Similar to Dublin’s LUAS.
In August, I made a brief visit to Reims in northeastern France. This city is steeped in history and now boasts one of Europe’s newest tram networks, which opened in Spring 2011.
Operated by Veolia Trandev, this system covers just 11.2 kilometers (just under seven miles). Like Dublin’s LUAS it uses modern Alstom Citadis trams. These have a distinctive styling variation with front sections designed to mimic the shape of a champagne flute—which pays homage to Reims’ role as ‘capital of the champagne region’
The trams make the same ‘bong bong’ warning sounds as they navigate city streets.
Interestingly, the relatively small tram fleet are dressed in eight different colours.
One of the most innovative elements of the Reims system is its application of a modern ground level power supply that is used through the historic city center to avoid unsightly wires.
In my few hours wandering Reims, I made just a handful of digital photos plus a couple of colour slides.
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