Kit BK40: Brussels 5000 series original body built 1935
- The 5000 class was ordered early in 1935 to be ready to carry the huge
crowds that were expected for the 1935 World Fair. The order was for 25
double-truck wooden-bodied fast trams, mounted on license-built Brill 84E
trucks. These were the first bogie trams in Brussels. The builder was
Ateliers de La Dyle et Bacalan at Louvain, Belgium and the class were
numbered 5001 - 5025. Delivery came on time and the cars proved to be good,
fast and reliable, as expected. They lasted to the end of the downtown city
routes in 1976, when the North-South pre-metro tunnel opened.
- However, some vehicles were altered to various extents according to
circumstances. 5006 and 5023 were rebodied in steel in 1964-65 following
accident damage and were rebuilt in the streamlined style (BEC-KITS 32) of the then classic Brussels P.C.C. class
7000 series (BEC-KITS 31). 5020 and 5021 were given
quite similar bodies (BEC-KITS 32) a little earlier
for the same reasons.
- 5001 was altered in the late forties to feature a third centre door to
test the 'Peter Witt' passenger flow method which was to be used on the
then projected P.C.C. class 7000 fleet. 5018 was altered in 1948-49 to
feature a streamlined body (composite wood/aluminium), also foreseeing the
projected fleet of class 7000. This car only had 2 sets of doors.
Kit special features
- This kit has two unmotorised bogies. A matching pair of MEEQ motorised bogies is available
- The whitemetal trolley pole supplied is non-working.
- Decals are supplied for the Brussels livery.
- Other kits for Brussels are also available:
- This particular kit is suitable for fleet numbers: 5002-5005, 5007-5017,
5019, 5022, 5024, 5025. The kit corresponds to the 1950 to 1976 vintage
exterior style, as earlier cars were not fitted with air-operated folding
doors. Among the class, several are preserved. 5001, 5008, 5018, 5025 are
at Brussels Woluwe Museum. 5019 is at Amsterdam's EMA Museum Line and 5016
is in the UK.
- The cars only had trolley poles in service but more recently, as a museum
tram (better described as a Party-Tram) 5001 received a livery advertising
the Woluwe Museum in apple green and yellow, with large full-side
advertising boards and a single-arm pantograph to allow it to operate over
all the Brussels system.
- Friswell, N C (ed). 2007. Tramway Review No. 211 September 2007. (5000
series article) LRTA. ISSN 0041-1019.
- Hoogerhuijs, Herman van't. 1996. Trammaterieel in Nederland en België.
(Page 84) De Alk bv, Alkmaar. ISBN 90 6013 948 8.
- Taplin, M.R. 1977.Small photograph of 5019 at Woluwe in Brussels on page
19 of January 1977 issue of Modern Tramway. L.R.T.L.
- Further information on the Brussels cars may be obtained from MUPDOFER
at MUPDOFER A.S.B.L., Boîte Postale 1343, B-1000, Bruxelles 1, Belgium.
Please enclose two international reply coupons. We would like to thank M.
Alain Piette of Brussels for his help in supplying information and
photographs used in the design of this kit.
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