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Old October 19th, 2006, 04:15 PM   #21
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I have a request, even that is not really related to the U-Bahn network, but is Public transport related anyway.

Where can I get some pictures of the smaller buses that are used within the 1st District; the ones manufactured by VW with double akses at the rear.

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Old October 19th, 2006, 10:30 PM   #22
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I have a request, even that is not really related to the U-Bahn network, but is Public transport related anyway.

Where can I get some pictures of the smaller buses that are used within the 1st District; the ones manufactured by VW with double akses at the rear.

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As you wish. But to be honest it was not easy to find them. The official folder of the Wiener Linien has pictures of nearly every vehicle they ever ran, except for the one you ask for.
Anyway, here you have pictures from it from all possible perspectives.

http://public-transport.net/bus/Aust...en/Bus_KB.html




They look a bit weird, or lets say funny in my eyes. Like a real bus cut into halfs and added to a van-cockpit


What do you need the pics for? Just out of interest?
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Old October 19th, 2006, 10:34 PM   #23
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Vienna's U-Bahn is nice, punctual and clean; safe too. Minus points for parts of Karlsplatz though.
Karlsplatz has improved lately. They opened a police station directly at the Karlsplatz exit of the metro station. And at the U1 level as also otherwhere in the station there are now social workers that do a great job there, not at least in looking that order remains.

Not that Karlsplatz has become a highlight but it really improved. But luckily I am hardly ever there.
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Old October 20th, 2006, 12:55 AM   #24
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Vienna’s subway provides an excellent coverage of all the places that are of interest to the tourist. I visited Vienna recently and I traveled almost the whole U-Bahn network. Especially U6 provides spectacular views of the city, as it is mostly elevated. I also liked tramway line 2 that goes round the historical ring. I didn’t use the S-Bahn at all, but I used the CAT train to and from the airport, taking advantage of the facility of checking in at Wien Mitte instead of the airport.
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Old October 20th, 2006, 02:09 AM   #25
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Vienna’s subway provides an excellent coverage of all the places that are of interest to the tourist. I visited Vienna recently and I traveled almost the whole U-Bahn network. Especially U6 provides spectacular views of the city, as it is mostly elevated. I also liked tramway line 2 that goes round the historical ring. I didn’t use the S-Bahn at all, but I used the CAT train to and from the airport, taking advantage of the facility of checking in at Wien Mitte instead of the airport.
Then you might like to hear that the station "Wien Mitte" is being torn down within the next weeks or so. Construction for the new complex start hopefully soon too.

Btw, parts of the S-Bahn look like the U6 stations in principal. At least the line S45 in the west of Vienna. The major difference between S-Bahn and U-Bahn really seems to be that S-Bahn drives only every 15 minutes or in the periphery perhaps half an hour. (of course the system, vehicles, and companies differ from the U-Bahn, but that does not really weigh heavy, as your ticket is as valid for the S-Bahn as it is for tram, bus or U-Bahn.)

PS: U6 is cool Not just the line but also some pretty nice nightlife locations are to find directly below it in the Stadtbahnbögen.

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Old October 20th, 2006, 09:52 PM   #26
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Karlsplatz has improved lately. They opened a police station directly at the Karlsplatz exit of the metro station. ...
I had the chance to pass through the station when I was in Vienna in mid September, and there were a couple of Polizeiman looking "angrily" at me for pulling my 2 luggages.
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Old October 20th, 2006, 09:57 PM   #27
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As you wish. But to be honest it was not easy to find them. The official folder of the Wiener Linien has pictures of nearly every vehicle they ever ran, except for the one you ask for.
Anyway, here you have pictures from it from all possible perspectives.

http://public-transport.net/bus/Aust...en/Bus_KB.html

They look a bit weird, or lets say funny in my eyes. Like a real bus cut into halfs and added to a van-cockpit


What do you need the pics for? Just out of interest?

Thanks alot for that. I did check Wiener Linien website and couldn't find any.

I saw them when I was recently in Vienna and wanted to show the pictures to some fellow VW enthusiasts.
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Old February 12th, 2007, 02:13 AM   #28
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U-Bahn in Vienna - U4 (Part One)



I decided to try and give a detailed description with pictures of all 5 Viennese metro lines.
The network is somehow underrated, even though it spans the whole city and is by far the most important public transport system in Vienna.

It might not be as grand, historic and long as London's, Paris' or Berlin's, and not as fancy and hip as Copenhagen's, but without it the city would be lost.

I start with one of my most frequently used lines, the line U4.


U4


Hütteldorf - Heiligenstadt

Identification colour: Green.

Length: 16,5 kms
Travel time: 29 mins
Stations: 20
Transfer possibilities: 4 to S-Bahn, 6 to U-Bahn

In 1898, the tracks were constructed for Vienna's Stadtbahn.
The Stadtbahn era ended in 1976, when the first U-Bahn trainset went in service on these old tracks.

Architecture is not very varied on this particular line. There are mainly the historic station buildings by Otto Wagner at one end of the platform, and additionally, new exits were built on the other ends in the past few years.

There are hardly any real underground segments on the U4, due to its Stadtbahn (= city train) past.

Let's get this started...


Hütteldorf

Change here for:
Regional bus lines
S-Bahn
147, 53B

Hütteldorf station is a transfer station in the very west of the city, surrounded by greenery and residential areas. The station also serves as an international train station along the Westbahn and as the main line to the Gerhard-Hanappi Stadium.



Tunnels connect the railway and U-Bahn platforms:


The platform:


The interior of a typical U-type car, still the most common type of trainset in Vienna:


Ober St.Veit

Change here for:
54B, 55B

The first stop along the line, typical in layout and architecture for U4:


The inside of a new V-type set:



Unter St.Veit

Change here for:
47A

Nothing special here:



Braunschweiggasse
The new exit:



Hietzing
That's were eastbound trains usually fill up. That's partly because of the Schönbrunn Zoo and gardens, partly because of the 3 tram lines that pass this station.

Change here for:
Regional bus lines
10, 58, 60
51A, 56B, 58B, 156B






Schönbrunn

Change here for:
10A

This station is located in front of the Schönbrunn palace and is therefore popular with tourists.

The original building:


The new one, built closer to the proper castle:


This is one of the stations that could retain their original character:



Meidling Hauptstraße

Change here for:
9A, 15A, 63A

A pretty ugly station, one of the few on the U4 line with the platform between the tracks:





Längenfeldgasse

Change here for:
U6
12A

One of six interchanges along the line.


U6 to the left, u4 to the right:




That's what it looks like on the outside (facing east). The U6 tracks actually "embrace" the U4 tracks:



Margaretengürtel

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6, 18

Once again, an old entrance building alongside a new one:





Pilgrimgasse

Change here for:
12A, 13A, 14A, 59A







Kettenbrückengasse

Kettenbrückengasse is one of the stops for the Naschmarkt, one of Europe's biggest markets.

Love that facade:





Karlsplatz

Change here for:
U1, U2
1, 2, 62, 65, D
4A, 59A
Light rail to Baden

Vienna's biggest U-Bahn interchange, also one of the main gateways to the city center. Three lines cross each other here. I only concentrated on the U4 platforms:

Urban shithole:







Stadtpark

One of the most beutiful stations, still very much like it was a hundred years ago:







Landstraße - Wien Mitte

Change here for:
U3
S-Bahn, City-Airport Train
O, 74A



The entry hall to all Metro and S-Bahn lines:



Schwedenplatz

Change here for:
U1
1, 2, 21, N
2A

A very important station, this, however, is not the main entrance:


A typical station sign, displaying how the ID colours of the lines guide you where you need:


Many stations are equipped with "Infoscreens":



Schottenring

Change here for:
U2
1, 2, 31
3A

U2 to the left, U4 to the right. A rather practical transit solution, however doomed to disappear with the reconstruction that is needed for the extension of the U2 line (to the EURO stadium).





Roßauer Lände



The station from above:



Friedensbrücke

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5, 33








Spittelau

Change here for:
U6
S-Bahn
35A








Heiligenstadt
The northern terminus.

Change here for:
S-Bahn
D
10A, 11A, 38A, 39A
Regional bus lines



two generations:


being turned around:



THAT WAS LONG!!!

I hope you got to know this fifth of Vienna's metro network, the other four lines will follow asap.
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Old February 12th, 2007, 03:36 AM   #29
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Great photos! I especially like the ones where I can see a bit of the neighborhood.
Please keep the pictures coming!
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Old February 12th, 2007, 09:53 PM   #30
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:O !!!
i like ur pics. its interesting how different the entrances are. my favorite is this one

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Old February 12th, 2007, 09:56 PM   #31
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Pretty basic, isn't it?
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Old February 13th, 2007, 02:25 AM   #32
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davidkunz, have you seen the Clint Eastwood film Firefox? It used locations in Vienna to stand in for Moscow, and the U-Bahn appears as the Moscow metro. The goofs page for Firefox on the Internet Movie Database says that a "Suedtirolerplatz" station sign can be seen at one point.
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Old February 13th, 2007, 05:45 AM   #33
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I like the Vienna metro a lot. When visiting the city, I accidentally rode the metro without paying (it was an "on your honor" system, if I recall). I just walked on to the platform and never noticed where I was supposed to pay - even after looking around for a while. At another station, I did find the ticketcard machines more easily.
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Old February 13th, 2007, 11:16 AM   #34
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Excellent! Looking forward to the U6!
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Nice series of photos! They are showing very well the high-quality station architecture and high-quality trains in Vienna.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 08:45 AM   #36
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this thread took a lot of work, great job!
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Old February 15th, 2007, 07:30 PM   #37
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Wow, great work.


I would not be so rigorous in condemning the modern stations. Of course I also like the old good preserved ones too, but actually the new design is pretty fine. In comparision to other metros in Europe it has major advantages.

I would say only some of those stations that fall out of the general new scheme and are not old either are a bit ugly. (But not all of them either).

What are you saying of the new modern part of the Karlsplatz station? The white marbled ways, with those very cool installations counting the people in love, the days until Chernobyl is habitable again, the numbers of Schnitzel consumed since 1 Jan, the number Pi (at least the first few 100 positions) etc..

Did the actual master design of the Wiener U-Bahn not win an award?
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Old February 17th, 2007, 01:05 PM   #38
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The problem is that the "modern" stations are not modern but nothing more and nothing less than functional standard architecture from the 60s, 70s and 80s.


PS:
Watch out for the U3 coming in the evening. Step back and mind the gap!
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U-Bahn in Vienna - U3 (Part Two)



A runner up to my first thread about the U4



U3

Ottakring - Simmering

This line was only opened in 1991 and the last branch (Erdberg - Simmering) was inaugurated in 2000.

Nearly all of this line is underground, except for the northwestern terminus Ottakring and the former southeastern terminus Erdberg.

Identification colour: Orange.

Length: 13,5 kms
Travel time: 25 mins
Stations: 21
Transfer possibilities: 4 to S-Bahn, 4 to U-Bahn


Let's roll...

Ottakring

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45B, 46B, 146B
J, 46
S-Bahn

The entrance under the tracks to the sidings which are actually located inside of a residential building, the brick wall to the right belong to the viaduct of the S45 line:








Kendlerstraße

You can see a pleasent difference to the pretty worn U4 stations:








Hütteldorfer Straße

Change here for:
10, 49

I had the honour of visiting this station during the tunnel boring works. Pretty impressive to say how it's changed since, I must say...











Johnstraße

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49
10A, 12A

Lots of exits are integrated into buildings constructed in the 90s or early 2000s:




Stylish geometry is a common feature in most new-ish stations.




Schweglerstraße

Change here for:
9, 49
12A







Pretty cool work of art:




Westbahnhof

One of the most important stops along the route. Eastbound trains always really fill up here.

Change here for:
U6
Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)
S-Bahn
5, 6, 9, 18, 52,58
Regional buslines
Airport Shuttle Busses

I only took pics of one exit. The other ones will be featured in the U6 edition.


The underpass junction under the Europaplatz. You can reach every tramway, bus, S-Bahn, railway and underground line without getting wet:




Zieglergasse

Zieglergasse and Neubaugasse stations are architecturally identical:





Neubaugasse
Change here for:
13A





Volkstheater

Change here for:
U2
1, 2, D, J, 46, 49
48A

A very important and interesting station:
The entrance on the Ringstraße, where you can get on all the tramway lines.


The view from the exit, Austria's parliament and the town hall behind it:


The platform itself, artistically enhanced.




Herrengasse
Unlikethe U4, the U3 actually crosses the very city center (between Volkstheater and Stubentor)

Change here for:
1A, 2A, 3A




Stephansplatz - City
The most important touristic station.
Change here for:
1A, 3A

Spot the station!






Stubentor

Change here for:
1, 2
74A

The standard exit:


Built into relicts of the former city wall from the middle ages:


The tracks lie above each other here, so this rather unusual view is possible:
The westbound track below, the eastbound track above:






Landstraße - Wien Mitte

Change here for:
U4
S-Bahn, City-Airport Train
O, 74A

I showed you the main hall in this thread, so I tried to capture some different places this time:



U4 to the left, U3 to the right:




Rochusgasse

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4A, 74A, 79A









Kardinal-Nagl-Platz

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77A, 79A









Schlachthausgasse

Change here for:
18, 72
78A, 80B, 83A, 84A (stadium lines)

This stop is close to Vienna's wonderful tramway museum, I can really recommend it to everyone who is even remotely interested.



A perfect example of well connected PT:






Erdberg
The former terminus of this line, also home to the U-Bahn maintenance.

Change here for:
78A, 79A
Eurolines busses





After Erdberg, the new track (opened 2000) disappears underground again:




Gasometer
Vienna didn't decide to tear our former gasometers down, but to totally reactivate them with flats and shopping centers and even an event hall.

Change here for:
80A

Looks pretty cool:








Zippererstraße

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71, 72





Childrens' paintings:




Enkplatz


Change here for:
6, 71, 72
6A, 15A









Simmering
The southeast terminus.

Change here for:
Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)
S-Bahn
71, 72
69A, 73A

As it is underground, you don't notice you are at a terminus:


What you see first, when you emerge from the worms and the moles:


The station buliding directly under the tracks of the railway:





And that is the end of that! I encourage praisning words.
Actually, I expect a little more resonance than on my U4 thread..

Thanks for watching!
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