Railways / Germany: Electric Multiple Units / Alstom Coradia Continental (440)
In the year 2000, Alstom presented a multiple commuter train unit called Lirex (Light Innovative Regional Express), which was exclusively equipped with independent single-wheel chassis. Based on the experience with this prototype, the "Coradia Nordic" trainsets for Sweden were developed, which were delivered from 2005 onwards and had "classic" Jacobs bogies instead of the single wheels. The "Coradia Continental" trains were adapted to the smaller Central European profile. The first of these units were delivered in 2008 for the regional trains network around Augsburg. Since then, the trainsets were ordered by several operators. The trains delivered from 2014 got a new, crash-optimized front.
Railways / Germany: Diesel Multiple Units / Alstom Coradia LINT (640/648)
The "LINT" is a single or multiple unit articulated railcar, which was designed by the german manufacturer Linke-Hofmann-Busch (LHB) and built from 1999. Since 2011, a further developed version with two bogies under each part instead of Jacobs-type bogies and a modified head design is in production, photos of these vehicles called LINT 54 and 81 are available → here.
Railways / Germany: Diesel Multiple Units / Railbuses (772-798)
The railbuses of the series 795-798 (former West Germany) and 772 (former East Germany) are light, two-axle diesel railcars for low-cost operation on secondary lines, which were used in the second half of the 20th century in large numbers. The "Uerdinger" railbuses in West Germany were built from the 1950s onwards, the manufacturer MAN developed a model for the non-Federal railways. From the 1960s onwards, the so-called LVT was used in the GDR, often also referred to as a railbus. In the 1990s, they were replaced by modern low-floor diesel units.
Public Transport / France / Nice
The city of Nice had a metre-gauge tram network since 1879, which was abandoned in 1953. In the year 2007, the tram was re-opened. In contrast to the first tram network, the new one was carried out with standard-gauge tracks. At present, one line is in operation (about 9 km long), a second one is under construction. The tram is operated by "Société des Transports de Nice" (ST2N) under the brand Name → Lignes d'Azur.