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Old May 6th, 2014, 07:17 PM   #21
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Mainzelbahn construction begins
06 May 2014

GERMANY: Construction of the Mainzelbahn tram extension from Mainz Hauptbahnhof West to Lerchenberg was officially launched on May 3.

The 9·2 km metre-gauge line with 15 stops is expected to carry 1 million passengers per year when it opens in 2016.

Of the €83·6m cost, Stadtwerke Mainz is to contribute €31m, with €44m coming from the federal government and €9m from the Land of Rhineland-Pfalz
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Tendering set to begin for Hessen regional network
Monday, June 02, 2014

RHINE-Main Transport Authority (RMV), Westfalen-Lippe Transport Authority (MWL) and North Hessen Transport Authority (NVV) have issued a prior information notice for a contract to operate the so-called North Hessen Network for 15-years from December 2017

The contract covers a total of 2.14 million train-km per year on four routes:
  • R4 Kassel – Korbach
  • R39 Wabern – Bad Wildungen
  • R42/R55 Brilon Wald – Korbach – Frankenberg – Marburg
  • R43/R94 Marburg – Erndtebrück
The authorities say they expect tendering to begin in August.

All four routes are currently operated by DB Regio
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...the four-car EMUs were ordered from Bombardier with Alstom as subcontractor.
What kind of arrangement is this? Does Alstom supply components/systems that Bombardier cannot source in-house, or it is some revenue sharing agreement? I ask because I thought they were competitors.
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What kind of arrangement is this? Does Alstom supply components/systems that Bombardier cannot source in-house, or it is some revenue sharing agreement? I ask because I thought they were competitors.
They are competitors when it comes to provide rail vehicles, but nothing prevents one of these companies to use the other one as a subcontractor.

For example, Bombardier can bid on a particular contract, because they make carbodies and final assemblies cheaper than their competitors, but give a contract to Alstom for propulsion systems.
Sometimes it's cheaper that way, depending of the vehicle type and the customer's requirements, as each manufacturer can have more specialized or optimal solution depending of the application.

It can also be because of the availability of Bombardier factories/workforce, or simply because of Germany's requirements concerning the amount of manufacturing that has to be done within the EU/Germany.

It's not the first time Bombardier and Alstom do this.

It's also popular in the aviation industry. For example, Bombardier Aerospace builds parts for Airbus A330/340 aircrafts.
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Federal funds sought for Ulm tram Line 2
Wednesday, June 04, 2014



THE state government of Baden-Württemberg has submitted a €67m funding application to Germany's federal government to help finance the construction of a second metre-gauge tram line in the city of Ulm.

Line 2 will run for 11km from the Science Park in the northwest of the city to the main station and Kuhberg in the southwest. The line will share tracks with Line 1 for a distance of 1.5km around the main station.

Approval of the application is expected by the end of the year, which will allow construction to start on the €155m project early next year. The city of Ulm is expected to provide €53m and the state of Baden-Württemberg will provide €24m.

The project is now in the final stages of obtaining planning permission and work such as the €11m expansion of the existing tram maintenance depot, funded by the City of Ulm, is already underway.

Up to 12 additional LRVs will be required for the expansion of the network, supplementing the fleet of eight Siemens Combino vehicles which have been used on Line 1 since 2003.

Line 2 is due to open in 2018 and is expected to carry around 8300 passengers per day.

The most recent addition to the Ulm tram system was the 4.6 km extension to Böfingen, which opened in March 2009
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First Braunschweig Tramino delivered
18 Jul 2014









GERMANY: The first low-floor Tramino tram for Braunschweig arrived in the early hours of July 18 from the Solaris Bus & Coach factory in Poznań. The second and third vehicles are to arrive in the following two weeks, with the remaining 15 trams due by the end of the year.

Braunschweiger Verkehrs AG signed the €33·1m contract with Solaris on July 5 2012, and production started in November 2013. The 1 100 mm gauge four-section trams will replace 30-year old cars which do not meet modern accessibility requirements.

The unidirectional vehicles are 36 m long with capacity for 201 passengers, including 77 seated
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Ulm to order Siemens Avenio LRVs
Monday, July 28, 2014



STADTWERKE Ulm (SWU) has selected Siemens as preferred supplier for a €31m contract to supply 12 low-floor LRVs for the expansion of the metre-gauge tram network in the German city

Ulm needs additional vehicles for its second tram line, which will run for11km from the Science Park in the northwest of the city to the main station and Kuhberg in the southwest. The line is expected to open in 2018 and the city is currently seeking funds from the German government for the €155m project.

SWU says it plans to sign the contract with Siemens as soon as the city council approves construction, which is expected to begin later this year.

The 31.5m-long Avenio vehicles will accommodate up to 175 passengers and deliveries are due to start within 24 months of contract signing.

SWU currently operates a fleet of eight Siemens Combino vehicles, which have been in use on Line 1 since 2003
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Today in Bremen, new tram line 4 extension Borgfeld and Falkenberg is now opened, map of extension:



Link in German and updated map from urbanrail.net:

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Supercap trams enter service in Rostock
04 Aug 2014







GERMANY: The first of 13 Vossloh Tramlink 6N2 trams equipped with roof-mounted supercapacitor energy storage units entered regular service in Rostock on July 30. All 13 are expected to be in service by the end of the year, replacing older Tatra T6 vehicles.

The five-section 100% low-floor trams are 32 m long and 2 650 mm wide, narrowing to 2 300 mm at platform height. They have space for pushchairs and bicycles, and a total capacity of 71 seated passengers and 139 standing at 4 persons/m². They have four 100 kW traction motors giving a maximum speed of 70 km/h, although will be limited to 60 km/h in service, and are suitable for use on the underground sections of the tram network. Döllmann Design + Architektur was responsible for styling.

In addition to the supercapacitor units, the trams are fitted with a low energy air-conditioning system and feature thermal insulation between the body and bogies.

The order for the trams was placed in April 2011, with the Land of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern contributing €19m towards the €37·6m cost.
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Federal funds for Freiburg tram extension
Friday, August 15, 2014



GERMANY's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has agreed to allocate €23m through the Municipal Transport Financing Act (GVFC) to fund a €55m project which will increase capacity on the metre-gauge tram network in Freiburg-im-Breisgau.

The Rotteckring project involves constructing a 2.4km link with five stations, which will run from a triangular junction at Siegesdenkmal on Line 2, passing through the old town along Rotteckring, Werthmannstrasse and Kronenstrasse to join lines 3 and 5 on Basler Strasse.

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DB Regio signs Dieselnetz Niedersachsen-Südost contract
04 Sep 2014



GERMANY: Following a competitive tender, the Niedersachsen and Braunschweig transport authorities have awarded incumbent DB Regio a contract to operate Dieselnetz Niedersachsen-Südost passenger services for 15 years from December 2014.

The contract signed on August 29 covers six routes:
  • Braunschweig – Salzgitter – Lebenstedt (RB 44);
  • Braunschweig – Wolfenbüttel – Schöppenstedt (RB 45);
  • Braunschweig – Seesen – Osterode – Herzberg (RB 46);
  • Göttingen – Northeim – Nordhausen (RB 80);
  • Bodenfelde – Northeim – Nordhausen (RB 81);
  • Göttingen – Kreiensen – Bad Harzburg (RB 82).
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Braunschweig Tramino revealed in Berlin
Tuesday, September 23, 2014



IRJ at InnoTrans 2014: Solaris, Poland, is exhibiting one of 18 Tramino low-floor LRVs for Braunschweig Transport (BSVAG) at InnoTrans this week

The 35.7m-long four-section vehicles will operate on the German city's unique 1100mm-gauge tram network and accommodate up to 211 passengers, 87 of them seated.

The vehicles are fitted with Vossloh Kiepe electrical equipment and 0.75kW capacitors, which store energy from the regenerative braking system for re-use by the traction system during acceleration

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Today in Saarbrücken, light rail extension between Heuweiler Markt and Lebach-Jabach will be opened:

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Potsdam to upgrade tram network
Tuesday, October 28, 2014



The municipal government in Potsdam and Potsdam Transport (ViP) have unveiled a €50m plan to upgrade the German city's 29km tram network

The proposals include an extension to the new Hasso-Platner Institute campus at Jungfernsee (€7.5m), upgrading of track on Heinrich Mann Allee in the city centre (€15m), and modification of the crossing at Leipziger Dreieck (€14m).

ViP will also invest €25m in the lengthening of eight of its fleet of 17 Siemens Combino low-floor LRVs from 30m to 40m, adding 52 additional seats to each vehicle.
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Neckar-Alb tram-train project approved
Wednesday, November 19, 2014



The cabinet of the German state of Baden-Württemberg has approved plans for the implementation of the first phase of the Neckar-Alb tram-train network around Reutlingen and Tübingen

The initial €105.1m phase involves the upgrading and electrification of the 21km Tübingen – Herringen Ammertal Line and the 10km Ermstal Line from Metzingen to Bad Urach. Ultimately an eight-line core network is envisaged.

The decision to back the project means the state will be able to increase its financial contribution to the project if it fails to secure the necessary funding through German Rail (DB) or the federal government

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One more tram extension opened this weekend - in Hanover line 7 extends from Schierholzstraße to Misburg. Map from urbanrail.net:

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New German operator Vlexx hit by problems
Friday, December 26, 2014



NETINERA'S Four Land Express (Vlexx) concession, which took over regional services in parts of three western German federal states plus cross-border trains to Alsace, France, on December 14, has been forced to offer a reduced service due to shortages of trains and drivers

Despite actually starting operation on some routes in late November, the few Vlexx services on the electrified Mainz - Bingen section were subcontracted to TransRegio which used their Desiro ML EMUs. In addition, all Vlexx services on the Koblenz - Frankfurt, Worms - Mainz and Bingen - Worms routes have been cancelled with passengers told to use alternate services

Vlexx took over the service from DB Regio and is expected to operate 6.1 million train-km annually on 10 routes under a 22.5 year contract using a brand new fleet of Alstom Coradia Lint DMUs, which consists of 45 two-car and 18 three-car trains.

Netinera says it is endeavouring to offer the full service from January
Netinera (formerly Arriva Deutschland) is railway operator in Germany, division of Italian Ferrovie dello Stato (FS). Brand appeared is 2011 after DB's purchase of Arriva -the European Commission ruled DB to shed Arriva's services in Germany:

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Brandenburg regional rail concession tender launched
Tuesday, December 30, 2014



BIDS are invited by June 17 2015 for a 12-year concession to operate regional rail services on non-electrified lines in the German state of Brandenburg

The tender has been published jointly in the Official Journal of the European Union by Brandenburg's Ministry of Infrastructure and the Zweckverband Oberlausitz-Niederschlesien Transport Association. The concession will start on December 9 2018 and expire on December 14 2030.
The lines comprise:
  • RB 46 Cottbus- Forst (Lausitz), with 285,000 train-km annually
  • RB 64 Hoyerswerda - Görlitz, with about 458,000 train-km per annum
  • RB 64 Niesky- Görlitz, with around 163,000 train-km per year, and
  • RB 65 Cottbus – Görlitz - Zittau, with an annual train-km of 1,649,000
There are three options for RB 64: option 1 is Hoyerswerda - Gorlitz, option 2 is Niesky - Görlitz, while option 3 involves removing parts of the operation from the contract.
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Breisgau concession tender launched in Germany
Wednesday, December 31, 2014



THE German state of Baden-Württemberg invites bids for a two-stage tender for a 13-year concession for the so-called Breisgau East-West Network 9a

Stage 1 starts in December 2018 and concerns the operation of the Freiburg im Breisgau - Neustadt (Black Forest) line and the Titisee - Seebrugg line. This is the largest of the two, amounting to 1.3 million train-km per annum. About 80% of all the rolling stock needed for this tender will be deployed during this stage.

Stage 2 will start when the infrastructure works of the first phase of the Breisgau S-Bahn, which will take place during stage 1, have been completed. It covers the following lines:
  • Freiburg im Breisgau - Neustadt - Donaueschingen
  • Seebrugg - Titisee
  • Endingen – Riegel - Gottenheim
  • Breisach - Freiburg im Breisgau, and
  • Donaueschingen - Villingen
The tendering authority is willing to provide financial support for the procurement of the rolling stock. Bidders can choose from various funding models including outright purchase, the Baden-Württemberg model, and the financial guarantee model. The model will be chosen by the tendering authority and the winning bidder
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Bids invited for Baden-Württemberg rail concessions
Wednesday, December 31, 2014



TENDERS for concessions to operate three regional rail networks in the German state of Baden-Württemberg have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union

Network 2 concerns services in the Stuttgart, Ulm and Bodensee lake area amounting to 2,814,000 train-km annually, of which about 100,000 train-km is in the neighbouring state of Bavaria. The winner of the seven-year concession will take over operation of these services in December 2016.

The Stuttgart - Ulm line is electrified, whereas the Lindau - Friedrichshafen - Ulm line is still diesel operated, but might be electrified during the concession. Bidders will be allowed to make use of existing rolling stock.

Network 3 covers train services in the Gäu, Murr, and Mittelfranken region and the 13-year contract will start in December 2018. Network 3 amounts to 3,465,000 train-km annually, of which 545,000 train-km is in Bavaria, and comprises two non-electrified routes:
  • Stuttgart - Schwäbisch Hall - Hessental - Crailsheim - Nuremberg
  • Stuttgart - Eurtingen im Gäu - Freudenstadt/Konstanz
Services must be operated with new rolling stock, and the tendering authority is willing to help finance the new vehicles. There are three options for financing these vehicles:
  • Classic model: the concessionaire will procure and operate the trains itself.
  • Financing using the "Baden-Württemberg" model: the concessionaire orders and purchases the trains directly from the manufacturer, however, after delivery, transfers them to a Special Purpose Vehicle set up specifically by the Baden-Württemberg administration which will arrange a bank loan and then lease the trains back to the operator.
  • Capital Service Guarantee (KDG) model: the concessionaire orders the rail vehicles in cooperation with an EU-based leasing company which will purchase them. With this model, the concessionaire is obliged to make a joint bid for the regional train services together with the leasing company and a bank
Network 5 covers the Donau - Ostalb area and comprises the following lines:
  • Ulm - Aalen
  • Neustadt (Black Forrest) - Donaueschingen - Sigmaringen - Ulm
  • Neustadt (Black Forrest) - Rottweil
  • Stuttgart - Tübingen - Aulendorf
  • Tübingen - Horb, and
  • Basle Bad - Singen Hohentwiel - Friedrichhafen - Ulm/Lindau
The 10-year contract will come into effect in December 2016 and comprises 6.6 million train-km annually, of which 600,000km is in Bavaria.
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