Railways / Germany: Electric Multiple Units / Twindexx Vario & KISS (445)
Under the designation class 445, the Bombardier "Twindexx Vario" and Stadler "KISS" double-decker electric multiple units for regional service with a maximum speed of 160 km/h are combined. The Twindexx Vario are in operation in several regional networks of Deutsche Bahn since early 2018. The KISS trains (the german acronym stands for "comfortable, innovative, high-performance suburban train") in Germany have only been purchased by the East-German railway company ODEG until now, operating them around Berlin since 2013.
Railways / Germany: Diesel Multiple Units / Alstom Coradia LINT 54-81 (620/622)
Since 2011, the manufacturer Alstom is building "Coradia LINT" railcars with two bogies under each part of the car and a modified head design. They represent a further development of the LINT 27 / LINT 41-type railcars with Jacobs-type bogies, which were built since 1999. The two-part variant is referred to as LINT 54, the three-part variant as LINT 81 (the number indicates the length in metres). Pictures of the LINT predecessor series are available → here.
Railways / Germany: Diesel Multiple Units / Alstom Coradia LINT (640/648)
The "LINT" is a single or multiple unit articulated railcar, which was designed by the german manufacturer Linke-Hofmann-Busch (LHB) and built from 1999. Since 2011, a further developed version with two bogies under each part instead of Jacobs-type bogies and a modified head design is in production, photos of these vehicles called LINT 54 and 81 are available → here.
Public Transport / Austria, Switzerland / Basel
Basel has some 200,000 inhabitants and approx. 500,000 inclusive the surrounding countryside ("Baselbiet"). It is situated in the northwest of Switzerland directly at the German and French border. The tram network of the → BVB (Basler Verkehrsbetriebe) and → BLT (Baselland Transport) also passes to Germany and France. Altogether, the tram routes have a length of approx. 75 kilometres. The outer branches to Aesch, Dornach, Pratteln and Rodersdorf are dedicated as railways and are operated by the BLT. As a compensation for the BLT-kilometrage in the city with its yellow tramway cars on the lines 10, 11 and 17 the line 14 is operated by BVB with its green vehicles.