Motor Car 7500 (1962-2010)

Restauration de la motrice 7500In the early nineteen sixties STIB wanted to replace their prewar convoys (motor + trailer) with articulated trams . These would require less staff to carry the same number of passengers. With the help of BN and ACEC a prototype was devised in 1962. It was based on the 7000-series of cars that had been running in Brussels since the early nineteen fifties (e.g. car 7047). However, the trials were disappointing because the technology wouldn’t allow three motorised bogies to run simultaneously. This seriously impaired the capabilities of the car. A satisfactory technical solution was only found ten years later. This allowed the purchase of a large series of articulated cars. The prototype was rebuilt to fit in with this series of cars in 1974.