ЛМ-99 (71-134)

LM-99 (71-134) is a passenger one-way four-axle tram car, built at the St. Petersburg Tram-Mechanical Plant (Russia). The first prototype was built in 1999, serial production began in 2000 and ended in the second half of 2008. In 2005, the car was restyled. This version of the LM-99 is often called “bee” in everyday life because of the yellow-black color scheme originally proposed by the designers; earlier versions of the LM-99 received the nickname “grasshopper” (green color) for similar reasons. LM-99 trams operate in St. Petersburg, Kemerovo, Kolomna, Novosibirsk, Osinniki, Salavat, Smolensk, Taganrog, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Khabarovsk.

The operation of these cars in Kazan and Komsomolsk-on-Amur was discontinued in 2016-19. In Kazan – replaced by 71-407-01 and 71-623, in Komsomolsk-on-Amur – they do not work, due to the complete stop of tram traffic in the city, since October 2018.

In 2019, replica cars were made from two LM-99AVN cars, imitating the appearance of LM-33 cars for use on the tourist route.

Since 2021, a major overhaul of LM-99AVN cars has been carried out in St. Petersburg. A distinctive feature of the modernized cars is the absence of pneumatic equipment.

Assembly: Петербургский трамвайно-механический завод (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Years of production: 1998—2008

Production: 325 units

Length: 15,000 mm

Width: 2500 mm 

Height: 3080 mm

Track gauge: 1524 mm

Capacity: 207 passengers (19 seats)

Power: 4× 50 kW

Max speed: 75 km/h

Weight: 19,900 kg

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