Prague to make blue party tram

The remodeled T3 will have a dance floor and a bar

The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) is going to create a tram to be rented for parties and corporate events. A decommissioned T3 model tram will be retrofitted in the DPP workshop at Hostivař at a cost of Kč 7.5 million, including the design work,  remodeling, and an upgraded electrical equipment.

The rental price will be Kč 5,900 per hour. DPP counts on a return the investment is less than six years.

The work will take about a year to complete. Production documentation is currently being prepared and the retrofitting is scheduled to begin in January 2018.

The T3 is the classic red 1960s tram, but the party tram, called the T3 Coupé, will be painted blue outside. Instead of three doors, the T3 Coupé will have just one entry.

The rear part will have a dance floor with wooden benches on the sides. The bar resembles the counter on the older T1 model. The plastic seats will be white.

The T3 Coupé should go into commercial operation in October 2018. It will have its European premiere next year at the Berlin trade fair InnoTrans in September. If the first one is successful then other party trams might be made.

The design for the T3 Coupé is by Anna Marešová Designers, which made the popular track lubrication tram (mazací tramvaj) as well as an award-winning line of erotic aids.

The interior of the tram can be seen this week with special viewing glasses at the Designblok festival, running Oct. 26 to 30 at Výstaviště Holešovice.

“In addition to making a completely new design and interior and exterior solution, we are also going to the depot warehouse to look for blinkers, reflectors, spotlights and other elements. I am always surprised by these details, how everything has been conceived, processed and built. The T3 is simply a legend, and I am very pleased to be involved in such a project,” designer Marešová said, according to Lidové noviny (LN).

DPP has extensive experience with the T3 model and has converted and upgraded many of this model as well as other trams.

“With the T3 Coupé, we can use the unique know-how of the Prague tram repair department. This project proves the skills of our people, who have in the past handled orders for big European cities,” DPP chairman Martin Gillar told LN.

The original idea was to make the party tram an open-topped cabriolet, but it proved to be unfeasible for technical reasons. The covered T3 Coupé can also be used in all weather conditions and seasons.

The Tatra T3 was produced between 1960 and 1976 and was sold mostly in Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Czech designer František Kardaus designed the original model. T3 variants were made until 1989 and again briefly from 1998 to '99.

The T3 has the best track record of any model ever used in Prague, with 98.9 percent reliability. Over 1,000 were made for use in Czechoslovakia. The T3 was an improvement over the T2, which was made from 1955 to 1962.

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