The beautiful city of
Milan is an industrial and commercial centre situated in northern Italy and is
the regional capital of Lombardy. It has
a large historic city centre surrounded by numerous suburbs which are served by
a comprehensive tram, bus, trolleybus and Metro service. Milan is only some 20 km from Lake Como and
the other Italian lakes, so makes a superb destination for the lover of
transport or for those just seeking a relaxing holiday! All public transport in Milan is run by ATM
(Azienda Trasporti Milanesi). The
current tram fleet is made up of trams covering a period of almost 90
years. The Peter Witt designed
tramcars were built by six different manufactures, Breda being one of them. Known
as the ATM Class 1500, they were first introduced in 1928 and still operate
today, most having been refurbished, but to their original style. The ATM Class 4600 and 4700 were built in the
1950s by OM Stanga and Breda.
The ATM Class 4900 were built in the 1970s either by Fiat or OM
Stanga. This class are currently
being rebuilt to include air conditioning, new windows, floors and seats and
are in a smart stylish livery, which you will see on this programme. They are all high floor trams with limited
accessibility as they were built as light rail vehicles for future light rail
schemes, but these schemes were never built.
Modern low floor trams are ATM Class 7000 Adtranz Eurotram and
the ATM Class 7100, 7500 and 7600, which are Ansaldobreda Sirio cars of
On this second
programme we take a look at the trolleybuses.
There are currently four routes, which operate to the eastern side of
the city. The trolleybuses seen on this
programme are: Socimi 8834 (100 series fleet numbers), Bredabus F04 (200
series), CAM Busotto MAN NGT 204F (300 series), Irisbus
Cristalis (400 series) and Van Hool AG300T (700 series). All are articulated and are 18 metres in
length. Our filming starts at the
junction of XXII Marzo Viale Corsica and Viale Umbria. Here we see both the
trams and trolleybuses crossing the junction.
We then board trolleybus 119 for the journey to Piazzale Lodi for more
filming. We continue on 739 and 711 to
the Piazza Graziadio Isaia Ascoli for more action. Our next journey is on board 705 to the busy
junction of Via Degli Imbriani and Piazza Giovanni Bausan. Our cameras then take rides on trams 4714,
1688 and 1670 to Piazza Castello with lots of filming in-between! With more action recorded in the city centre
we travel on tram 7515 to Piazza Napoli and Via Carlo Troya to see more tram
and trolleybus action and then return to the city centre on tram 7632. We now travel out to the terminus of tram
line 27 on board rebuilt Fiat Ferroviaria
tram 4943. You will see the excellent
job that has been done on these forty year old trams making them feel brand
new! Once back in the city centre we
film the busy streets of Piazza Cordusio, Via Dante and Via Torino. As on Part 1, there are subtitles with
details of each location and vehicle type.
We hope you have enjoyed your journey to sample the delights of the
beautiful city of Milan.