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Old September 15th, 2015, 04:12 PM   #921
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More tram lines for Vienna
Tuesday, September 15, 2015



VIENNA City Council has unveiled plans for further additions to the tram network in the Austrian capital, which will serve new urban developments on former railway land in Leopoldstadt and Brigittenau north of the city centre

Under the plans, which were announced by the city's deputy mayor Mrs Reante Brauner on September 7, three extensions totalling 5.2km will be built linking new developments at the Nordbahnhof and Nordwestbahnhof sites to interchanges with the S-Bahn and U-Bahn networks. These include:
  • A further extension of Line O north from Leystrasse to Friedrich Engels Platz (in addition to the already-planned Praterstrasse - Leystrasse extension)
  • Extension of Line 33 from Wallensteinplatz to Laystrasse, and
  • Extension of Line 36 from Wallensteinplatz to Friedrich Engels Platz
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After decades of closing tram lines we are finally back to enlarging the network.
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Old October 5th, 2015, 07:21 PM   #923
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Two more videos from the excellent Viennese transport network.

First off, here is my tour of Volkstheater station. This station is served by the U-bahn (U2 and U3) as well as 6 different tram lines.






Next comes Praterstern station. This is a major station served by the U-bahn (U1 and U2) as well as the S-bahn (S1, S2, S3 and S7) as well as some tram lines.





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Time for another large update of my Austrian tour.

First up, Rathaus station on the U2.







Schottentor. Amazing tram interchange! One of the busiest tram hubs in Vienna.







Kaisermühlen station. Serves the UN complex at Donau City.







Donauinsel Station. This one is quite unique as it is underneath the bridge joining Vienna to Donau city.

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Old October 31st, 2015, 12:57 PM   #925
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Vienna Line U1 electrification contract awarded
Saturday, October 31, 2015



VIENNESE public transport operator Wiener Linien has awarded SPL Powerlines Austria a contract to install 750V dc third rail electrification on the southern extension of U-Bahn Line U1 from Reumannplatz to Oberlaa

Powerlines will install 10.3km of aluminium steel conductor rails and cover boards together with around 60km of cabling and 2500 support points on the 4.6km extension. The contract also includes the electrification of sidings and maintenance facilities at Neulaa and Oberlaa

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Old December 7th, 2015, 05:58 PM   #926
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Newest compilation of my Viennese videos for you all.

First up, Karlsplatz Station. U1, U2 and U4.







Next - Längenfeldgasse Station (U4, U6). This one is interesting as I believe this is the only cross-platform exchange in Vienna with all the platforms on the same level.






Schönbrunn station - the closest to the UNESCO world heritage palace of the same name.






Längenfeldgasse to Westbahnhof on an elevated U6 train.







An ironic name given I live in Sweden - this is Schwedenplatz Station on the U1 and U4. Brief view of the trams in the area as well.







Finally, the crown - the new Hauptbahnhof. Awesome station, very nice and clean architecture. This is a little walking tour of the platforms and the station building itself.







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More touring of the impressive Viennese transport network.

First we start at Handelskai station. This is a major station served by the S45 ring S-bahn, as well as the main Stammstrecke portion of the S-bahn network with S1, S2, S3, S4 and S7 travelling along it. It is also served by U6 on the U-bahn network.





Another trip view this time. Here we travel on the regional train from Praterstern to Mitte.






Another view of a U-bahn station. This time it's Stubentor on the U3.






And another trip view here. We travel on the U6 from Thaliastrasse to Spittelau.






Now a large tour of Spittelau station. This station is served by the U6 on the Vienna U-bahn. It is also served by the S-bahn network (S40) as well as the Regional network.






Now another station tour for you. Here we are in Heiligenstadt station. This is served by the U4 and is actually the northern terminus of the line. It is also served by S40 and S45 of the S-bahn network.





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Old February 2nd, 2016, 06:33 PM   #928
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It looks weird - fields and metro in the middle of nowhere.
It doesn't look like a "middle of nowhere" to me with all those cranes!
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 06:48 PM   #929
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It doesn't look like a "middle of nowhere" to me with all those cranes!

Still is a bit "middle of nowhere" even today, because only a fraction of the area has been built up yet (maybe even less than 1/4, take a look at http://www.openstreetmap.org/node/35...8.2256/16.4988)

There were and are discussions whether it was indeed necessary to build the metro already before construction was in full swing, and whether it would have not been sufficient to start with bus services from the previous end-stop "Aspernstraße" (to the west; itself a bit in the middle of nowhere :-)) ) for the time being, and only finalising the metro ones there are more people living there.
ATM, still only every second train actually goes to the final stop, and it will stay like that for some more years...
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My last set of videos from Vienna!

First up, a short ride on the Stammstrecke on an S-bahn from Handelskai to Praterstern.






Schottering U-bahn station tour! The U2 is really nice, rebuilding finished in 2008.







Short tour of Herrengasse on the U3.

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Old February 14th, 2016, 03:09 AM   #931
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Praterstern plateform's width looks unusual and strikes me. They could nearly manage 3 island platforms in the same space.
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Old February 14th, 2016, 03:45 PM   #932
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Well, let's say 2 island platforms would fit in quite comfortably. Why? Because once they actually did. The previous station, which existed until about 10 years ago, had 4 platform islands. It is of course peculiar that the north station was actually scaled down after the fall of the iron curtain but I guess it has something to do with two factors:

First of all, the bottle neck of the S-Bahn main corridor is not here but further south. (which pegs the question why they did not resolve the bottle neck at Wien Mitte when they had the chance to do so during the recent redevelopment) and secondly many trains nowadays take a different route northwards, bypassing the main corridor, heading via the station Simmering to Hauptbahnhof and Meidling.

Appartently they did not want change or scale back the basis of the station Praterstern, which I think was a very good decision as it maintain the option of later expanding the number of platforms again if the need should arise again in a few decades for one reason or another. So that is way they simply made supersized platforms.

The previous station (which I knew as pretty rundown and fugly):

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Old March 8th, 2016, 09:25 PM   #933
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New network plan of the entire public transporation network within city limits of Vienna

(only exception being regional bus lines, which do not play much of a role in intra-municipal journeys)


Thick lines:
Light blue........S-Bahn
other colours....U-Bahn lines

Thin lines:
red..............tram
blue.............bus
(for unfortunate reasons the WLB (light rail) line is also blue)


For full detail click on the picture:


http://www.wienerlinien.at/media/fil...ien_176236.pdf
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Old March 9th, 2016, 01:52 AM   #934
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This map of Vienna may be exhaustive but it seems to me stuck in some uncomfortable interstitial space, it is not completely geographic nor schematic. Therefore it lacks both the perfect accuracy of a geographic map (some more landmarks might help on this) and the extreme clarity of a schematic map (metro and rail lines could be a tad more simplified, especially U4).


Here is a proposal of my own for a schematic map.
The map features the U-Bahn, S-Bahn and tramway networks (without tramway stations at this stage)

I took some liberty widening Landstrasse-Hbf Mitte station in order to achieve a balanced and harmonious global shape.

Take this waltz



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http://www.inat.fr/metro/vienna/
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Old March 9th, 2016, 09:07 PM   #935
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Thanks for that map, it certainly looks very stylish.

I do see some interesting concepts but I don't think it would be a superior replacement for the official map, even if it looks a lot better on first sight.

My points of criticism would be:
  • Design trumps function: Especially at the station Landstraße / Wien Mitte. For the sake of geometric conformity a very misleading impression is caused at this important station. Such connections usually indicate long transfer distances. Even if this usually visalized in a slightly different way, it still can be misleading and looks very awkward.
  • I do like the resolution of the S-Bahn System. I think the official map should also have visualized the different S-Bahn lines.
  • The schematic tram lines are of very limited use, while making the map more complicated. The problem is that without either, a rough geographic correctness, stations etc you really can't get much out of it. On top of that, the different colours for groups of tram lines are more confusing than clarifying.


In short, while the official map looks a bit edgy and feels at unease with itself (you are right, some corners and details are not necessary and should be simplified), it is more helpful because it gives you a complete picture and bus lines are almost as important for that as tram lines. And by staying geographically fairly correct one can really relate it to a geographical map and distances are actually a meaningful criterion. Obviously this map isn't for everyone and for evey need as it is necessarily rather complex but it is much clearer than the previous geographic system maps that it replaces at various PT-stations and stops. I am not sure if I am happy about the replacement as the old maps enabled you to find the very streets you were heading to and the right lines to get there. But this detail was traded for much improved clarity and this new map showed me connections in the system I wasn't that aware about before.
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ÖBB to rebuild Vienna Meidling - Hütteldorf line
Tuesday, March 29, 2016



AUSTRIAN Federal Railways (ÖBB) has unveiled plans for a €265m project to rebuild the Vienna Hütteldorf - Meidling line, which will enable the introduction of higher frequencies on Vienna S-Bahn Line S80

For many years the line was the only direct link from the Vienna - Linz main line to the Vienna - Graz and Vienna - Hegyeshalom (Hungary) lines. With the opening of the Lainz Tunnel in December 2012, a new underground connection was established and the Hütteldorf - Meidling line lost much of its importance as an east-west freight line

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Still remember like it was yesterday ...
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As readers of this thread probably know, the next U-Bahn extension phase will be the U2/U5 project.

The current line U2 will be split into two lines at the station Rathaus. This extension will be done in two phases and the first one has now become a very concrete plan, with construction start in 2018. Test drillings have not identified any problems. Opening date is now planned to be 2023. Financing is secured for this first phase.

There are new visualisations available. The map is a very nice one indeed. You see the existing subway tracks of all lines within the area, and you see what is being repurposed and what is being built newly. Also the precise location of the station exits was updated as far as I know.


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http://www.bildstrecke.at/Aktuelles-...s/detail/15538

Rathaus (U2/U5)


(https://wien.gruene.at/verkehr/linie...den-untergrund © www.oln.at / Stadt Wien)

Pilgramgasse (U2/U4)


(https://wien.gruene.at/verkehr/linie...den-untergrund © www.oln.at / Stadt Wien)

Ruprechtsdorferstraße (U2)


(https://wien.gruene.at/verkehr/linie...den-untergrund © www.oln.at / Stadt Wien)



And last but not least here the map with phase 1 and 2, showing most of the central U-Bahn network (in grey).


http://www.bildstrecke.at/U2/Images/detail/15066
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