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The next weeks I´ll show you transportation systems in Germany.
The first city is Hamburg:

Hamburg has about 1.7 Mio inhabitants (metro 2.5) and is an important harbour city.


Hamburg has a subway(but called Hochbahn there because drives above street level in many parts) and a S-bahn. Also there is the Regionalbahn and many buslines which I´ll show you later. Some facts:

SUBWAY:
There are 3 subway lines with a length of 101,0 km and 89 stations.
The Hochbahn has 255 subway trains and 181,1 Mio passengers per year.

S-BAHN:
Then there´s the S-bahn with 6 S-bahn lines and a length of 115,2 km and 59 stations.

BUS:
There are 112 bus lines and the length is 1.448 km with 1.254 stations.
827 buses are in service, 193,2 Mio passengers are using the bus per year.

TRAM:
There was a big tram-system in Hamburg until 1978 when the last tram line closed
Today, there are no plans for new tram lines.

Here are some pics:

The newest subway:










The older subway:






The newest S-bahn train:





The older S-bahn trains:





You can post pics too!

Anyway, more stuff soon!
 

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And here is the map of the Metrobus network.

The Metrobus-lines are important bus lines with a high frequency. The concept was introduced a few years back. Although many city bus lines got only new numbers without changing the route, it has a positive effect for the customer in navigating through the network.
As far as i know the Metrobus line 5 is the heaviest used bus line in Europe. Most of the customers use it to get to university. Intervalls during rush hour on this line are 3-4 minutes and often two buses arrive and depart at the same time.
 

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Nice thread! I've been to Hamburg once. Unfortunately, it was by car, so I had no opportunity to travel by U-bahn or S-bahn...:(

To me, it seems a very interesting system, because both U and S-bahn systems are old ones, with its own history, character and atmosphere. I like the pictures of the steel bridges along the harbour, and the railway bridges (don't know where it was exactly) which I saw when we entered Hamburg from Berlin.

I'm very curious about the older Hamburg U-bahn trains, the silver ones with the red doors. The first generation of metro trains in Amsterdam was developed from both the Hamburg and Munich U-bahn cars. They can be described as trains with dimensions and bogies similar to Munich, with a body similar to Hamburg.
 

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Very interesting thread. I'm looking forward to the others!
 

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DiggerD21 said:
As far as i know the Metrobus line 5 is the heaviest used bus line in Europe.
This is because Germany's second-biggest city is one of the poorest municipalities in Europe: Hamburg doesn't have the money to build a metro or LRT line where it is needed so they still run buses. The subway network is still incomplete. In the past 32 years, while some other cities got subway extensions of more than 100 km, Hamburg got less than 9 km!

But there's a switch for U2 and U3 branches under construction so there will be the old circle line again (line re-organisation planned for 2009).
 

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Here I found a small map about the U4 which should be built to the new Hafencity.

The Hochbahn sais that construction will start in 2007 and it will be ready in 2011.

I´m sorry for the small map.

The new line should begin at the station "Jungfernstieg". It should be 4.5 km long.

 

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Here I found one picture of a Hamburg tram. This is one of the last. Since 1978 there´s no tram service anymore.

 

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They started in 1912 as the world's 10th subway. Only 4 months after inauguration, the entire circle line (18 km) was complete, a speed which seems quite amazing when compared to the performance today (only 9 km of extensions since 1973).

Year, odd thing is, Madrid seems to still be able to build metro's as fast these days. Most cities take ages for small extensions.
 

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The maps are not quite correct.

The only subway extension planned is one station on line U4 (marked in red). It is the most stupid subway planning I have ever seen. They want to build a huge loop right under the center of the city of almost 4 km length without any intermediate stops. It will cross two other lines without having transfer connections with them. Here's a map:

The only station planned is Überseequartier (marked Ü). It would be much easier and shorter to build an extension from line U1 (marked in blue) at Messberg (marked M) but subway planners in Hamburg seem to like it the complicated way. It's a huge waste of money and the result will be a line which changes direction and has a loop of almost 270 degrees.

Apart from that, one S-Bahn station to the airport is under construction. After practically every city in the Western world has train stations in their airports, Hamburg is the last one and finally gets one too.
 

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ye, u're right, it's a bit stupid. i always thought the same way, as i read about the planned extention of the U4 in Hamburg. does anyone know, if there is a reason of that?
 
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