Railways / Germany: Electric Locomotives / Siemens Taurus (182-183)
The Siemens ES64U2 or -U4 called "Taurus" is an electric locomotive series from the EuroSprinter loco family. It was developed in the end of the 1990s as a universal locomotive for the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). In Germany, almost 100 engines were sold to private operators (mainly MRCE) and 25 to Deutsche Bahn (DB).
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 / Germany / Krefeld
The city of Krefeld (North Rhine-Westphalia) has about 220,000 inhabitants. It has a metre-gauge tram network with a system length of 35 kilometres, which is operated by → SWK (Stadtwerke Krefeld AG). In addition, the Düsseldorf light rail line U76 goes to Krefeld. The 1.2 kilometre long section from Rheinstraße via Main Station to the intersection from the Krefeld tram network near the Voltastraße stop is equipped with a mixed-gauge track with four rails for the standard-gauge Düsseldorf Light Rail vehicles.
Public Transport / Germany / Zwickau
The Zwickau tram runs on a quite compact network of some 20 kilometres, which is laid out in metre gauge. A special feature is the section from Zentrum to Stadthalle, which has a three-rail track (metre and standard gauge) and is also used by the Vogtlandbahn diesel railcars. The trams are operated by → SVZ (Städtische Verkehrsbetriebe Zwickau).
Public Transport / France / Besançon
Besançon in the east of France has approx. 120,000 inhabitants. The town had a metre-gauge tram network, which was abandoned in 1952. As the bus network reached its capacity limit around the year 2000, the municipality followed up a bus acceleration program. But for a tram considerably more passengers were forecasted, so the reintroduction of the tram was decided. The new tramway was put into operation in August 2014. A route passing the town in east west direction was built with a short branch to the railway station and a total route length of 15 kilometres. The operator is called → GINKO, a leaf of the tree of the same name decorates the logo.
Public Transport / United Kingdom, Ireland / Edinburgh
The city of Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and has about half a million inhabitants. The former tram network was abandoned in 1956. Almost 60 years later, in May 2014, a tram was opened again in Edinburgh. It has a length of approx. 14 kilometres (9 miles) in the first stage of construction and connects the inner city with the western districts and the airport. It is operated by the municipal company → Edinburgh Trams Ltd..
Public Transport / Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary / Brno
The South Moravian city of Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic after Prague, with a population of almost 400,000. It also has the second-largest tram network in the Czech Republic with a system length of approx. 70 kilometres. The trams and buses in Brno are operated by → DPMB (Dopravní podnik města Brna).
Public Transport / Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary / Debrecen
The city of Debrecen is located east of Hungary about 30 kilometres off the Romanian border. With a population of more than 200,000, it is the second-largest city in Hungary. Debrecen has two tram routes with a common branch from the station to the city centre and about 10 kilometres of track length. The trams are operated by → DKV (Debreceni Közlekedési Vállalat).
Public Transport / Baltic States / Daugavpils
Daugavpils is the second largest city in Latvia after the capital Riga and has almost 100,000 inhabitants. It has three tram lines, but only one runs in a high frequency (approx. every 10 minutes). The other two routes are only served half-hourly. Unfortunately, there are only single tickets and monthly tickets. Since there is no transfer allowed with a single ticket ticket, a new ticket has to be purchased after every change. This can quickly lead to a considerable number of tickets in the purse. Trams and city buses are operated by a municipal company named → Daugavpils Satiksme.
Public Transport / Russia, Ukraine / Odessa (Одеса)
The city of Odessa with a population of approx. one million is located at the Black Sea and is the most important seaport in Ukraine. It has a tram network of some 100 kilometres consisting of more than 20 routes. The tram is operated by the municipal company → KP Odesgorelektrotrans (КП Одесгорэлектротранс).