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Many were withdrawn with the arrival of second-hand German cars but some survived well into the new Millennium.
Romania's pioneering tramway system: Timisoara was the first tramway in what is now Romania with horse trams inaugurating a service between Cetate (city centre) and Fabric in 1869.
The present RATT fleet is one of the most interesting and presently comprises a selection of secondhand Hansa articulated units and Wegmann Stadtbahn trams from Bremen, Rathgeber articulated units from Munich, and Düwag or Rastatt GT6 or GT8 articulated cars from Karlsruhe (orig. The former German cars were fully refurbished prior to entering service and the majority were painted into Timisoara's traditional livery of cadmium yellow, with pale yellow and white relief, or in advertising liveries.
From 2007 trams began appearing in a revised livery of lilac and white, Tram Club Banat was established in 2000 to promote the preservation of the tramways in the Banat.
The network expanded in line with the growth of the city's industrial facilities and residential districts.
It extended north and east via Piata Traian into Fabric and to Timisoara-Est station (1909-1915), north from Cetate into the Mehala district (1923) , then west from there to Ronat (1948).
Older 2-axle cars were modernised from 1958, being transformed into new higher capacity "Pioner" T4 and T5 trams by the Timisoara workshops(now ITT).
Most of RATB's extensive fleet of Timis 2 cars have now been withdrawn, though a few remain in the compound of the Timisoara Tramway Museum at RATT's Take Ionescu depot together with an interesting selection of historic vehicles (see below).
In 1970 the prototype of the Timis 2 bogie cars emerged from the workshops (now ITCVTT) and entered service.
This lead to the large scale production of Timis 2 cars in conjunction with Electrometal Timisoara (Electrotimis) for Timisoara and many other Romanian tramways, both metre and standard gauge.
Albtalbahn 9), Düwag (1959) articulated set still in Karksruhe livery / Former Bremen 3508, Wegmann Stadtbahn car (1973) at Piata Victoriei / Former Miünchen 2504,at Nalta Verde in the current lilac, white and black RATT livery Routes were curtailed, diverted or replaced with buses from 2004-2010 due to a major investment and modernisation programme.
All tracks and trackbed are being replaced section by section.Tramway tours including tours of systems with special or historic vehicles for groups of enthusiasts can be organised through our recommended agents.