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The trolleys of Mendoza, Argentina

Jorge sent along a photo of a German trolley shipped to Mendoza in 1989. Taken by Osvaldo Manoli, of the Argentinian friends of trams association.

Jorge sent along a photo of a German trolley shipped to Mendoza in 1989. Taken by Osvaldo Manoli, of the Argentinian friends of trams association.

So here’s a quick third part to the saga of the retired trolleys. Yesterday, I got an email from Jorge Guevara, from the Mendoza transit agency that bought our retired trolley buses! He promised to send pictures when our trolley buses arrive, and also sent me a few photos of the trolleys in Mendoza, which he said I could share with all of you.

And here they are, the trolleys of Empresa Provincial de Transportes de Mendoza! (That’s the name of Mendoza’s transit agency, if you didn’t know.)

A trolley in the Mendoza system. Photo from Jorge Guevara.

A trolley in the Mendoza system. Photo from Jorge Guevara.

Edit: A reader emailed me to say the above bus is a Russian ZIU5 or 9, which he described as a very common model in the former Soviet bloc and often exported.

Another trolley in the Mendoza system. Hey, it looks like the German trolley! Photo from Jorge Guevara.

Another trolley in the Mendoza system. Hey, it looks like the German trolley! Photo from Jorge Guevara.

Yes, another trolley in the Mendoza system! Photo from Jorge Guevara.

Yes, another trolley in the Mendoza system! Photo from Jorge Guevara.

And one more trolley from Mendoza. Photo from Jorge Guevara.

And one more trolley from Mendoza. Photo from Jorge Guevara.

A little Googling also digs up this little article by Jorge about the history of the trolley system in Mendoza. Very interesting!

And if you’ve missed the earlier posts on our retired trolleys, check them out here:

Edit: Here’s a late addition. Jorge just sent me another photo:

Opening day of the trolley line from Las Heras - Godoy Cruz in 2004. Photo from Jorge Guevara.

Opening day of the trolley line from Las Heras - Godoy Cruz in 2004. Photo from Jorge Guevara.


2 Comments

  • By Steven in San Diego, January 15, 2011 @ 3:56 am

    On January 12th, San Diego California’s Metropolitan Transit
    System (MTS) began loading 11 (light railway trolley cars)
    onto flatbed trucks for shipment to Mendoza, Argentina.
    The trolleys are more than 20 years old and were sold for
    $3.3 million dollars. Source: San Diego Union Tribune 1/14/11.

  • By Steven in San Diego, January 15, 2011 @ 4:21 am

    The light rail vehicles (LRV’s) from San Diego, were
    purchased for use on the City of Mandoza’s new light rail
    transit line that is scheduled to begin operations sometime
    this year. The San Diego cars will go by truck to Houston,
    by boat to Buenos Aires, and then by truck to Mendoza.
    Source: sdmts.com September 2, 2010 news.

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