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Old February 26th, 2007, 12:58 PM   #61
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There are four of them actually.

Vienna Gasometers on Wikipedia.

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Old February 28th, 2007, 07:27 PM   #62
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The U-bahn's great. I was really impressed when I rode it. (I stayed by Westbahnhof.)
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Old February 28th, 2007, 07:52 PM   #63
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Old March 10th, 2007, 12:25 PM   #64
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Expect the U1 in the afternoon.
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Old March 10th, 2007, 02:45 PM   #65
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According to german definition the U6 would be a typical Stadtbahn line. It's comparable to the U18 of Essen and Mülheim.
In Vienna on the U6 they use almost the same waggons as they are used at Cologne's lowfloor Stadtbahn.
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Old March 10th, 2007, 02:57 PM   #66
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Awesome thread... Congratulations...
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Old March 10th, 2007, 05:30 PM   #67
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According to german definition the U6 would be a typical Stadtbahn line. It's comparable to the U18 of Essen and Mülheim.
In Vienna on the U6 they use almost the same waggons as they are used at Cologne's lowfloor Stadtbahn.
Even if you go by stadtbahn definition, the trains are way too long to be 'light'! (I know there's at least 3 of the sets marshalled together to form 1 U6 line train)
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Old March 10th, 2007, 06:45 PM   #68
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U-Bahn in Vienna - U2 (Part Four)



U3 U4 U6



U2

Karlsplatz - Schottenring

Identification colour: Purple

Length: 3,5 kms
Travel time: 8 mins
Stations: 6
Transfer possibilities: 4 to U-Bahn



Originally, the line U2 was not a Metro line, but rather an underground tram (premetro) that circled the city center. With the conversion to U-Bahn ops in 1980, the perfect N-S tram connections were cut. Basically, the U2 was one of the biggest mistakes in Vienna's PT history.
It is still by far the shortest line but will be extended to the Ernst-Happel-Stadion (EURO) in May 2008.



Karlsplatz

U1, U4
1, 2, 62, 65, D
4A, 59A
Light rail to Baden

This station is one of the most expansive ones and has dozens of exits all over Karlsplatz, the Ringstraße and adjacent streets.
This one is the closest one to Karlskirche:


U1 and U4 to the left, U2 to the right:


Beautiful:


Since it was never intended to use this tunnel for a metro, the design doesn't fit in well with the other metro lines as it far more basic and far less sophisticated:



Museumsquartier

Change here for:
2A, 57A

Another side effect of the tramway past is the fact that there are hardly any real station buildings, but rather small escalator/staircase/elevator huts that sometimes only take you to one particular platform:







Volkstheater

Change here for:
U3
1, 2, D, J, 46, 49
48A











Rathaus

Change here for:
J

The station is located behind Vienna's town hall (= Rathaus):




The platforms do not face each other:




Schottentor - Universität

Change here for:
1, 2, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, D
1A, 40A
An important station with loads of tramway lines.

University in the background, the main station building in the foreground:


A rather modest entrance:






Some pictures from the underground tram loop. Five of the ten lines that stop here use this loop (Jonas-Reindl) under the Rooseveltplatz:









Schottenring

Change here for:
U4
1, 2, 31
3A



Pretty embarassing:


Tramway line 31 and the Ringturm, Vienna's first highrise building:


I could hardly believe my eyes:


U4 tracks to the left and the right, U2 in the middle:


And in only 16 minutes, she'll be back again:



I know I promised the U1 for today but time didn't allow it.
Hope you enjoyed this funny little line, nonetheless.
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Old March 10th, 2007, 07:14 PM   #69
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Even if you go by stadtbahn definition, the trains are way too long to be 'light'! (I know there's at least 3 of the sets marshalled together to form 1 U6 line train)
There ist no rule, that Stadtbahn trains can't be long. At Stadtbahn Rhein-Ruhr the trains often consist of three or four Stadtbahnwagen B.
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And according to „light can't be long“ look at the moscow light metro!
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Old March 11th, 2007, 12:11 AM   #71
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Hope you enjoyed this funny little line, nonetheless.
We surely did! Funy little line, but not for long
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Old March 11th, 2007, 04:30 PM   #72
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Quite an interestng variety, any reason that the platforms are that layout at Rathaus station? I haven't seen such a layout in a metro before
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Old March 11th, 2007, 07:13 PM   #73
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Like David said, it was once a tram tunnel. Thus the platforms were only 75 meters long, which isn´t enough for a full scale train with six cars. In recent years, the stations have been renovated + their platforms have been extended to 115 meters which makes them look rather funny. Plus, the station Lerchenfelder Strasse (between Rathaus and Volksoper) closed in 2003.


I believe the extension to the Stadium next year will make this line much more attractive (even though it means that tram line 21 between Schwedenplatz and Pratern will have to close down ). I am not sure the line will have so many passangers east of Praterstern except match days, but when the extension across Danube is completed 2010, hopefully...
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Old March 11th, 2007, 08:17 PM   #74
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even though it means that tram line 21 between Schwedenplatz and Pratern will have to close down
Which is once again a testament to the crappy transport planning of our beloved city government...

Pax will have to cope with closed down stations and longer walks.
Subways can never replace tramways. They serve entirely different purposes and it's high time they learnt that...
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<--- No, you don´t understand. U-Bahn is for your own good. Strassenbahnen are inefficient and block the streets when some high-top-city official is underway in Auto to a meeting somewhere. U-bahn, on the other hand, is a rationale way of transportation. Planned and built under streng supervision from our great engineers. You can cross the street without having to see a single car (or a close encounter of the mayor´s limo in your left hip). U-bahn get you from station to station underground. That´s where all our people should be.

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Old March 11th, 2007, 08:28 PM   #76
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Sehr wohl, Herr Doktor Häupl!

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Old March 12th, 2007, 01:18 AM   #77
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What tact do usual Stadbahn lines have?
The U6 is frequency is 6 min normally. Its also on certain parts underground as you can see above. Furthermore is it run by the same company as the subway. (in contrast to the S-Bahn that is run by the national railway ÖBB).

Yes the technology is without 3rd line more of the type of a Stadtbahn. But does that matter? Even if you call the U6 a Stadtbahn therefore, its still used by the people like a subway.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 01:25 AM   #78
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U6 is my favourite!

Btw, when will you make a report of the U5?
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<--- No, you don´t understand. U-Bahn is for your own good. Strassenbahnen are inefficient and block the streets when some high-top-city official is underway in Auto to a meeting somewhere. U-bahn, on the other hand, is a rationale way of transportation. Planned and built under streng supervision from our great engineers. You can cross the street without having to see a single car (or a close encounter of the mayor´s limo in your left hip). U-bahn get you from station to station underground. That´s where all our people should be.

***End of message from Rathaus der Stadt Wien***
rofl

But seriously, these hostile policies towards the PT called Straßenbahn is so anachronistic. Its hard to accept that a city with such a (still) large network acts like it would be 1960.

How long will it take until Vienna will recognize that the Straßenbahn is better than a lousy Bus line? And also that while the subway is great, the tighter better accessible Straßenbahn network can be a very precious addition.
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In 2020, perhaps...
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