Kit BK32: Brussels rebodied class 5000 series bogie cars
- 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
- 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.
- All were immediately pressed into service on the exhibition routes. They
lasted to the end of the downtown city routes in 1976, when the North-South
pre-metro tunnel opened.
- These original series 5000 cars may be built from BEC-KITS number 40.
- Following severe damage, some cars were rebuilt after the war. These
rebuilds varied widely and only cars 5006, 5020, 5021 and 5023 can be made
from this kit. 5006 and 5023 were rebodied in steel in 1964-65 following
accident damage and were rebuilt in the streamlined style of the then
classic Brussels P.C.C. class 7000 series (BEC-KITS
number 31). 5020 and 5021 were given quite similar bodies a little
earlier for the same reasons.
- Other rebuilds included 5001, which kept its wooden body but 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.
- 5016 was completely rebuilt inside, while keeping its original wooden
- 5018 was altered in 1948-49 as the first prototype of the new Belgian
designed car, based on the P.C.C. patents. This car had a mixed
construction streamlined body (composite wood/aluminium) and, depending on
the period, P.C.C. or other experimental trucks and electrical equipment.
This car only had 2 sets of doors and is now at the Brussels Tramway
Museum, Woluwe depot.
- In 1976, the four rebodied cars, which can be modelled from our kit, were
withdrawn from service and subsequently converted into works cars (towing
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. Later, this was
replaced by a single arm pantograph. The working pantograph in the
photograph is not supplied but can be purchased separately using SOM938.
- Decals are supplied for Brussels.
- Other similar kits for Brussels are also available:
- Either the 1960 rebuilds or 1964 rebuilds can be made from the parts
supplied in this kit.
- The later version can be modelled by carefully removing the ribbing on
the front and rear fenders (this applies only to some rebodied cars,
depending on the date chosen for the model).
- The 1960 rebuilds do not have the rubber window inserts and for exact
accuracy these should be carefully filed away.
- 1960 rebuilding: (earlier version) cars 5020 and 5021 have the
traditional trolley base part 14a, no rubber window inserts, fenders
filed or not.
- 1964 rebuilding: (later version) cars 5006 and 5023 have the P.C.C.
trolley base part 14, together with rubber window inserts and levelled
- 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.
- Van den Ostende, Carlos, & Pattyn, Willy. 2000. 50 Jaar/Ans PCC Deel
2: Belgian cities & rest of Europe. (Page 7) H. K. (Luxembourg) S. A.
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