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Croydon Tramlink
 
Page 1: The Fleet
 
 
This one of a series of pages devoted to postcards and photographs of Croydon Tramlink. This page illustrates the tram fleet. Tramlink Page 2 shows the routes.
 
Following a study in 1987, the Croydon Tramlink Parliamentary Bill was deposited in 1991. Construction started in 1996, using a significant amount of former railway alignment, rail services from Wimbledon to Mitcham, and to Elmers End ceasing in 1997. On the section from Birkbeck to Beckenham Junction, the line was singled so the tramway could run in parallel. Public services on the three lines started during May 2000. Initially the three routes were Route 1: Wimbledon-Croydon-Elmers End, Route 2: Croydon-Beckenham Junction and Route 3: Croydon-New Addington, all three routes circumnavigating Croydon town centre in a clockwise direction. From 2006, routes were revised so that Route 3 trams from New Addington continued through to Wimbledon (in place of Route 1). 2007 weekday off peak frequencies are every 10 minutes on Routes 1 and 2, and every 7.5 minutes on the through Wimbledon-New Addington Route 3. The unofficial Tramlink site www.tramlink.co.uk contains a set of timetables from the inauguration to current.
 
The tram fleet consists of 24 articulated vehicles numbered 2530-2553, manufactured by Bombardier Transportation in Wien. The numbers follow on from the last vehicle in the original London Transport system, 2529, which was scrapped in 1952. Classified as CR-4000, the new trams are based very closely on Bombardier's K-4000 trams as used in Köln. These are 76% low floor at 400mm above rail height with entrances at 350mm. The overhead is at 750volts dc and trams have four 120kW 3-phase asynchronous motors fitted to the two, two-axle power bogies at the outer ends, giving a maximum speed of 80kph (50mph). Each tram carries over 200 people with 70 seated. At one point more than 25% of trams carried advertising liveries, although none remained early in November 2007. However, 2548 had received Simpsons Movie vinyls by the end of that month. All the CR-4000 trams have been photographed and are listed below.

In 2012 deliveries began of six Stadler Variobahn trams to ease overcrowding. The Variobahn (also known as Variotram) tram family was launched in 1993, and has been built variously by ABB, Adtranz, Bombardier Transportation and since 2001 by Stadler Rail.

The Variobahn trams for Tramlink were ordered by Transport for London in August 2011 at a cost of 16.3 million. TfL has an option for up to 8 more trams. Three of the Croydon trams were diverted from a batch of five which were ordered for the Bybanen line in Bergen, Norway. The first tram, 2554, was delivered to Croydon on 24 January 2012 and carried its first passengers on 30 March 2012.  (Ref: Wikipedia)



Bombardier CR-4000 Trams on this page:-
2530, 2531, 2532, 2533, 2534, 2535, 2536, 2537, 2538, 2539, 2540, 2541, 2542, 2543, 2544, 2545, 2546, 2547, 2548, 2549, 2550, 2551, 2552, 2553

Stadler Variobahn Trams on this Page:-
2555, 2558

Tramlink Pages:-
Tramlink Page 1: Fleet - this page
Tramlink Page 2: Routes
Tramlink Page 3: Trams in the Snow
Tramlink CR-4000 2007 Timetable - 23/07/2006 Timetable (4Mb PDF file - require Adobe Reader)
 
Simplon Tram Pages:-
Tramways Header Page
Dublin Trams
Nottingham Trams
West Midlands Metro
 
Associated Pages:-
Simplon Postcards Home Page
www.tfl.gov.uk - official Transport for London tram site
www.tramlink.co.uk - unofficial tramlink site
 
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Tramlink Fleet
 
 
 
Bombardier CR-4000 Trams 2530-2553
 
 
Tramlink 2530
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 at Beckenham Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 at Elmers End
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 at Elmers End
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 at Elmers End
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 at Elmers End
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 leaving Dundonald Road towards Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 arriving at Dundonald Road from Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 leaving Dundonald Road towards Wmbledom
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 (left) and 2342 at Morden Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 (left) and 2342 at Morden Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2530 at Morden Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007






Tramlink 2531
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2531 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007


Tram 2531 arriving at Blackhorse Lane from Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010


Tram 2531 arriving at Blackhorse Lane from Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010


Tram 2531 arriving at Blackhorse Lane from Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010


Tram 2531 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010






Tramlink 2532
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2532 and 2536 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2532 and 2536 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2532 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2532 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2532 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2532 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2532 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2532 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2532 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2532 at Mitcham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007



Tram 2532 arriving at Harrington Road from Beckenham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010






Tramlink 2533
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2533 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
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Tramlink CR-4000 2533 in green/blue livery at Beddington Lane on Route 3: Wimbledon-Croydon-New Addington
Photo: Ian Boyle, 7th February 2012
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Tramlink 2534
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2534 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
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Tramlink CR-4000 2534 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
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Tramlink CR-4000 2534 at Addiscombe
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007



Tramlink CR-4000 2534 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007



Tramlink CR-4000 2534 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007



Tramlink CR-4000 2539 and 2534 (right) at Mitcham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007



Tramlink CR-4000 2534 at Mitcham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007



Tram 2534 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010



Tram 2534 leaving Beckenham Road for Beckenham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010



Tram 2534 leaving Harrington Road for Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010






Tramlink 2535
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2535 at New Addington
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
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Tram 2535 at Blackhorse Lane
2535 is named after local tram enthusiast Stephen Parascandolo (1980-2007) who created the www.tramlink.co.uk
website

Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010



Tram 2535 at Blackhorse Lane
2535 is named after local tram enthusiast Stephen Parascandolo (1980-2007) who created the www.tramlink.co.uk
website

Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010



Tramlink CR-4000 2543 & 2535 in green/blue livery at Beddington Lane on Route 3: Wimbledon-Croydon-New Addington
Photo: Ian Boyle, 7th February 2012
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Tramlink CR-4000 2535 in green/blue livery at Beddington Lane on Route 3: Wimbledon-Croydon-New Addington
Photo: Ian Boyle, 7th February 2012
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Tramlink 2536
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Beckenham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 and 2532 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 and 2532 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Ampere Way
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Ampere Way
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Ampere Way
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Ampere Way
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Mitcham
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2536 at Mitcham
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007


Tram 2536 in Church Street, East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008
Croydon Tramlink - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008


Tram 2536 in Church Street, East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008
Croydon Tramlink - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008


Tram 2536 arriving at Sandilands from Addington
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010






Tramlink 2537
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2537 at Wellesley Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007


Tram 2537 leaving Blackhorse Lane for Beckenham
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010






Tramlink 2538
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2538 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2538 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2538 and 2349 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tramlink 2539
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2539 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2539 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2539 at Mitcham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2539 at Mitcham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2539 and 2534 at Mitcham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2539 at Therapia Lane
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tramlink 2540
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2540 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2540 at King Henry's Drive
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2540 at King Henry's Drive
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2540 at King Henry's Drive
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2540 at King Henry's Drive
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2540 at King Henry's Drive
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2540 at Wellesley Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2540 at Wellesley Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007


Tram 2540 leaving Coombe Lane for Croydon and Wimbledon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008
Croydon Tramlink - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008






Tramlink 2541
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2541 after leaving Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2541 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2541 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tramlink 2542
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2542 at Therapia Lane
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2542 at Therapia Lane
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2542 at Therapia Lane
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2542 at Therapia Lane
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2542 at Morden Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2542 at Morden Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2542 at Mitcham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007


Tram 2542 in George Street, East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008
Croydon Tramlink - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008


Tram 2542 in George Street, East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008
Croydon Tramlink - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008






Tramlink 2543
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2543 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007



Tramlink CR-4000 2543 at Dundonald Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007



Tramlink CR-4000 2543 in green/blue livery at Beddington Lane on Route 3: New Addington-Croydon-Wimbledon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 7th February 2012
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Tramlink CR-4000 2543 (left) and 2535 in green/blue livery at Beddington Lane on Route 3
Photo: Ian Boyle, 7th February 2012
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Tramlink CR-4000 2543 entering a single line section at Beddington Lane on Route 3: New Addington-Croydon-Wimbledon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 7th February 2012
CROYDON TRAMLINK - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 7th February 2012 - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Simplon Postcards






Tramlink 2544
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2544 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2544 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2544 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2544 (left) and 2553 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 and 2544 (right) at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 and 2544 (right) at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007


Tram 2544 in Church Street, East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008
Croydon Tramlink - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008






Tramlink 2545
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2545 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2545 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2545 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007


Tram 2545 in Church Street, East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008
Croydon Tramlink - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008


Tram 2545 arriving at Arena from Beckenham
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010






Tramlink 2546
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2546 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplon.pc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2546 at Dundonald Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2546 at Dundonald Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007


Tram 2546 at Coombe Lane
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008
Croydon Tramlink - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008


Tram 2546 arriving at Sandilands from Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010


Tram 2546 at Addiscombe
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010


Tram 2546 arriving at Harrington Road from Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010


Tram 2546 arriving at Harrington Road from Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010


Tram 2546 arriving at Harrington Road from Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010


Tram 2546 arriving at Harrington Road from Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010
Croydon Tramlink in the Snow - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th January 2010






Tramlink 2547
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2547 near Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2547 near Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2547 at Wellesley Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tramlink 2548
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at Fieldway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
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Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at East Croydon
In new advertising livery since the image above 13 days earlier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 and 2544 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 and 2544 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at Wellesley Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at Wellesley Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2548 at Wellesley Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007


Tram 2548 about to turn from Church Street into Tamworth Road, East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008
Croydon Tramlink - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008


Tram 2548 turning from Church Street into Tamworth Road, East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008
Croydon Tramlink - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008



Tram 2548 turning from Church Street into Tamworth Road, East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008
Croydon Tramlink - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th June 2008






Tramlink 2549
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2549 (right) and 2338 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
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Tramlink 2550
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2550 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007



Tramlink CR-4000 2550 at Beddington Lane on Route 3: New Addington-Croydon-Wimbledon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 7th February 2012
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Tramlink 2551
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2551 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
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Tramlink CR-4000 2551 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tramlink 2552
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2552 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2552 at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tramlink 2553
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2553 and 2534 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
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Tramlink CR-4000 2553 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2553 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2553 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2553 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2553 at Arena
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2553 at Beckenham Road
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2553 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2553 at Sandilands
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2553 at Elmers End
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 6th November 2007
Croydon Tramlink - www.simplonpc.co.uk -  Photo: © Ian Boyle  2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2544 and 2553 (right) at East Croydon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2553 at Mitcham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007
 
 
Tramlink CR-4000 2553 at Mitcham Junction
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th November 2007






Stadler Variobahn Trams 2554-2559


The Variobahn (also known as Variotram) tram family was launched in 1993, and has been built variously by ABB, Adtranz, Bombardier Transportation and since 2001 by Stadler Rail.

The Variobahn trams for Tramlink were ordered by Transport for London in August 2011 at a cost of 16.3 million. The London Borough of Croydon council made a 3m contribution to the cost. TfL has an option for up to 8 more trams. The trams are being constructed at Stadler's Pankow plant in the suburbs of Berlin and the Stadler facility at Velten north of Berlin.

Three of the Croydon trams were diverted from a batch of five which were ordered for the Bybanen line in Bergen, Norway. Stadler built these earlier than the contractual delivery date to make use of free capacity at its factory. Three more trams were built directly for Croydon, plus three trams for Bergen to replace the ones which went to Croydon. Initial testing was carried out in Chemnitz, Saxony. The first tram, 2554, was delivered to Croydon on 24 January 2012 and carried its first passengers on 30 March 2012.   (Ref: Wikipedia)

The new trams will provide much needed capacity on a new route planned to run between Therapia Lane and Elmers End, the busiest section of the system.


Tramlink Variobahn 2558 interiors
Photo: Ian Boyle, 19th June 2012

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Variobahn 2555

Tramlink Variobahn 2555 at East Croydon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 19th June 2012

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Variobahn 2558

Tramlink Variobahn 2558 at Wandle Park
Photo: Ian Boyle, 19th June 2012

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Tramlink Variobahn 2558 at East Croydon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 19th June 2012

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Tramlink Variobahn 2558 and CR-4000 2532 at Sandilands
Photo: Ian Boyle, 19th June 2012

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Tramlink Variobahn 2558 leaving Addiscombe for Elmers End
Photo: Ian Boyle, 19th June 2012

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Tramlink Variobahn 2558 arriving at Addiscombe from Elmers End
Photo: Ian Boyle, 19th June 2012

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Tramlink Variobahn 2558 at Arena
Photo: Ian Boyle, 19th June 2012

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Tramlink Variobahn 2558 at Elmers End
Photo: Ian Boyle, 19th June 2012

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