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Old February 17th, 2007, 09:15 PM   #41
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Thanks for the kind words everyone!

May I direct your interest towards another afternoon of hard work:

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Old February 17th, 2007, 09:34 PM   #42
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Awesome report!
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Old February 17th, 2007, 09:42 PM   #43
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is the Vienna and Oslo wagons same width ? half of the roof on the oslo wagons would fall off if tried in London and about 15% in Stockholm.

I see that Vienna uses same third rail system as in Oslo. Some of your pics shows third rail with yellow cover also.
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Old February 18th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #44
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Great pictures! Some of the stations remind me a bit of the Munich subway, especially the platform level of Schweglerstraße.

Looks like most stations have have two access points, one at either end of the station. Is that right?

I really like station entrances that are incorporated into existing buildings. Are platform lengths 120m?
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Old February 18th, 2007, 01:49 AM   #45
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Platform length is between 115 and 120m.
Most stations have two access buildings, yes. Some of course, have more.
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Old February 18th, 2007, 12:41 PM   #46
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Great photo's. I'm looking forward to your other reports.
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Old February 18th, 2007, 01:52 PM   #47
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these "kind-of-children-paintings" on the walls are great idea
/die sind echt geil/


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Old February 18th, 2007, 02:36 PM   #48
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It's not "kind of children", these walls were really designed by children of a nearby elementary school:



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Old February 18th, 2007, 10:49 PM   #49
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Very nice report. Vienna seems to have a great metro network. I like the stations.
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Old February 18th, 2007, 11:04 PM   #50
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Another great chapter of your U-Bahn series.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 09:18 PM   #51
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Expect the U6 tomorrow afternoon.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 09:50 PM   #52
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Beautiful, Thank you! Vienna was first western city I visited after the Iron curtain fell down. I still remember how amazed I was back then.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 10:08 PM   #53
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Great work David! I have to visit Vienna soon, I love that city, it's close to my heart.
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Old February 24th, 2007, 08:33 PM   #54
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U-Bahn in Vienna - U6 (Part Three)



U3 U4




U6

Floridsdorf - Siebenhirten

Identification colour: Brown

Length: 17,4 kms
Travel time: 36 mins
Stations: 24
Transfer possibilities: 5 to S-Bahn, 3 to U-Bahn


The line U6 is a very special one. It's the only line in Vienna without a third rail system. That's why another type of trainset has to be used (with overhead pantographs).
Apart from that, it is noteworthy as the architecturally least homogenic line, for a variety of reasons. The most northern part (Spittelau - Floridsdorf) is typical for the metro architecture of the mid 90s, between Spittelau and Gumpendorfer Straße (along the Gürtel, the outer ring road) the line runs on elevated tracks designed by Otto Wagner in the late 19th century and uses the historical stations (apart from three exceptions). Between Längenfeldgasse and Philadelphiabrücke there is another ordinary underground section which is followed by another elevated track that leads all the way to Siebenhirten. These southernmost stations used to be the stops for an accelerated tramway line, which was replaced with U6 later. (God knows why. )



Floridsdorf

Change here for:
S-Bahn
Regional trains
26, 31, 32
20B, 28A, 29A, 33B, 34A

The interior of the T-type, the current workhorse on this line (and this line ONLY!):









Neue Donau

Change here for:
20B



The U6 then crosses the New Danube (in the foreground) and the Danube itself (behind the island) and reaches Handelskai and the Millenium Tower:


T-wagon from the outside:


Vienna's mosque with the Donaucity behind:



Handelskai

Change here for:
S-Bahn
5A, 11A

U-Bahn tracks to the right, S-Bahn tracks to the left:








Dresdner Straße

Change here for:
N









Jägerstraße

Change here for:
31, 32



The western exit in front of the school where I attend my weekly Norwegian course. Ja, jeg snakker litt norsk!






Spittelau

Change here for:
U4
S-Bahn
35A







Nussdorfer Straße

Change here for:
37, 38
34A, 35A, 37A

This is the first station where you encounter historistic fin de siècle architecture on southbound trains:






Währinger Straße - Volksoper

Change here for:
40, 41, 42
40A

This station serves Vienna's second important Opera house, the Volksoper:






The Volksoper:




Michelbeuern - AKH

Change here for:
42

This station was constructed to serve as the principal gateway to the AKH (Allgemeines Krankenhaus - General Hospital):



The entrance to both the station and the hospital:


The overpass between the Gürtel (Vienna's outer ring road), the station and the hospital:






Alser Straße

Change here for:
43, 44







Josefstädter Straße

Change here for:
J

Unfortunately not yet renovated:








Thaliastraße

Change here for:
46
48A

The ugliest station in the whole city. Who in their right mind would design a metro station in black glass and metal and concrete???









Burggasse - Stadthalle

Change here for:
5, 6, 9, 18, 49

A breathtaking contrast.
Vienna's new central library was built upon pillars above the station. One of the most spectacular and innovative architectural solutions in this city:

View from the station (northern exit):




From above:


The library's main entrance (with the restaurant atop) and the integrated southern access building of the metro:


The view of the tramway hub with its elegant roofs:


Along the Gürtel, hazy view all the way to the Wienerberg:




Westbahnhof

Change here for:
U3
S-Bahn
Regional trains
Regional busses
5, 6, 18, 52, 58

I partly portrayed this station in my U3 thread, but here is the rest:

The train station itself:


The hall that connects tramway and metro lines:


Downstairs to the main station hall and the U3, upstairs to the trams:




Gumpendorfer Straße

Change here for:
6, 18
9A, 57A







Längenfeldgasse

Already featured in my U4 thread, however...
...for comparison between the standard U-type on the U4 and the other lines (to the right) and the T-type of the U6 (to the left):


U6:


U4:




Niederhofstraße

Change here for:
10A, 63A









Philadelphiabrücke

Change here for:
S-Bahn
Regional trains
WLB
62
7A, 8A, 9A, 15A, 59A, 62A, 64A









Tscherttegasse

Very idyllically located:








Am Schöpfwerk

Change here for:
16A

Serving a huge communal residential complex:








Alterlaa

Change here for:
66A

Alterlaa residential blocks, taken from the approaching train:









Erlaaer Straße

A station in the middle of plain nothingness:








Perfektastraße

Change here for:
64A, 266



Wienerberg towers again, this time from the other side:




Siebenhirten

Change here for:
Regional busses

The terminus:


The bus stops and the U6 sidings:






I hope that spending the day in very windy stations has turned out to be a good decision and you like this third report.

Thanks for watching!
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Old February 24th, 2007, 11:41 PM   #55
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Wow thanks once again for this great report! I really like the Burggasse - Stadthalle station.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 12:03 AM   #56
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Thalia Straße is without the slightest doubt the ugliest U-Bahn station in whole Vienna. Actually if you see the inside regularly when driving through, seeing the outside from time to time is a relief.

Really, this dark appearance from the outside is nothing against the (full intentional!) ultra ugly ****ed up naked concrete interior. I would say, already painting it in a decent color (and may it be only white for example) would improve the look unimaginably. .... Well, anyway.


WRT Erlaaer Straße, dont say anything bad about it. I used this station once, a year ago or so. I guess I was the first one in months

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Old February 25th, 2007, 12:27 AM   #57
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Thank you for the effort, the report is awesome
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Old February 25th, 2007, 02:05 AM   #58
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Great unterbahn in great city! I'm considering to do similar report about Prague metro.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 02:51 AM   #59
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Go for it!
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Old February 26th, 2007, 12:39 PM   #60
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That Gasometer looks great!
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