SL18 is finally in Oslo. They are made by the tramway construction company CAF in Spain. Now it is at the Grefsen tram depot which is located between Storo and Sinsen. All of the SL18 named trams are low floor trams that will replace the oldest trams. They have USB chargers for travelers and they will have advanced information inside too.
I have already seen the design before last summer. Finally, it is happening. Oslo is getting a modern tramway look because of SL18. Now it is the Ruter’s responsibility together with the travelers to keep them functioning for many years to come.
The final design of SL18 is a bit different than what the first design showed. I think that the travelers with these trams will enjoy the ride a lot. CAF is known for making great trams. Lund in Sweden is also getting trams from CAF. Because of the Wuhan Covid-19 virus, the delivery of these trams been delayed, but now it is right on track. Finally.
The new SL18 trams are finally coming to Norway. Soon, they will be testing them on the tramway network in Oslo. Make sure that you bookmark Distrita for getting the latest news regarding that.
The Tramway network in Oslo needs this upgrade badly
Norway’s capital, Oslo, has only about 600,000 inhabitants, though in the whole metropolitan area there are about a million. This means that the city needs a great public transportation system. The tramway network in Oslo is one of the world’s oldest and it is one of the systems that haven’t changed much even in the 1970s when the fall of tramway systems happened all over the world.
Because of its age and because of politicians discussing way more than getting things done. The tramway network isn’t as well maintained as other tramway networks. But this seems to change with the new SL18 arrival I hope.
When you pay for the public transportation ticket in Oslo, you can take the tramlines of the town anywhere you want. Either by buying a single ticket, day ticket, or a 7 days ticket to name a few. It is free to jump to the metro, bus, train, or boats within the Zone 1 which covers all parts of Oslo including Fornebu and the entire metro network.
Interesting facts about the Oslo tramway
- The entire network length is 42.5 km
- 6 lines that are numbered: 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19
- 1435 mm gauge. Same as with the metro and train gauge in Norway.
- Rolling stock info: SL-79 (Duewag; Strømmens Værksted; 22 m); SL-95 (Ansaldo; 33 m, low-floor); SL-18 (CAF Urbos – on order) and now SL18
The Oslo tramway connects with the Metro nearby Jar station where it shares track with the metro to Bekkestua where tramway line 13 turns. However, an odd thing is that Ringstabekk isn’t served by tram line 13. Just Metro Line 3.
SL18 will turn Oslo to a nicer city.