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 T-69 fleet [1].

Number built: 21
Built: 2012-15
Builder: CAF
Motor: 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 Birmingham Snow Hill to Birmingham New Street railway station. They are slightly wider than the T-69s they replaced (about seventeen centimetres) thus the line had to be closed for a few weeks to allow for platform modifications before the Urbos 3 could enter service. They are also nine metres longer and can carry up to two hundred and ten passengers per tram compared to one hundred and fifty six on the T-69 (though the actual number of seats is almost the same).

CAF have developed rechargable batteries to the fleet to allow them to operate on future extensions to the line where there are no overhead wires [2]. The batteries are now been fitted to the fleet.
Tram #31 in the new TfWM Midland Metro blue livery

#34 outside Birmingham New Street

At the Stephenson Street spur

#31 arrives at Jewellery Quarter

#17 and a friend at The Hawthorns

#21 with battery packs on the roof
[1] Colin J Marsden, Rail Guide 2016 (Ian Allan, 2016) p. 280
[2] Colin J Marsden (ed.), Light Rail (Key Publishing, 2018) p. 63