Here are the technical informations about the ex-trolleybus from Ghent (Belgium) now in Plovdiv:Vehicle Type: Van Hool AG 280T
Total number of passengers: 138 (46 sitting, 92 standing)
Weight= 1st axle: 4.456 Kg, 2nd axle: 7.690 Kg, 3rd 4.420 total= 16.670 Kg
Total length: 17,90 m
Width: 2,49 m
Height (poles lowered) 3,40 m
Traction motor: ACEC
Electrical power: 188 Kw/h
Diesel generator: HATZ 4L 40Z
4 cilinders / max 2.800 RPM
Power: 56 kw
Alternator: ACEC 47,5 Kw, 375 v
Maximum speed (trolley mode): 60 km/h
Brake energy recovery: NO
Pneumatic control of the trolley poles: yes
Vehicle build by Van Hool
Electrical parts : ACEC
Poles / trolley heads/retrievers: Delachaux (the original trolley heads have been replaced in Plovdiv)
Vehicles build in 1988, put into service in march 1989.
Price per unit (in 1988): 550.000 euros
Now, a few pictures of the vehicles in service in Belgium. The first picture was taken on friday 27th of november 2009 during a ride with the museum trolleybus (number 08). The picture shows two vehicles: a new Van Hool trolleybus (for Milan , Italy) during tests in Ghent and next to it trolleybus 08. On the same picture, the first generation of trolleybus from Van Hool (the blue one) and next to it, the latest generation (green trolley).
Now a few pictures of the vehicles in Ghent:
And now a few pictures of the farewell to the trolleybus on june 14 th 2009, the official date of the closure of the trolleybus line. They have now been replaced by a mix of diesel and hybrid buses. This line should be converted back to tram in 15-20 years........
If you have any comments or questions, feel free to ask. I will be more than happy to answer you.