided that the machine needed to be renovated. The tender for the reconstruction of the Tatra K2 tram was won by the Brno transport company, which has extensive experience in repairing cars of this type.
“We are pleased to be part of the tram’s return to Prague, where it was manufactured more than forty years ago. The employees of our central workshops use their experience in repairs, which they gained in 2016, when we reconstructed the K2 type tram for our Brno collection of retro cars. We want the result to be 100% and our colleagues and passengers in Prague to be satisfied, it is a great responsibility and challenge for us,“The CEO of DPMB said Milos Raven.
In Brno, most of the professional central workshops, which employ 140 people, are involved in the reconstruction. From bodybuilders, to electricians to painters or carpenters. At nine months, workers disassemble the vehicle or carry out a thorough inspection, boiling or replacement of corroded components.
“Then the corrugated sheeting, which is popular for K2 trams, is fixed and painted in the original colors in red-cream shades. In the end, the car will have new cabling, electrical equipment, laying floors or installation of interior trim, ceiling and glazing“” A spokesperson for the DPMB. ” Hana Tomaštíková.