MODERTRANS has been awarded a contract to supply three single car LRVs to Schöneicher–Rüdersdorf Strassenbahn (SRS) to operate the isolated Line 87 route between Berlin-Rahnsdorf and Woltersdorf. An option for a further LRV has been agreed.

Located in the eastern suburbs of Berlin, the route is operated with modernised 1950s-era Gotha LRVs manufactured in the former East Germany. Some of these will be retained for heritage operations.

The existing LRVs date from the 1950s. Keith Fender.

The new 15m-long Moderus Gamma LF 10 AC BD low-floor LRVs will be delivered from mid-2023, and are a development of Gamma vehicles in service in Poznań, Poland. Each bi-directional 70km/h vehicle will be 2.4m wide with three doors on each side. The air-conditioned vehicles will have 22 seats but capacity for up to 76 passengers. The LRVs will be equipped with four 50kW traction motors powering each axle as well as battery packs enabling temporary operation in the event of power supply failure.

Funding for the order is largely from €3.7m of grant funding from the State of Brandenburg plus the Oder-Spree regional council. The town of Woltersdorf will fund €300,000 of the purchase cost.

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