Friday 17 June 2011

Italian Holiday June 2011

A ten day holiday touring the Rome & Sorrento areas of Italy povided some interesting transport related subjects for photography too.

Buswise, the best photo was that of an open topper in Rome about to work a city sightseeing service.

Registered as DT 614ZH, she is a Volvo B7L with Ayats Bravo City bodywork and is pictured in Rome on the 7th June.

Three days earlier we went on a tour of the Amalfi Coast where we found the following unidentified single deck open topper in Amalfi town, also on sightseeing duties.

A visit to the Isle of Capri found a number of orange minibuses negotiating the twisting and narrow roads of the island. Operated by ATC (Azienda Transporti Compana) these three, comprising a FIAT and two Iveco tectors were awaiting their next duty in Capri itself on the 3rd June

Travelling on to Rome for the second part of the holiday, I had the opportunity to photograph some of the trams. The tram system is operated by Azienda Tramviara Autofiloviaria Comunale (or ATAC) and operates along six routes. My photographs were taken on the 19 route between Piazza Dei Gerani and Piazza Risorgimento on the 8th June

I was fortunate in that my first photo was that of what appears to be of a vintage tram (number 2035) heading towards Piazza Risorgimento on 8th June. Subsequent research shows it to be one of five remaining 1935 vintage 2000 series 4 axle cars with 2035 being a 'school tram' but available for charters.

The second and third photos include tram 9015 on Via Ottaviano. 9015 is a member of the 9000 series or the Socimi classs delivered between 1990 and 1992. The first shows 9015 nearing the Ottaviano/Barletta stop whilst the second shows her picking up passengers there whilst Stanga class 7017 heads in the opposite direction.

The final photograph shows one of the more modern 9200 series trams. Number 9250, manufactured by FIAT in the early 1990s, is seen at the Piazza Risorgimento terminus in the company of  Socimi class 9016.

From the destination blind it looks as though it has (or is about to) undertake a schools service.

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