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Operator GVH/Ustra
System Type Light Rail
Year Opened
# of Lines 12
# of Cars 275
Mileage 100 km
Gauge Std
Power Overhead
Fare Media POP
Data Date 1990
1st Visit 2/00
Last Visit 2/00
% Rode 15%

Europe Transit > Germany


Hannover is another Germany city busy converting its tram network to what the Germans called the Stadtbahn. Stadtbahns are what I would call Light Rail. In Hannover it involves 3 mainline subways thru downtown with high level platforms. Outside the tunnels, the lines resemble tram lines with ground level loading. Hannover worked hard on its system to prepare for EXPO 2000 that it had hosted.

Hannover still retains 2 full tram lines that go to the main train station. The equipment is fully interchangeable. The newest cars are very striking.

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han-lr01.jpg (20400 bytes)This is a two car train. The day is a Sunday when routes 1 & 2 are combined. The location is Laatzen/Eichstrasse where the lines split. The two car trains are split and re-assembled to go on their separate routes. (2/00 video.) han-lr02.jpg (20380 bytes)This is the point where routes 1&2 physically split. This is the # 2 train. (2/00 video.)
han-lr03.jpg (20423 bytes)Here is a route 1 train at the 1/2 split. (2/00 video.) han-lr05.jpg (107070 bytes)This is newest addition to the Stadtbahn fleet. The cars are ultra-modern and quiet. This is route 8 near Buttnerstrasse. (2/00)
han-lr07.jpg (127830 bytes)Another car on route 8 at the same location. (2/00) han-lr06.jpg (107255 bytes)Route 10 at Hannover Hauptbahnhof. This is one of the last traditional tram lines in this city. Most of the other former tram lines are now running underneath this location. The equipment however is the same. (2/00)

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