Vaslui [RO] - Application for a grant from Brussels for a new Trolleybus route.
J. Lehmann - 09.03.09
Vaslui - Romania
The City of Vaslui with it's around 74 000* inhabitants (* 1990 census) boasts one Trolleybus route with a total length of 5 kilometres. This route terminates at a textile factory named "Texila" and was first opened on 01.05.1994 with five articulated Trolleybuses type ROCAR DAC 217 E numbered 101 to 105. Two of these vehicles have since been scrapped, numbers 101 and 102, but were originally used as spare part donors.
Rocar DAC was a series of buses and Trolleybuses produced by the Autobuzul (later Rocar) plant in Bucharest, Romania, between 1979 and 2000.
The Trolleybus models produced were:
DAC 112 E - Standard Trolleybus, powered by one 115kW direct current motor.
DAC 212 E - Standard Trolleybus, powered by one 125kW direct current motor and with an electronically controlled contactors.
DAC 212 ECS - Same as DAC 212 E, but using a chopper control system. (ECS stands for Electric Chopper System).
DAC 117 E(A) - Articulated Trolleybus, powered by one 115kW direct current motor. Although some operators called these vehicles DAC 117 EA (with A form 'articulated'; some also called the articulated buses 'DAC 117 UDA'), all the VIN plates of these vehicles shows the correct name (without the 'A').
DAC 217 E - Articulated Trolleybus, powered by one 125kW direct current motor. The most common model. Supplied with electronically controlled contactors
DAC 317 ETS - Same with DAC 217 E, but with the motor controlled by thyristors. ETS stands for Electric Thyristor System.
DAC 318 ET Tandem - Articulated trolleybus, powered by two DC motors, working in tandem. Only one prototype was built.
The operating company "Transurb SA" are now planning to convert diesel bus route 1, which runs from the central station via the town centre to "Moara Grecilor", a suburb some 6 kilometres to the north of the station, to Trolleybus operation. It is hoped that the necessary investment will come from European grants.
Both the old and the new trolleybus route will enjoy a 30 minute service.
Our photo shows Trolleybus number 105 in service on 23.01.2009. This was one of the two vehicles in service on that day the other being number 103. Number 104 was the vehicles in reserve.
Photo: Silviu Sintea
Translation and additional info: Bankes
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