Tram 23 restarts with celebration

A number of tram related events including a parade will occur

Tramline 23 is being relaunched, and will be using older trams exclusively in an effort to draw tourists interested in a retro experience. The relaunch will be on Saturday, March 25, along with festive events starting at 9 am at the Královka tram stop, near Malovanka in Prague 6, and at Muzeum MHD in Střešovice just before noon.

A new tram will also be christened and put into service, a WiFi equipped model Škoda 15T named after industrial designer František Kardaus, who died in 1955.

The 23 route will be launched at 9:40 am with the T3 tram model. People riding the route on its first day will have a chance to get commemorative tickets.

In the morning there will also be a parade of historical trams models T3, T3M, T3SU, T3R.P, T3R.PLF and the new 15T in the following 40 minute route: Královka – Pražský hrad – Malostranská – Újezd – Národní divadlo – Karlovo náměstí – Palackého náměstí – Jiráskovo náměstí – Národní divadlo – Staroměstská – Malostranská – Pražský hrad – Brusnice – Vozovna Střešovice.

Events at Muzeum MHD in Střešovice start at 11:35 am, and at noon the new historical line 41 will be launched. The historical line used to be 91, but the city is revising its numbering system to better coordinate with towns in the neighboring Central Bohemia region. Rides on the historical 41.

The musuem will be open from 11:45 am to 5 pm. The museum entry is free. There are sightseeing tram rides that cost Kč 35 and these depart between 12:45 pm and 3:45 pm.

The museum will have competitions for children to win prizes. New souvenirs will also be available, including flash drives shaped like T3 trams and T-shirts with a T3 design.

The Tatra T3 was produced between 1960 and 1976, and was sold mostly in Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. 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 and had leatherette seats.

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Related article:
Historic trams to run on 23 line - Prague.TV, 05.01.2017

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