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  1. [Austria] Vienna Streetcar

    Some varied pictures of the Vienna Streetcar system from the last months. E1 stock + c4 stock A nightly view into Tokiostraße (Tokyo Street) with E1 4858 with c4 1318 in Prandaugasse stop. Some trivia to this little 1km (0.62mi) stretch: It was opened in late 2012 and is actually going to "celebrate" its fifth "birthday" on 21 December. As you can derive from "Tokio Street", all street names in this little neighborhood are Japan-themed (except for the stop name). E1 4774 waits with c4 1323 for their departure in Stammersdorf loop. The first steam streetcar line was opened from the city center to the outskirts of the city in the 1880s. Stammersdorf is one of Vienna's Heurigendörfern (= a village with many taverns that sell homegrown wine (which are called "Heuriger" (sg.) or "Heurigen" (pl.))) – you will find these in many tourist guides, although I for myself have never been to a Heuriger (at least not in Vienna). E1 4548 with c4 1370 in Urban-Loritz-Platz after operating as a special service for a soccer match. This picture actually has a cute little anecdote to tell: When I took this picture (and several other pictures – just in case, one was for some reason ugly), I didn't realize the operator actually came out to switch the points (is that right? My smart dictionary tells me, that this expression is "British" ...) in the direction of the depot. While I grabbed my tripod to go to the stop in the right, the operator came to me asking, if I could switch the points for her – I'd thought it would be easier until then! An autumnal shot. No, the EU didn't become part of the new British Empire: In Vienna, streetcars tend to switch from driving on the right to driving on the left, so passengers don't have to cross the tracks for getting to the subway station and vice versa. Fortunately, my school canceled all lessons in the morning, which gave me the chance to spot some rush-hour-trains heading back into the depot. One of them was E1 4855 with c4 1351 on line 26, they will reach the depot entry soon and have already dropped all passengers, which can also be indicated by the open first door – the operator obviously wanted some fresh air. After seemingly all elementary school pupils of Vienna emerged from E1 4791 and c4 1328 (which reminded me a little bit of this scene from the "Life of Brian", the set finally came near enough so I could take this picture. Unfortunately, the sun clearly glared the operators face. E2 stock + c5 stock E2 4319 and c5 1519 under the railway-bridge at Radetzkyplatz. Radetzky is a famous imperial Austrian field marshal of the first half of the 19th century, you may have heard the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss Sen., which is "shockingly" named after him. On the railway bridge is a ÖBB class 4020 of the Viennese S-Bahn (formerly known as "Schnellbahn"/"Rapid Railway" – a suburban railway kind of comparable to Paris' RER-network). E2 4029 with c5 1429 on 12-February-Square. The square is named after 12 February 1934, the start of the three-day Austrian civil war between the austrofascist government and units of the social-democratic paramilitary. E2 4066 and c5 1466 eagerly waiting for their departure on the other end of the line mentioned earlier, that was opened as a steam streetcar line. Second Generation-ULF (A1, B1) A1 127 at Praterstern. The name compounds "Prater" (a large recreation and amusement area nearby – you maybe know the famous ferris wheel, which is the oldest still operating in the whole world!) and "Stern" (star), because at the time this square was designed, major streets and boulevards joined here to form a star. Unfortunately, the street layout resembles more a "Praterkreis" (Prater circle) than an actual star ... A1 69 and B1 723 in Volkstheater (People's theatre) loop. The imperial Hofburg palace and seat of the president nowadays can be glimpsed in the background behind the streetcars. B1 763 at Schwarzenbergplatz. An interesting landmark can be seen in the background: The Soviet War Memorial (or Heroes' Monument of the Red Army) was quickly erected by said army after they liberated Vienna in April 1945. It is colloquially known as the "Russians' Memorial" and had some other colloquial names in the past. A funny side note here: There's another Soviet memorial in Vienna depicting Stalin's head on the house, where he lived in in 1913 (remember: Vienna is the city, where "all" dictators (Hitler, Stalin and Tito lived here for some time) may have unwittingly met each other at one point). After De-Stalinization began in the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev asked for the removal of that plaque, but as the Austrian State Treaty obliged Austria to maintain all Soviet memorials, the local authorities declined his request. B1 735 just came out of Kagran depot and meaningfully displays Kagran as its destination – the operator changed it to the correct one certainly.
  2. [Austria] Vienna Bus network

    It's time for some new pictures from Vienna. As mentioned on August 26th, the new tranche of solo Citaro 2 will replace the MAN Lion's City busses on my local line 27A. Now, I've waited for a long time, since the press release stated, that they would be in operation by fall. Just in time, 10 days before winter starts, Wiener Linien switched line 27A from the LPG busses to the new Mercedes today. The Citaros are arguably a great leap forward in passenger and resident comfort: On the passengers' side, they offer more space and quicker boarding, while on the residents' side (which includes me), they are so much quieter. In some nights, I've heard the loud LPG-busses starting from 200 meters (~219 yards) away as if they were right next to me. Two Citaros have done an interesting "guest performance" on my regular line 94A (which brings me more or less directly from the subway to my technical college) in November, as two busses where at the workshops then. This is special, because so called "Leihwagen" (busses that are "lent" from one line to another) aren't really unusual, but they usually just stay for a few days on the line instead for a whole month. I personally am very glad that they're gone again, as their seats are less comfortable than the ones of the Lion's Cities, that operate normally on this line. The two busses where BD-13941 and BD-13960. Wiener Linien have announced today, that Italian bus manufacturer Rampini won the bid for seven 12m (40ft) electric busses. Twelve Rampini busses are already in operation in the city center, but they are in comparison just 7.72m (~25ft) long. I hope, the new 12m busses will somewhat resemble the shorter ones, so there would be a consistent design for diesel and electric busses.
  3. I was in Graz today, to visit my friend there and ride with the christmas-streetcar and the St. Nicholas streetcar. Here are some pictures of the Graz network (which consists only of streetcars and busses). Let's start with the St. Nicholas special service: The christmas streetcar: And some pictures of regular services: I hope you like the pictures!
  4. I thought it's time for the "presentation" of the Vienna Subway - which is Wiener U-Bahn (lit. Viennese Underground Railway) in German. That's why, next to every subway station entrance, there is a U-Bahn Würfel (Subway Cube) erected. Like in this picture on the right. The blue encircled bold U is the official logo of the network at the same time. Vienna didn't have a subway network until 1978, but technically you can count the 1898-opened Stadtbahn (City Railway) as the first subway in Vienna. A good animation of the line openings can be found here, while it's not quite up to date, as it lacks the latest two extensions. The network consists of basically two systems today, having a combined length of 83.1km (51.64mi) and 98 stations (109 if you count every line extra at interchange stations). Why two systems you ask? It's simple: Line U1 - U4 are operated with 2.8m wide trains and are equipped with high platforms. The trains also get their power through a third rail and are semi-automatically operated, the operator only has to monitor the passenger interchange in a station. And then there's line U6, which is operated with streetcar-like light rail vehicles. They are narrower than their counterparts on the other lines and are operated manually. This is a reminiscent of the previous Stadtbahn-system, because it would have cost too much to retrofit that line for the bigger trains. And that's how the network looks today: Five lines (U1 - U4, U6), five different rolling stock classes. Rolling Stock U11 stock The U11 stock (they should have been classified as U1 stock, but the responsible persons feared, that they this name could be mistaken with the line ... yes. Sure.) consists of 117 twin motor cars, that were designated the numbers 2201+3201 - 2317+3317. They are the second generation of the design award-winning "Silberpfeil" (Silver Arrow) and where built between 1986 (prototypes)/1989 and 1997. As such, they were delivered with three-phase motors instead of DC motors and some other improvements. All units where equipped with LED displays on the front and in the interior - there where rollerblinds before, currently they are being refitted with LED front-lights (the one depicted above already has them). U11 stock operates on all lines (U1 - U4). --- U2 (and U) stock The 74 twin motor cars of U2 stock are extensive modernized U stock (first generation "Silberpfeil"). These were the youngest 74 U stock units (2063+3063 - 2136-3136), which were built between 1978 and 1982 - they were basically rebuilt and equipped with state of the art electronics, new three-phase motors and LED displays on the front and in the interior to extend their life span for another 20 years. A quick excursion to the U stock: 136 double motor cars (2001+3001 - 2136+3136) were delivered between 1972 and 1982, they were the first subway generation, had DC motors and rollerblinds until their end of service in 2016. U2 stock operates only on lines U2 and U3, rarely on U1 and U4. --- V stock The V stock is Vienna's newest rolling stock, consisting of 62 six-car units that were built in 2000 (prototype) and between 2006 and 2017. They are the first and only walk-through trains in the whole subway system and the first ones to have air conditioning. The six cars are permanently coupled together in the following layout (however, they can be separated into three two-car units in the workshops): v-car (driving car, odd no.) 3801 - 3923 + V-car (motor car, odd) 2401 - 2523 + V-car (odd) 2801 - 2923 + V-car (even) 2802 - 2924 + V-car (even) 2402 - 2524 + v-car (even) 3802 - 3924. V stock operates on all lines (U1 - U4). --- T and T1 stock The T stock are the first low-floor units on U6, 78 of them (2601 - 2678) were built between 1992 and 2000. In service, they operate in a set of four cars. They were refitted with LED display on the front and in the interior in the early 2010's. The local transport authority has recently signed a contract for rebuilding all of them with new electrics and motors, but without air conditioning, which is a shame. The T1 stock is the further development of the T stock, having new motors, air conditioning and LCD/LED displays built in from the first day on. 66 units where built between 2007 and 2009 and from 2013 to 2014. To guarantee, that every set consists of at least two air conditioned units, they operate in T1+T+T+T1 layout in the summer. --- Hope you liked this little introduction to the Vienna Subway. Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions you might have! I'm planning to show you the architecture of the system next, but I don't know when I'll find time to do so, hopefully in the near future.
  5. [Austria] Vienna Bus network

    The new extra long Mercedes-Benz busses (NG265XLMB - how creative ...) are in passenger operation since Monday on 11B. Guess who did a test ride today? 8511 has just left its first stop on its way to Friedrich-Engels-Square. Yes, you are right. That Friedrich Engels who co-founded Communism. Now, as all of you hopefully know, Austria really isn't or ever was a communist country, but this name derives from the interwar period in Vienna, which is known as "Red Vienna". That's when after the founding of the republic, the social democrats ruled over Vienna and put it (or rather the inhabitants) out of its postwar misery by building many apartments to fight homelessness, improved the education, etc. Notable are the "Höfe" of that area ("courts" - municipal tenement complexes) that increased living standard for the poor and workers (e.g. the famous Karl-Marx-Hof, or George Washington-Hof). But enough history, let's go on with the pictures. 8505 at Jungstraße stop. Although the municipal transit authority vaunts with 20% increase in capacity, this could easily be disproved as fake news, because the extra 1.5 meters aren't really that revolutionary and room making. 8506 at Lassallestraße stop. Due to them being long vehicles, they are only allowed to drive on few authorised routes, which is why they have to have the encircled R with a yellow background on the front and back. And last but not least: 8508 while turning into Vorgartenstraße (Dooryard/Front Garden Street).
  6. [Austria] Vienna Streetcar

    As mentioned before, on last Friday and Saturday were two major network changes, which were celebrated with two special heritage services each and a special service of an E1 + c3 stock set. End of Line 58 Streetcar line 58 once connected the outer borough of Hietzing with West Station and the city center. First operated as line 58 on 13 October 1908 - after the start of the line name reform in 1907 - the route was shortened to West Station in 1993, when the new extension of U3 replaced the streetcar between West Station and the city center. In the very same year, it was also proposed to split the remainder of line 58 at Hietzing subway station, so line 60 would take over the branch to West Station and line 10 the branch into the center of Hietzing. Nevertheless it took politicians 24 years to approve this network restructuring, and on Friday, 1 September 2017, the last day finally started for line 58. The sky was crying over Vienna that afternoon. One of the special services was the decorated E1 4523 + c3 1213 set, here depicted in the West Station loop - in front of a stupidly denglish (Deutsch/German + English) named shopping mall next to the station. Here is A1 86 in Hietzing Main Road leaving a stop. The stop sign line identifier to the right still shows 58, a Wiener Linien van followed the route in the evening and replaced every hint of a line 58 with line 10, respectively 60 on the branch to West Station, signage. A stock 1 (its actual number is 11, but the owning club insists that this is number 1) with m2 stock 5210 were also in service on the afternoon. 30 of the historical A stock motor cars were delivered 1944 to compensate the destroyed cars. This so called "War Streetcars" ("Kriegsstraßenbahnwagen [KSW]") were developed for this purpose at the end of the Third Reich and delivered to many (at that time) German cities. However, the 30 motor cars for Vienna were delivered without a motor - that's why their first time in service was ironically long after the Third Reich collapsed, in December 1945. 50 m2 trailer stock cars were built in 1928, they were in service until 1978. The A stock was originally delivered in a sandy brown unitary livery, here is A 2 with k2 3443. This trailer car was already in service, when Austria still had an emperor! One more picture of this set. This was taken at Hietzing subway station, the streetcar tracks are located on a bridge - which is called Kennedybrücke! (I think you can figure out on your own, who's ment ) Time travel: It's 2 September, shortly after midnight - the best time to take pictures of the last 58 services near the last stop. Here's A1 71 in the penultimate stop. Just before 1am, A1 120 is the last regular 58 streetcar to Unter St. Veit ... ... hadn't there been the known E1 4523 with c3 1213, which was the very last 58 service. Unfortunately, the set didn't stop at the stop from the latter picture, even though he should have according to current regulations. Bye, 58er! The last service of the day of a line was formerly known as "die Blaue" ("the blue"), because they were denoted by a blue plexiglass over the destination signs (on stocks which had ones and not rollerblinds or matrix displays - like the E1). This practice was abandoned in the 90s and since then is only used for the very last service of a line, like here. Partial Abandonment of Line 67 On the same day - 2 September 2017 - the opening of the southern U1 extension was celebrated. But because the official opening was on 10:30am - that's when officials like the CEO of Wiener Linien and dignitaries like the mayor and even the federal chancelor take the first ride - streetcar service had to be obtained until around 11am. One day prior, E2 4082 and c5 1482 stand at Reumannplatz, the future destination of line 67. E1 4523 and c3 1213 were in special service again on Saturday. It was their last service and the last passenger service for the c3 stock. Here the set drives on the provisory tracks next to Troststraße subway station - cityscape interfering ventilation towers can be seen next to the streetcar. M 4077 and k5 3940 were also in service that day. The M stock was the last stock with non-automatic doors, where passengers could get on between the stops, although this was technically prohibited. They, like their trailer car counterpart stocks m2 and m3 were withdrawn from service in December 1978. L4 548 and c3 1261 on the same spot. You know what the blue plexiglass on the destination sign means? The very last 67 streetcar to pass these tracks is on its way to the final stop. Underground, the first subway trains already roll in the same direction. This time, the driver extra stopped for some photographers (me included). The BMW driver on the other hand was a bit impatient and eventually overtook the streetcar. A 180° turn reveals, that the L4+c3 set is also in Troststraße stop. A glimpse of the subway station entrance can be seen in the background. As I've missed this last streetcar, I took the new subway to the next station, I preferred it to the streetcar loop, as there would be EVERY photographer and it wouldn't be fun. Here is M 4077 with k5 3940 at Altes Landgut ("Old Manor"). And here's the last regular service on this branch, B1 747. Again, a 180° turn reveals the vast subway entrance. I will do a post about the extension soon! While I was here, in relation to the final stop uphills, my friend from Graz meanwhile took this picture of the very last exit of a streetcar out of this loop ... ... and I photographed the last 67er here at the known position. Shortly after this set passed Reumannplatz stop, the power was shut down and the catenary removed. I hope you liked this report, which got a little bit longer than I've expected!
  7. [Austria] Vienna Bus network

    A big thanks to you guys. I agree Missabassie, the old ones are boring, rattly and loud - plus, they were still painted in this lame white/red/grey livery. I've gone for a walk today to the nearest bus depot and I certainly won't withhold the pictures I've taken today. Let's start with a picture, that's going to be historic very soon, as new Citaros will replace the old LPG MANs on 27A in September. Depicted above is NL273T3 8684 in a stop (is that how you say it?) next to a extraordinary beautiful new residential building. Its architects clearly knew more than four tones of white/grey. The LPG busses will stay in service for a longer time on 28A, a Monday to Friday line which connects an industrial area with the subway and suburban trains. Here you can see NL273T3 8680 driving down a street without a proper sidewalk - something like that can only be seen in the outskirts of the city and is even there very rare. Finally, here's probably the most interesting point of this whole post: The Leopoldau bus depot. It currently is Wiener Linien's newest bus depot, having opened in 2007 on a former gas plant site far away from any residential area, so no one would be disturbed by the loud noise of the LPG engines - and because it needed space. Much space. 189 busses are parked and maintained here, with 22 day lines (most of them are in the north of Vienna) and 8 night lines being operated by this depot. Because of its remote location, three special services run each day from different parts of the city to the depot, so not everybody has to come with their car. Some workers probably wanted to beautify the entry with a individual touch. The entry and front of the depot, staff parking's to the left, the depot itself extends to the far right. Adjacent to the depot, there's a municipal photovoltaik plant, which probably partially provides the depot with power. NL273T3 8667 and 8673 were already waiting for their service on the earlier mentioned special services for the staff into the city later this day. As I've arrived at the depot at evening, the first busses already started to arrive "at home". NL273T2 8446 just before the depot entry. NG273T4 8070 almost at the final destination of its today service. Hope you liked the little trip to Vienna's newest bus depot!
  8. Last post for today, it's getting late here in central Europe. -- Actually, by the time I've finished this, it's already 24 August here. Vienna's bus network currently consists of 108 day lines, 18 Mo-Fr night lines and 17 weekend and holiday night lines. The day lines have all either an A or a B as postfix. This concept was introduced in the 70's, for one reason to distinguish bus lines from streetcar lines, and to show the passenger, where you can ride with a ticket from the municipal transport authority (A lines) or where you have to buy a ticket, because the line is operated by a private company (B lines). This distinguishion got obsolete, once the private operators accepted the standard tickets. Today, the two letters often show lines that share a long part of their route (Ex: 92A and 92B), or that support the main line during rush hour. (Ex: 11A and 11B) Streetcar replacement services inherit the number of the line they replace, and have an E (for "Ersatz" - Replacement) as prefix. (Ex: 67E) Buses don't do replacement services for subways very often, but when they do, the local transport company gets pretty creative (and ridiculous). For example: Last year, parts of subway line U4 have been refurbished and there wasn't any near enough streetcar route, that could have been used for a streetcar replacement service. So the desicion was made, to operate a subway replacement service with buses - genious decision. Then they tought: "How should we call it?" -- "E4?" -- "Nah, that's to obvious. And it's not a replacement service after all, just an additional service ("Zusatz"), let's call it U4Z!" That's pretty much how that weird number came to be. Night line services are numbered pretty simple: They follow a streetcar line (or where once one has been), so they just get the line number of that line and a N prefixed. (Ex: N25) Enough theory, let's get to the busses in service. I apologize that I can only provide enhanced information for Wiener Linien buses, we just have too many private operators with too many busses. Nonetheless I'll show some of them too. Electric Busses NBA 85 (Rampini Alé EL) Please don't ask me, what this type name means, I really don't know. But back to things, I know: These 12 NBA85 are electric mini busses from Siemens and the Italian bus manufacturer Rampini, which only operate on the old city center lines 2A and 3A. They were designated the numbers 8301 - 8312 and have a pantograph on their roof, so they can charge from a special overhead wires that were constructed at the termini of the two lines. Wiener Linien recently ordered 12 meter electric busses for the other old city center line 1A, but I don't know if they will also be manufactured by Rampini and Siemens. Solo LPG busses Wiener Linien operated LPG busses since the 70's, as LPG was cheap at that time due to it being a by-product of a refinery near Vienna. Also, LPG engines used to be much cleaner than diesel engines. NL273T2 60 NL273T2 (NiederflurLinienbus (Low-floor line bus) with 273 HP and 2 doors (Türen)) were built between 2005 and 2008 are by far the greatest mistake recently made by Wiener Linien. Because they have only two doors (usually three doors in Vienna) AND they are driver operated, they spend much longer time at stops than other busses. Although the idea to have two door busses for low frequency lines isn't that bad, the sheer count of them leads to their operation on not-so-low-frequency lines. Fortunately, they get already withdrawn from service and will be definetily gone by 2019, if not earlier. They were designated the numbers 8401 - 8460. NL273T3 95 NL273T3 (3 doors) were built between 2006 and 2009 and designated the numbers 8601 - 8695. They also already gradually get withdrawn from service. Articulated LPG busses NG273M18 Remark: The depicted bus isn't actually a NG273M18, but a NG243M18, but since they've looked pretty much the same, the bus will do his job depicting the now described bus type. 20 NG273M18 (Gelenkbus (Articulated bus), 18 meters long) were built in 2005 and designated the numbers 8267 - 8286. They were kind of the successor to the NG243M18 (8201 - 8266), but while delivering those, a new (stronger) engine was developed, so the last NG243M18 to be deployed became NG273M18. The remaining seven busses only serve on Mo-Fr on 32A and are likely gone by the end of the year. NG273T4 95 NG273T4 (4 doors) were built between 2009 and 2011 and designated the numbers 8001 - 8095. They, like all other LPG busses, get replaced by new diesel busses by 2019. Diesel busses After it became clear, that new LPG busses were not an option for Wiener Linien, since new standard conform engines would have to be developed at high costs, Wiener Linien testes several busses from many different manufacturers. In the end, the choice fell on Mercedes-Benz' Citaro 2 and Citaro 2 G as well as the above mentioned electric busses. There were also 6 hybrid busses ordered from Volvo, but they were withdrawn from service after just two years, because they emitted more pollutants than the new diesel fleet. NL220MB 75 NL220MB (Mercedes-Benz) are currently in service and 53 more are scheduled to start getting delivered by September. They were and will be designated the numbers 8101 - 8228. The delivery of these busses increased comfort for everybody: They are way more silent than the LPG busses, they are equipped with doors that open to the outside - similar to modern streectars - and therefore provide more space inside. NG265MB 142 NG265MB are currently in service and 84 more are scheduled to start getting delivered by September. They were and will be designated the numbers 8701 - 8926. They have all the new benefits of the solo variant. Extra long MB Picture by Wiener Linien 60 yet unclassified Mercedes-Benz Capacity are scheduled to start getting delivered right now, to start service in September. They will be designated the numbers 8501 - 8560. They were ordered for lines were even the standard 18 meter artic busses can't stand the passengers anymore. The first arrived in the recent weeks and was presented just today by Wiener Linien to the public. A quick overview of busses operated by private companies (not all shown) Postbus (bus branch of Austrian Federal Railways) Dr. Richard Gschwindl Zuklinbus Blaguss Picture by Kurt Rasmussen Special thanks to my friend from Graz, who provided three pictures for this post. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask them!
  9. Vienna has the sixth largest streetcar network in the world and in this topic I'm going to introduce you to it. Let's start with a quick recap of the network's history: First opened in 1865, the network expanded rapidly until the second world war. Many routes were impassable in 1945, but with a great amount of work, most of the network was operational again after a relative short amount of time. Starting in the 60's, the goal for Vienna's politicians was to make the city car friendly. Two routes were put underground, making place for more car lanes overground. Many routes were converted to bus operation. Then, in 1969, it was decided to construct a subway network. Many more streetcar lines were "replaced" by the new subway lines. This obsession faded slowly away, and on next week's Saturday, hopefully for the last time, part of a streetcar line will be closed down because of an opening of a subway extension. Although all this sounds rather dark, Vienna's network is with 29 lines (28 as of 2 September, but not because of the subway extension mentioned earlier, but a restructuring of the network in the west) still a major part of Vienna's dense public transport network. Enough history, now let's look on the rolling stock currently in service. High-Floor Streetcars E1 Stock motor car 338 of these 6-axled articulated motor cars were built between 1967 and 1976, they were designated the numbers 4461 - 4560 and 4631 - 4868. Today only less than 70 are left in active service, many of the withdrawn cars found a new home in Kraków and Katowice (Poland), Miskolc (Hungary), Rotterdam (Netherlands), with the latter two having them already withdrawn from service and sold or scrapped. c3 Stock trailer car 190 of these 4-axled trailer cars were built between 1959 and 1963, they were designated the numbers 1101 - 1290. They are Vienna's oldest rolling stock in service and were for the last time in regular service on 30 July 2017 (on which this picture was also taken). One of the four left will however be in service for the last time in a special E1+c3 set on 1 and 2 September besides (other) heritage streecars for farewell of line 58 and the closure of part of line 67. c4 Stock trailer car 73 of these 4-axled trailer cars were built between 1974 and 1977, they were designated the numbers 1301 - 1373. They are the further development of the c3 stock and were redesigned to fit the looks of E1 stock and so that they could be operated conductorless from the start of their service. Almost all of them are still in service today. E2 Stock motor car 122 of these 6-axled articulated motor cars were built between 1977 and 1990, they are the successor to the E1 stock and were designated the numbers 4001 - 4098 and 4301 - 4324. They are the last generation of high floor streetcars and brought some severe changes with them: Instead of classical line-number-discs, they were originally equipped with line roller blinds. They were also equipped with a extendable 4th step at every door. The roller blinds were replaced by LED-displays and their switchgear was changed since 2007 respectively 2009. Only four were withdrawn from service because of severe damage due to accidents. They are likely to serve 10 more years. 117 of these 4-axled trailer cars were built between 1978 and 1990, they are the successor to the c5 stock and were designated the numbers 1401 - 1517. They are the trailer equivalent of the E2 stock motor cars, with a tiny difference: Just one was withdrawn from service until now. Low-Floor Streetcars A and B stock motor cars The 51 A stock cars (numbers 1 - 51) and 101 B stock cars (numbers 601 - 701) were built between 1997 (1995 if you count the prototypes) and 2005. As the first generation of the Siemens "ULF" (Ultra Low Floor), they have - as the name suggests - the lowest floor of any streetcar on the world. Altough that sounds great, this comes with two great downsides: Due to the narrow aisle in the independent supsension portals, it's impossible to not blockade anyone when standing in or next to them and the cars also tend to literally squeak in curves as they get older. They also have no aircon, that's why the local transit fans call them "Backbox"*. *) "Backbox" literally translated means "Bake box". This name originated from an ad one of the B stock cars was bearing for the "Backbox"-section of a grocery store (where you can get "fresh" pastry) and is used as an idiom which describes the summer "experience" in these cars perfectly. A1 and B1 stock motor cars The 80 A1 stock cars (numbers 52 - 131) and 100 B1 stock cars (numbers 702 - 801) were built between 2006 and 2015 (A1 stock) or 2009 and 2017 (B1 stock). They are the second and last generation of Siemens' "ULF" and have some improvements compared to their predecessors. They are all equipped with with aircon units and seem not to squeak in curves. This generation also has one great contra point, but that has less to do with the stocks themselve, as with the order of the 80 A1 stock. Because the A1 stock are shorter than the B1 stock, Vienna now has 131 short streetcars. The problem is: We don't need so many. Instead, some more B1 would have been a better option. The extension of A1 with two modules is too expensive. Flexity motor cars Rendering The Flexity motor cars will be Bombardier's Flexity Vienna. The identification letter isn't known yet. At least 119 are ordered, but up to 156 can be delivered. One or two "prototypes" (they're not really prototypes, but I don't know the English term for that) are currently under construction at Bombardier's plant in Vienna. All 119 will be delivered until 2026 according to the local transport company Wiener Linien. They will probably get the numbers 301 - 419 (456) designated. I hope this is of interest to you and that you enjoyed reading this introduction to Vienna's streetcar rolling stock. I'll post interesting news from here from time to time in this thread. For all bus and subway fans: I'm going to do something similar for the buses and subways too. If you have any questions (also about public transport in Vienna in general), just ask me - I am pleased to tell you everything you want to know!
  10. Greetings from overseas!

    Hello everybody! My name is Patrick (obviously), I'm a 17 years old public transport enthusiast and as of September in my final year at my technical college (would be 13th grade in the US). Since my birth I've been always living in the capital of Austria (that is the country in central Europe without kangaroos and with a population of only some 100k more than NYC has ), Vienna. I've created an account here, because I recently got curious about how like-minded people discuss and see their transit network in NYC, after reading an article about the desolate condition of the NYC subway in a newspaper. For most of the time, I'll be a quiet reader, but I also could "introduce" you to Vienna's public transport system (with plenty of pictures), if anyone would be interested in something like that. If there's anything someone would love to see right now, just tell me down below!


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