The transparent factory (Gläserne Manufaktur) of the Volkswagen plant in Dresden is supplied with material by means of a freight tram. The blue tram can only be seen at certain times in the streets of Dresden. This mural close to Dresden Mitte station gives you an impression of this rare streetcar. [German]
The German name ‘Gothawagen’ refers to the Gothaer Waggonfabrik in Gotha, where the first tramcar of this class was built in 1957 (T57). The depicted tramcar was built in 1960 and is still operating for the Naumburg Tramway.
This tramcar still operated by the Naumburg Tramway was built in 1973. Even though this tramcar numbered N° 51 is of the same class as tramcar N° 50 it looks more lively. Fascinating how much difference some red paint can make.
This tramcar of the class 70/1 was built in 1971 and is still used by the Naumburg Tramway (Naumburger Straßenbahn) in Naumburg (Saale). The Naumburg Tramway is considered the smallest urban tramway in Germany and one of the smallest tramways in Europe.
Inside the depot of the museum tramway in Mariazell. The private association provides not only a museum tramway connecting the railway station of Mariazell with the nearby Erlauf Lake (Erlaufsee) but also consists of a fine selection of Austrian tramcars built before WW II. The depicted tramcar was designed by Austrian architect Otto Wagner.
At Chur railway station I came across this ‘Allegra’ which was ready to climb up the steep railroad to Arosa. Have you ever tried this railway which starts like a tramway in Chur (Video) and turns into a mountain railway (Video) later?
Next to the Museum of Technology in Vienna I came across this tram-train of three tram cars. A rare pic in the Vienna of today. A better chance to see a sample of classic tramcars is a visit in the Viennese Museum of Tramcars (Wiener Tramwaymuseum)
The first district of Vienna is surrounded by a circle street called ‘The Ring’. Taking the yellow ‘Ring Tram’ is like taking a guided tour. The installed audio system explains in eight languages the buildings along the Ring, e.g. the parliament building, the Vienna State Opera and the Hofburg.
The Pöstlingberg Railway (Pöstlingbergbahn) links the main square of Linz with the Pöstling Hill (Pöstlingberg) which offers a great view of the city. The Pöstlingbergbahn is known as one of the world’s steepest adhesion-only railways.
On a sunny spring day I made a trip with this interurban from Trenčianska Teplá to the Slovakian spa Trenčianske Teplice. By the way I was pretty surprised to hear that the announcements on the train loudspeaker were not only made in Slovakian but also in English and even in German!
In Austria there are only three steel trestles. One of them is this viaduct of the Stubai Valley Railway (Stubaitalbahn), a railway which connects Innsbruck with Fulpmes in Tyrol. This pic was taken from inside the train. [German]