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Been a while, but I'm back with more.

On the south side of the complex was the Trnavka bus garage. Here are some photos that are all too representative of the almost exclusively SOR fleet of the garage (and they have none of the kinder eggs anymore)

22067061280_e8ae798cfd_z.jpgDPB 3419 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22068641640_c1a937d927_z.jpgDPB 2848 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22068642370_a1a3a7025d_z.jpgDPB 2842 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Among the displayed units were a number of historical buses.

22028673022_70ed8febf4_z.jpgDPB 3350 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21852856740_8d471a1195_z.jpgDPB 236 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Including the newest growth in the historical fleet, Ikarus 415 #4122.

21853338690_426ccbe842_z.jpgDPB 4122 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21853643388_e61fc1309a_z.jpgDPB 4122 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21420357553_5f8cfb1716_z.jpgDPB 4122 interior - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Its bigger brother, the 435 was on display as well.

22041584045_f451ac2137_z.jpgDPB 4827 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21418768404_b116a3078a_z.jpgDPB 4827 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22015392226_acf4c53dd0_z.jpgDPB 4827 interior - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22051511501_eb9f0966b2_z.jpgDPB 4827 cab - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21853410830_cd84088218_z.jpgDPB 4827 interior - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

There was also a Karosa B 741.

22053971575_a6cfb37091_z.jpgDPB 2636 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22041565442_e002656e6d_z.jpgDPB 2636 interior - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22041565972_5c95187fa2_z.jpgDPB 2636 cab - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21867063819_759b041123_z.jpgDPB 2636 interior - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

A Mercedes CapaCity.

21866652380_9bc2a9d986_z.jpgDPB 4935 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21433684703_169d46efe1_z.jpgDPB 4935 cab - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22054824875_56809c58a5_z.jpgDPB 4935 cab - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22042415222_2583b56be3_z.jpgDPB 4935 interior - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

A Skoda 14 Tr trolleybus. The steering wheel on this one is comically large.

21491229033_2140604ca1_z.jpgDPB 6288 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22086142386_83015c2970_z.jpgDPB 6288 cab - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22086140026_1dd3107104_z.jpgDPB 6288 interior - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

I then went for a ride on the Cabrio bus. While I waited I photographed 8434, a T3 converted into a snowplough.

22345254106_1db159963d_z.jpgDPB 8434 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Some more Karosa work buses.

21858083579_a43b04f35a_z.jpgDPB 4340 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Some revenue Karosas. I don't know if 2607 will ever run in service again, though, as it has been sitting out of service since August 4.

22027784076_6e4715bbc7_z.jpgDPB 2607 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21865789520_f8b9f8df5c_z.jpgDPB 2635 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

A group of Solaris Urbinos.

21630808644_1a86a8383c_z.jpgDPB Solaris Urbino 15 CNG buses - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

SOR mania, with a lone Solaris out front.

22243851952_8db2b158b5_z.jpgDPB SOR NB 18 City buses - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

7719.

22182656118_ec0c5de76c_z.jpgDPB 7719 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

7514, one of the new Skodas.

21985445969_0e762d5e45_z.jpgDPB 7514 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

The ride also went through the trolleybus section of the division. Here is 15 TrM #6620, which was originally retired in February but was revived.

21550727803_29d3743600_z.jpgDPB 6620 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

A Skoda 14 TrM. They're all gone now.

21491207713_6fb5124b6b_z.jpgDPB 6293 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

On the other side, there was a Tatra T3SU, which had been retired in March 2014 due to accident. I have no idea, again, why it hasn't been scrapped, but there you go.

22371094975_48a82d6b4d_z.jpgDPB 7722 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

A selection of vehicles which run out of Trnavka division.

22067341678_0decd98d6d_z.jpgDPB 3422 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

A Mercedes track sweeper.

21474137613_d6a1774f08_z.jpgDPB Mercedes-Benz Axor by Andrew P., on Flickr

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Continued...

I went for a second ride on the Cabrio bus because I wanted to photograph vehicles viewable from the other side of the bus as well.

22041563422_0e5d9ed8cb_z.jpgDPB Karosa B 741 buses - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Some SOR midibuses. 3501, 3508, 3509, 3512, 3513, 3515, 3516, 3517, 3518 and 3519 have all been made into work buses recently to replace the old Karosas.

21630978164_1acb8e4b38_z.jpgDPB 3508 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22264188271_0fec52178d_z.jpgDPB 3517 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22253711715_f72f916020_z.jpgDPB 3515 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22065693520_22151e9f67_z.jpgDPB 3508 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22065976448_15c1ae1a37_z.jpgDPB 3513 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

An ad wrapped NB 18 City.

21633938394_8d5d8aa88e_z.jpgDPB 2210 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Some red 14 Tr trolleys.

22086153366_686dae5a59_z.jpgDPB 6268 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22122408391_4257d60423_z.jpgDPB 6272 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

15 TrM #6636 in the presence of some retired T3s.

21550726163_c82cae6d48_z.jpgDPB 6636 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22358011582_f97767d5e0_z.jpgDPB 7720 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Another line of SOR artics. 1827 and 1843 are significant, because they've been sitting out of service for more than a year. I also hear they've been unofficially retired, not sure how true that is though.

22267137231_af1b3dc0cc_z.jpgDPB SOR NB 18 City buses - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

A sample of the major buses in Trnavka's fleet.

22069812909_62649bd9dc_z.jpgDPB 1851 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr

New SOR trolleys before entering service.

21984519218_52b549132a_z.jpgDPB 6021 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

T3SU #7728, after an accident in the carhouse that ultimately sealed its fate and has been retired.

21748327724_32b17f7e4d_z.jpgDPB 7728 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

The only Citaro in Bratislava, which has spent more of 2015 out of service than in service.

22079707912_07f52557ab_z.jpgDPB 2020 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

K2G #7085.

22029432672_783c024e66_z.jpgDPB 7085 - 05 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Along the north side of the property was a LOOOOOONG line of retired trolleybuses, including some of the youngest 14 TrMs - 6260, which entered service in late 2008! Through this, I did manage to photograph all the 14 TrMs though, 6261 being the exception.

21550725273_ed5881ed46_z.jpgDPB 6639 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22182031501_8d779e359f_z.jpgDPB 6639 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22122392621_2e9f40ea5e_z.jpgDPB Škoda 14 Tr trolleybuses - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21925401669_d2851abb56_z.jpgDPB Škoda 14 Tr trolleybuses - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22122388961_477fcf6db4_z.jpgDPB Škoda 14 Tr trolleybuses - 06 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21489486694_9f8157b5ff_z.jpgDPB Škoda 14 Tr trolleybuses - 07 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22086131596_333d0bedd6_z.jpgDPB Škoda 14 Tr trolleybuses - 08 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22112345575_0aba439daf_z.jpgDPB 6274 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Another SOR B 9.5, with an all white bumper.

22066852629_c955055a10_z.jpgDPB 3516 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

A retired Karosa B 741. Interesting story behind this bus - it was retired in early May 2015 after a frame break, but due to a shortage of vehicles in Trnávka, was sent out once more on May 20. As soon as it was discovered that the bus had already been retired, it was removed from service.

21866076918_8a723ba6bb_z.jpgDPB 1621 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

And some revenue buses.

21431129524_07b718518b_z.jpgDPB Karosa B 741 buses - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

While waiting for the no. 10 back, I photographed another 29 T, on route 4.

21549526004_d07e6ba20f_z.jpgDPB 7409 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

The interior display on the 29/30 Ts.

22159697682_d692d91914_z.jpgDPB 7504 interior - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

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The day after the open house, I went back to the city again because there were some diversions happening, due to a pro-life protest in the city center, that would make for interesting photos. And interesting photos they did make, but I doubt anyone would find them interesting unless they knew the geography of Bratislava, so I won't go into detail.

On the way, I saw a cool Volvo truck.
21955156186_b1fa1d92de_z.jpgVolvo FH Truck by Andrew P., on Flickr

I made my way over to the spot where I would be able to photograph the most routes diverting from one spot. Fortunately, even on a Sunday, I didn't have to wait around long for something to come along.
21748609274_3d18522602_z.jpgDPB 7919 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Have I warmed up to this car since the last time I talked about it?

...no

21549555804_eca564dc59_z.jpgDPB 7503 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

The 9 doesn't usually go this way, but it used to, many many years ago. It was a nice throwback to the olden days, even if it would have been much better if they had used road trains instead of artics.
22051826561_6c924ec358_z.jpgDPB 7125 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22051827071_5d8a7f44c4_z.jpgDPB 7123 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

One of my personal favorite trams, the only K2G in the city, was out and about.
22041785045_1972420741_z.jpgDPB 7085 - 07 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22041784515_b99e0ba142_z.jpgDPB 7085 - 08 by Andrew P., on Flickr

This was a much better opportunity than at the open house to photograph the changes that had been made to it since the last time I saw it, back in 2013:
9564235875_854b129829_z.jpgDPB 7085 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22159698582_c0632d7a30_z.jpgDPB 7504 - 05 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21985474729_255089eed7_z.jpgDPB 7403 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

I left the area and went to a shopping mall near the Danube for lunch, and also because it would be a couple of hours before part 2 of the diversions could begin. Whilst there, I photographed route 70 terminating there, an irregular event as well.
21853878948_8477c85c35_z.jpgDPB 1066 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

On the opposite side of the mall, there was a river side park, from where I photographed the Apollo bridge...
21793130780_81b555e3e8_z.jpgBy the River by Andrew P., on Flickr

...and construction work on the new 'Old' bridge, which takes its name from a similar structure that stood here from about 1946 to 2014.
21793410418_c2594657f4_z.jpgBy the River by Andrew P., on Flickr
21793409858_1370ca68cb_z.jpgBy the River by Andrew P., on Flickr
21794348809_52bdc6a06a_z.jpgBy the River by Andrew P., on Flickr

I had my lunch, and went back. At this point, the whole city center was closed off. This meant that routes 3, 5, 8 and 9 were ALL running along the exact same route between the same terminal points. Route 2 continued to be unaffected and route 4 terminated at the main railway station, the same place that the 2 went to.
22041908025_7b4ede261c_z.jpgDPB 7109 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22184502189_cf87e6ea4c_z.jpgDPB 7933 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22382065841_b7bedd483f_z.jpgDPB 7934 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr

It's still really weird for me to see a T3SUCS on route 5. When I was a kid, that would have been an incredibly rare sighting, but it used to be common until all the unmodernized T3s were bumped off by the new Skoda cars.
22381995861_e85c176487_z.jpgDPB 7812 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22182556411_f0c0c8b8dd_z.jpgDPB 7404 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21853728010_9ba9b85a35_z.jpgDPB 7125 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22183357970_99e21130d6_z.jpgDPB 7919 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21854879199_2ec9121aca_z.jpgDPB 7085 - 09 by Andrew P., on Flickr

My final port of call was the main railway station, from where I intended to catch a ride on a Mercedes-Benz CapaCity. Before I boarded, I photographed various equipment preparing to set out. Note the irregular colors on 1840's front mask.
21635648203_fb5cbd6665_z.jpgDPB 1840 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22159679152_b5a9d13fea_z.jpgDPB 6111 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21866653670_66f300f03c_z.jpgDPB 4926 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr

I ended up riding #4939. The bus was stupidly crowded for a Sunday, so I didn't film a lot of ride, but what I did manage to catch is here:

A picture of it, after I got off. Still a great bus:

21866643920_98ac0f9a4e_z.jpgDPB 4939 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

A broken down Tedom to close off this batch of pics:

22183334320_3f9838d934_z.jpgDPB 1107 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Thanks for viewing, more soon!

 

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Here is the next part.

I next visited Bratislava on September 25. I had a rich itinerary set out for the day that was cut short by some heavy rain. What I did managed to see is thus:

I visited the outer borough of Dubravka, terminus of routes 4 and 5. I used to live here back in the day. It's changed a lot sadly. Fortunately, at least the trams were the same, although that would stop being true a few short months later:

22184561119_108b0672a5_z.jpgDPB 7845 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22184433229_a9f98de11c_z.jpgDPB 7769 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22345336866_4f56d48db7_z.jpgDPB 7953 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21632434093_0bd24bdb8b_z.jpgDPB 2010 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

In times of old, the tram line here was configured like so. The tracks were set in concrete and large canopies provided ample shelter from the elements:

15237244334_c055ce907c_z.jpgDubravka trackage - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

That unfortunately changed back in November 2014. Here is a different stop in the borough that was configured similarly before. Now, there is a ridiculous little shelter instead of the huge canopy.
22092790029_f649cb0365_z.jpgDPB OD Saratov stop - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

The only remain of the old line was an underpass.
22279621355_b408fdf31b_z.jpgDPB OD Saratov stop - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

If anyone has read the transit regrets thread, I go into more detail on that there, but the intention was to photograph the rest of the line before the old stop and line configurations were consigned to history. Here are some things which will likely be a thing of the past late this year:

22091566400_3dc037c2c6_z.jpgDPB Damborskeho stop - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21656907914_d0e8e0c063_z.jpgDPB Horne Krcace stop - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21658605373_2b396a6d5e_z.jpgDPB Dolne Krcace stop - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

In the city, nature and construction co-exist.
22382084411_fbf45b7faf_z.jpgDPB Dubravka-Karlova Ves line - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22345396076_60dff9965c_z.jpgDPB 7839 - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22184516509_6b74084e8f_z.jpgDPB Dubravka-Karlova Ves line - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22266775882_bcf6c64cc2_z.jpgDPB Nad luckami stop - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr

The old Karlova Ves loop.
22358268962_21d471d850_z.jpgDPB Karlova Ves loop - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Currently, it is only possible to exit the loop heading towards the city. During the rebuild, the junctions will be changed so that trams coming from Dubravka (the line past the junctions) will also be able to enter and exit the loop.
22184509869_95bb930591_z.jpgDPB Karlova Ves loop - 05 by Andrew P., on Flickr

One of the oldest K2S cars in the city in operation.
21420764163_55917250a3_z.jpgDPB 7104 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22091597390_89235f070c_z.jpgDPB Borska stop - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22183629788_65108f5be6_z.jpgDPB Dubravka-Karlova Ves line - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22266779012_4f80a2f400_z.jpgDPB Nad luckami stop - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22266788112_4fa5079876_z.jpgDPB Jurigovo namestie stop - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Some T6A5s at the Karlova Ves stop (pictured above, in the photos of 7839)
22358260212_3da60e5578_z.jpgDPB 7943 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21750252943_16499a64a4_z.jpgDPB 7905 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22371378185_c5c4d79edb_z.jpgDPB 7906 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

And a T3P on route 4.
22132472922_feae4bdcf9_z.jpgDPB 7791 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

I would get a chance to visit Bratislava once more before leaving. More photos soon!

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Exactly one year later, here are photos from my most recent fanning trip to date in Bratislava.

That evening, I was going to be staying with some relatives in Bratislava. We arrived early in the afternoon and I soon made my way to the city, but not before photoing a midibus in service on route 44 just outside.

22092404755_567f0a61f2_z.jpgDPB 1900 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

I went downtown, near the big railway station, to photograph some trolley bus routes before route changes which ended up transpiring this past summer. I don't remember exactly how the changes went, they were originally supposed to renumber all trolley routes from the 200s to two digit numbers in the 40-60 range (to match the previously existing 33 and 64), but that didn't end up going through so the photos I took aren't as significant as they could have been. In any case, here they are.

22243851112_0bb30b9b51_z.jpgDPB 1856 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21984549338_d544cc8bc7_z.jpgDPB 6009 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22159707672_31e29d195b_z.jpgDPB 6005 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21985442489_d6e8b4d08c_z.jpgDPB 6114 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22068650970_a1b9a21728_z.jpgDPB 1848 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21985473039_83de04f451_z.jpgDPB 6003 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

22068644610_63316fd3f6_z.jpgDPB 2221 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

21924164860_973081d33b_z.jpgDPB 6279 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

My next port of call was a shopping mall on the east side of the city. I had yet to ride a SOR B 9.5, and I saw that there was one in operation on route 69, so that was where I went.

Laying over before the trip.
22264186451_8f595e9e48_z.jpgDPB 3518 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22066849009_902751ce20_z.jpgDPB 3518 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Ride video:

 Some interior photos:

22065970138_2921a705c5_z.jpgDPB 3518 interior - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22066847149_5031684571_z.jpgDPB 3518 interior - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22253704695_409cf5337a_z.jpgDPB 3518 interior - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Unfortunately, these buses were all too indicative of the lack of maintenance in the bus departments here. Note the state of the foam grab bars on the backs of the seats in that last photo!

Next, I went to Rača to photograph another SOR B 9.5, this time #3533. This one was the last of the 2005 order, and it has a different rear end cap compared to its predecessors. It was in service on route 54.
21632682853_babc4a46b1_z.jpgDPB 3533 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

One of the last things I planned to do that day was to ride a T3G, something which I hadn't done since 2008. So I made my way back towards the very outskirts of the city center and waited at , photographing some T6A5s while I waited.
22183647848_feb80e6aa5_z.jpgDPB 7915 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21748597514_1347bd7402_z.jpgDPB 7949 - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Along came Tatra T3G #7839+7840, in service on route 9. Here she is traversing the switches at Trnavské mýto while operating on route 9.
22345395226_38d2268806_z.jpgDPB 7839 - 05 by Andrew P., on Flickr

A look at the driver cab.
21750318933_fef6700b89_z.jpgDPB 7840 cab - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Ride video.

Another stop which will be changed during the rebuild, at the city's botanical gardens. There will be an elevator installed here.
21656915204_82eddbd0ff_z.jpgDPB Botanicka zahrada stop - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21656913924_6af5b84035_z.jpgDPB Botanicka zahrada stop - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22091593350_7bf65bb615_z.jpgDPB Botanicka zahrada stop - 03 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22253615226_72ae14c769_z.jpgDPB Botanicka zahrada stop - 04 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21549536944_0274ed5d75_z.jpgDPB 7511 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

After this, I went back downtown again. Taxi drivers were protesting against Uber and causing mayhem, but fortunately it didn't affect my fanning plans at all.
21793356708_f1854dcbde_z.jpgTaxi driver protest by Andrew P., on Flickr
21358447464_f4b9d2de8f_z.jpgTaxi driver protest by Andrew P., on Flickr

I made my way to a nearby tram stop and waited for a tram on route 7. The 7 was a service that I actually had wanted to ride going as far back as 2005, but it only operated during the rush hours during the school year, so even back then it wasn't excessively possible for me to ride on it.
22183365490_ebe5461666_z.jpgDPB 7907 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

And here it is!
21854043068_483af82191_z.jpgDPB 7119 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Ride video:

I rode the car all the way to Račianské mýto, where I got off and photographed it leaving. On the other platform, I saw a downtown-bound number 7, driven by someone who looked like Vladimir Putin.
21854042508_bcb2186e0e_z.jpgDPB 7119 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21419093564_679b540241_z.jpgDPB 7101 - 06 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Afterwards, I returned to the Central mall where the car was parked. I photographed one of the prototype MB CapaCities, built in 2005, before heading inside.
21431994234_1a0c03bb23_z.jpgDPB 4921 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22064767221_7afe569ae7_z.jpgDPB 4921 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

By this point I still hadn't photographed T3Gs #7837+7838 and I began to suspect that I wouldn't. But I checked the dispatch again before heading to the parking garage and noted that it was reporting as being in service on route 5. I did some verifications on the Bratislava equivalent of NextBus to ensure that some moron hadn't been playing around with the onboard control unit and erroneously signed them in. Fortunately, they were indeed in service, so the chase was on once more. I ended up cutting across half the city because rush hour traffic made it very difficult to pull over somewhere and take a picture, but it was worth it.
22358340982_b7c0cd017f_z.jpgDPB 7837 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr
22184569809_b75a6f883e_z.jpgDPB 7838 - 02 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Mission accomplished, and not a moment too soon.
For my last port of call, I stopped by the old military hospital loop and photographed some trolley buses laying over there.

22172320915_522675f2c0_z.jpgDPB 6024 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr
21984239890_a8fb27db22_z.jpgDPB 6013 - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

Good times. Unfortunately this thread will likely remain dormant until the summer of 2018, but thank you all for viewing!

 

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Pekne fotky (am I allowed to discuss in Slovak or any other language here? This being said, I'm better in Polish.)

Always nice to see European buses, especially MB. Capacity looks beautiful. Does NFI or Nova produce 4-door artics?

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11 hours ago, brzyski said:

Always nice to see European buses, especially MB. Capacity looks beautiful. Does NFI or Nova produce 4-door artics?

Both companies install their engines behind the rear axle, so there would be no room for doors there.  However, NFI does produce a 5-door BRT version of the Xcelsior, but in this case it is three doors on the right side and two on the left.

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10 minutes ago, tomsbuspage said:

Both companies install their engines behind the rear axle, so there would be no room for doors there

So does Mercedes, actually. If I'm not wrong, the engine is installed vertically, as on the Orion VI, which allows them to fit the door in.

22042415222_2583b56be3_z.jpgDPB 4935 interior - 01 by Andrew P., on Flickr

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Pretty sure North American agencies see that kind of engine mounting as more of a costly maintenance nightmare vs simply adding more buses to the fleet, hence why it is so rare in this part of the world.

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For anyone who may be interested, an update on the tram fleet in Bratislava.

There are no longer any accelerator controlled T3s running in the city. The last car was pulled from service in early May IIRC. A solo unit (275) and a two-car road train (7819+7820) remain behind as historical units. Besides these, and modernized T3M cars 7729+7726, all other modernized cars continue to operate in service. Out of what remains, the T3G fleet (7835-7846) and the remaining T3M cars (7602+7610 and 7733+7734) are the only ones still operated with foot controls and mostly unchanged interiors. These cars should continue to operate for at least a couple of more years.

Recently, 78 of the retired accelerator controlled T3SU and T3SUCS cars were sold to 6 companies from around the former Czechoslovakia. I suspect these will be sold off to systems in Ukraine, Bulgaria, or Russia.

I'll miss these cars, that's for sure! Going through my Flickr and updating their disposition was a little morose.

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