We'll start in Genoa, in Italy. David wrtes:
This is Genoa in Italy where I went in the May Day bank holiday, the municipal operator runs a fleet of buses, dual mode trolleybuses that can run with the poles down on a diesel engine and an underground metro system, not all are low floor though, see the photo of a high floor Iveco single-decker!
|The aforementioned Iveco high flor single decker pic (c) David Squire|
|The catchily named BredaMcnarinibus pic (c) David Squire|
|Ah even I know what that one is pic (c) David Squire|
Vilnius is the capital, operating both trolleybuses - mainly high floor with some newer low floor examples, plus a really motley assortment of buses, numerous secondhand low floor examples wear their former operators colours and fleetnames in some cases. There are two trolleybus depots in Vilnius, Kaunus as the second city is a lot smaller but still operates trolleys as well as trams. EU money has improved the rail network, although, amazingly a brand new extremely high floor 2 carriage train operates a shuttle from Vilnius to the airport, the running time is 8 minutes, so using normal rules of scheduling, we'd expect a half hourly frequency to be maintained, oh no, it is hourly with non-clockface departures so the unit sits around for more minutes per hour than it is mobile!!
The following pics are from Vilnius.
|A trolleybus in Vilnus Pic (c) David Squire|
|This is an officially preserved vehicle pic (c) David Squire|
|A much newer Solaris tri-axle pic (c) David Squire|
|A Berkhof bodied Volvo bendibus pic (c) David Squire|
We finish with a trip to another Lithuanian city - Kaunus. David writes;
This selection from Kaunus, the bus park at the station contained what we thought were scrappers only to see them in use on the pm peak!! Enjoy!
|A vintage Scania pic (c) David Squire|
|The only positive ID is the VolvoB10M in the middle! pic (c) David Squire|
Once again many thanks to David for the pictures. Tomorrow a 7/7 tribute