Gothenburg Tram No. 15 - a type M23 Mustang
Built by Hägglunds and delivered on 30 April 1949, this tram was photographed on 5 April 2008, the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Saltholmen line from Gothenburg city centre. Saltholmen is the tram and boat terminus for the southern archipelago, and very busy in the summer with day trippers wanting to visit those magical islands (where I lived for 18 months).
These trams had a conductor's place at the rear and pneumatic doors, so passengers boarded at the rear and alighted at the centre and front.The doors were originally on the left side, but when right-hand driving was interoduced in Sweden in 1967 the trams had to be rebuilt with the doors on the other side.
Built by Hääglunds in Örnsköldsvik, most of these trams were sold to both Oslo and Stockholmin the mid-1970s.
The 63 that were built were called the Mustang "Vampire" by Hägglunds, and type MB04/M23 by Gothenburg Tramways.
went into museum service in September 1977.
Length: 13.08 m, Width: 2.5 m, Bogie centres: 5.9 m, Bogie wheelbase: 1.8 m, Wheel diameter: 660 mm, Weight: 16,000 kg.
Four MBL 15 motors, each 50 kW.
Passengers: 31 seated, 74 standing.
Picture added on 06 April 2008