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Old August 18th, 2006, 08:05 PM   #1
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Viennas "U-Bahn" (metrosystem)

The metrosystem of the 1.5 million inhabitants counting Vienna is called U-Bahn (U for Untergrund=underground)
Its current total length is 67km but it still is enlarged. There are five lines in operation: U1, U2, U3, U4 and U6. (there is no U5, weird I know )

Principally is the public transport system a very good, efficient, clean and safe thing in Vienna, with the U-Bahn being tightly interconnected with a huge tram system (the largest still existing world wide if I am not wrong), a large bus system plus the S-Bahn (mostly) in the periphery. (S-Bahn is the subarbian railway which frequents the stations every 15 minutes mostly, or on parts with multiple lines more often)

Here a plan of the network:



The network is quite nice to use, I would say from my own perspective.
(I never understood the real sense of the U2 though. Its pretty useless, maybe thats the reason why it is enlarged now finally. To give a legitimation and not at least more customers)

U1 and U3 are complete new constructions, built as metro right from the start.
The largest part of U4 and U6 base one the former "Stadtbahn" facilities from the monarchy that has been in usage till the late 70's or so, with more periphery parts added afterwards. The U4 line has been adopted to a full metro system equivalent to U1 and U3 (causing some damage and loss of historical heir) while the U6 was adopted cleverer, keeping the historic buildings and stations all in tact. It was however due to the costs not adopted to the system used at the other lines. Its more akind a "Stadtbahn" in the German sense of meaning. But the vehicles are tacted very dense (4-6 minute tact). The U6 is furthermore considerable parts not underground but above street level on aqueducts.

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(that white "thing" at the left, yep, thats a "subway )
What you can see on the right side next to it, is just an ordinary tram)





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cool shot of the U6 (a part of it where its really below the ground)


Periphery U1 station, directly next to to the UN-complex. You know one of the three UN headquarters the UN has worldwide.

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Old August 18th, 2006, 08:36 PM   #2
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That's a hoopy name, Slarti.

Have you seen the Clint Eastwood film Firefox? Vienna appears as Moscow, with the U-Bahn as the Moscow metro.

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Old August 19th, 2006, 12:38 AM   #3
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I really like Vienna metro.

I remember we realized there tha station signs and diagrams are very similar to Barcelona metro.

Very nice system!!
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Old August 19th, 2006, 11:00 AM   #4
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If you want to know more about the history of line U2, you should visit this page. It explains in detail the history of the line (and of all other lines, too).
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Old August 19th, 2006, 12:26 PM   #5
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Vienna is great! The logo is actually like this:



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Old August 19th, 2006, 01:16 PM   #6
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The one thing I find most appealing to the Vienna U-bahn is the fact that 'old meets new': you've got the old infrastructure and (sometimes) stations of lines U4 and U6, and the more modern looking ones of lines U1, U2 and U3.
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Old August 19th, 2006, 01:30 PM   #7
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looks nice

hopefully other forumers will also present their cities networks
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Old August 19th, 2006, 07:42 PM   #8
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Old August 21st, 2006, 01:46 PM   #9
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 08:00 PM   #10
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Actually thats the single subway train of this kind that is operational yet. Not that the Wiener Linien would not have a bunch of them in their garages, but Austrian bureaucracy wants one document more; again. Before this document is not where it should be, you have to search for this single "prototype" that does normal service allready now.

I guess within the next months though, that at least half a dozen of the new trains will enter service on U3 and/or U1 or so. With others following soon.

To be honest the sole time I drove with them I was drunk, so I can remind it only "blurry" They are clean (as normally all metro trains in Vienna are), very well illuminated, and they have an airconditioner that the current ones have not. They also look nicer
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Old August 28th, 2006, 03:05 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by bitxofo
I really like Vienna metro.

I remember we realized there tha station signs and diagrams are very similar to Barcelona metro.

Very nice system!!
The design of the Vienna undergroubnd was "invented" by a group of then young architects called "Guppe U-Bahn". A lot of it was pretty new in the late 60s / early 70s (removable station panelling insteaf of cearmic tiles etc.) and the whole conept received numerous internationl awards and incidentally when Washington DC was planning its first lines the cities experts had a look at the Viennese system first. So maybe Barcelona's planers had a field trip to Veinna too.
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Old August 29th, 2006, 10:28 AM   #12
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Great photos. The UN buildings look like Toronto City Hall (the curved ones). Same architect?
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Great photos. The UN buildings look like Toronto City Hall (the curved ones). Same architect?
The UN buildings in Vienna have been planned by the Austrian architect Johann Staber and has been constructed from 1973 to 1979.

How does the Toronto City Hall look like?
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Old August 31st, 2006, 12:14 AM   #14
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Looks great! When did the first line open?
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Old August 31st, 2006, 09:43 PM   #15
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Looks great! When did the first line open?
Depends on how you define it. The "U-Bahn", the real metro system opened its first line officially in 1976.

But it heavily relied from the beginning on on the "Stadtbahn" network that was opened in the year 1899, only a few decades after the whole amazing imperial palaces and buildings have been built at the Ringstraße. At a time when Vienna still was the capital of a country with 50 million people. All the interesting old looking stations derive from this Stadbahn, but are now part of the modern metronet. Some lines are entirely new like the U3 and the U1. U6 and U4 however are to a great part basing on the tunnels and stations from the Stadtbahn, being adopted to a modern metro. U2 is currently being enlarged to a full line that deserves its name and bases on a premetro line adopted to full metro with the added kilometres being planned as metro right from the start.

The actual U-Bahn program with the clear intend to make a real metro network comes from the early 70's. Enlargement continued up today.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 09:50 PM   #16
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Looks very well planned.
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Old September 1st, 2006, 05:21 PM   #17
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nice system, in fact the curved buildings looks like Toronto City Hall
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Old September 1st, 2006, 11:02 PM   #18
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Good thread, Slarti, but in fact the UN station is a U1 stop.
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Old September 2nd, 2006, 12:10 PM   #19
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Good thread, Slarti, but in fact the UN station is a U1 stop.
What? Where?
I'm turning red in shame and start to love the unlimited edit function of that forum (I should counter read the stuff I write on this board) But its Transdanubien anyway
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Vienna's U-Bahn is nice, punctual and clean; safe too. Minus points for parts of Karlsplatz though.
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