Midland Metro Urbos 3

The Urbos 3 fleet is the second generation of light rail rolling stock built for the Midland Metro from Wolverhampton to Birmingham, replacing the earlier T69 fleet [1].

Number built: 21
Built: 2012-15
Builder: CAF
Engine: 12 traction motors (750v DC OHLE)
Power: 1, 320 hp (960 kW)

The Urbos is a successful type built by CAF used in dozens of light rail systems across the world though the Midland Metro fleet is the only Urbos 3 stock used in England (the type is also used in Edinburgh).

They were introduced for the extension of the Midland Metro from Snow Hill to New Street in Birmingham. They are slightly wider than the T69s they replaced thus the line had to be closed for a few weeks to allow for platform modifications before the Urbos 3 could enter service.

CAF are working on retro-fitting rechargable batteries to the fleet to allow them to operate on future extensions to the line where there are no overhead wires.
Number 34 outside Birmingham New Street

At the Stephenson Street spur

Number 31 arrives at Jewellery Quarter

Side view at Jewellery Quarter

At Bull Street

Number 17 and a friend at The Hawthorns

[1] Colin J Marsden, Rail Guide 2016 (Ian Allan, 2016) p. 280