Battery-fitted trams for Oklahoma

THE new light rail system in Oklahoma City opened on December 14, 2018, and is operated as two loops: a 7.8km north-south Downtown Loop, which also shares tracks with almost all of the route used by the 3.2km Bricktown Loop in the Bricktown entertainment district. 

Oklahoma Streetcar 201804 leaving the Memorial Museum stop running on battery power in Oklahoma City on June 28. Behind the tram is the site of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building. It was destroyed by a terrorist bomb in 1995, which killed 168 people. KEITH FENDER

The system is electrified at 740V DC except for several short non-electrified sections at locations where overhead wires are not (or cannot be) installed. 

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Sam Hewitt