POTSDAM Transport (ViP) ordered a fleet of 48 modular Combino trams from Siemens Verkehrstechnik on December 12. They will be delivered in annual batches of four between 1998 and 2009.The Potsdam version is 30·5m long and 2·3m wide, with 74 seats and room for 110 standees at 4/m2. Powered trucks are fitted at each end and a non-driving truck supports the centre module with pantograph (below). Empty weight will be 31 tonnes. Siemens was bidding against Adtranz, which was offering a 70% low-floor Variobahn, and DWA Bautzen working with MGB and Kiepe Elektrik. The Siemens Combino bid and the offer from DWA were closest, and despite political pressure at the Brandenburg Land level to give preference to cars ‘with a high local content’, the ViP board decided to adhere strictly to European tendering criteria. The final price for the first 12 cars is reported to be DM2·9m each.Berlin Transport will this year complete rebuilding of its 447 Tatra trams. The last Type T6A2 was handed over by Mittenwalder Gerätebau on December 18. o
The 7th edition of the annual JOY Sports Invitational tournament has been scheduled for November 23 at the El Wak stadium.The most credible and reliable corporate games in Ghana have seen over 15 companies registering for the seventh edition which which makes it even competitive all the more.This year’s edition will see the introduction of new sporting discipline for the various Chief Executive Officers. There will be Football, Athletics (relay), volleyball and Basketball for all participating companies.The competition has never seen one company defending trophies won in previous editions. Global Access Savings and Loans, winners of last year’s football event are bent of defending it this year and they will face stiff opposition from companies such as Lucozade Sports, ABL, Sweden Ghana Medical Centre, SDC Group and Donewell Life Company all of whom are ready to battle for silverware. Meanwhile, the focus will be on the Team Multimedia who have already declared a sporting war on all contenders for this season’s title.