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Operator Dortmunder Stadtwerke
System Type Light Rail
Year Opened
# of Lines
# of Cars
Gauge Std
Stations 167
Power Overhead
Fare Media Tkts 
Data Date 1996
1st Visit 2/00
Last Visit 2/00
% Rode 0%

Europe Transit > Germany


Dortmund is one of the cities that is converting their tram lines to StadtBahn. Translated it means city trains. Basically it is just a new term for "Quality" trams or light rail. Most of the former tram lines have been re-routed into subways. Driving around downtown, I found several streets with streetcar rails still in place and some with poles in place, but the wires are gone. There are still a couple of lines on the surface in downtown. However, I found a subway platform that is currently without tracks that is directly beneath a tram line. I'm sure that eventually this line will go underground as well. The subway platforms have low and high platforms to accommodate both the Stadtbahn cars and the traditional tram cars. 


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drt-lr01.jpg (84150 bytes)This is the station below the tram to the right. This line is perpendicular to the tram. (2/00) drt-lr02.jpg (97308 bytes)One of the few traditional tram lines left. This stop is a major transfer stop with the U-Bahn lines in the heart of the city. (2/00)
drt-lr03.jpg (99365 bytes)Another tram seen leaving this same halt. (2/00) drt-lr04.jpg (97504 bytes)This is the U-Bahn (Kristchurche) platform at the same location. It is without tracks and is parallel to the tram line above. (2/00)

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