In Pictures: The new 399 202 enters service

They say a week is a long time in politics, well it seems that a day is a long time on tramways as no sooner had we reported about the creation of an all new Citylink tram-train in Sheffield than it enters service on Stagecoach Supertram! The new 399 202 has got the tram-train wheel profiles and was used for the first time in service on the Tram-Train service between Cathedral and Rotherham Parkgate on Tuesday 18th December.

As we reported yesterday the new tram-train is made up of two thirds of 399 202 and one third of 399 204, both of which suffered damage during separate collisions at Woodbourn Road in October and November of this year. With two vehicles out of service it was decided to make one good tram-train out of the two so as not to reduce the operational fleet too heavily. The other sections – those which suffered the most damage – remain in the depot yard but since our last report have now been connected together. This Citylink is made up of two thirds of 399 204 and one third of 399 202.

As we presumed yesterday the new tram-train has taken the number of the greater sum of its parts and so is known as 399 202 although the side vehicle number on one end remains as 999 204 and it hasn’t received the Theo name as carried by 399 202 before the accident. The new 399 202 is part of the tram-train fleet.

The new 399 202 at Cathedral. This end is the former 399 204.

The old side number 999 204 still in situ.

At the depot and the damaged parts of the two tram-trains have now been connected together. (All Photographs by Stuart Cooke)

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