|at the Gare St Jean - pantograph collection|
|in Rue Vital Carles - third rail collection|
One of the first things you notice is that the 750 Volt current collection is either via a traditional pantograph or a less conventional third rail - APS (Alimentation par le sol) - at the level of the pavement like the two running rails, used in different parts of the system. The third rail is only energised in sections when the tram is over it. Given the amount of dirt, ice and extraneous matter the third rail must be subject to, we assume the overhead wire is superior, so the visual reasons for the third rail in some city streets must have been compelling.
Tramsets consist of 12 x five-car articulated sets of 480 kW output and 62 x seven-car articulated sets of 720 kW output, running on standard gauge, and made by Alstom.
Significant extensions to the system are underway. (Geoff Churchman)
|parallel departure at the Porte de Bourgogne - third rail collection|