Bombardier Traxx (185-186)

Railways / Germany: Electric Locomotives / Bombardier Traxx (185-186)

At the end of the 1990s, the DB freight devision required replacements for hundreds of old electric locomotives, primarily for the so-called → Einheitslokomotiven (= Standard electric locomotives). Due to the increasing international activities a double-system locomotive class was demanded, which is also able to work under the 25 kV AC system. The first engines were delivered in the year 2000 and became a bestseller: more than 400 locos were built for the DB, and orders by many private operators followed, so that a total of more than 1,000 locomotives were sold.
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Class 423

Railways / Germany: Electric Multiple Units / Class 423

In the early 1990s, the development of a successor series for the S-Bahn trainsets of the → class 420 began. They were designed primarily for the Munich S-Bahn services, but are also in use on the S-Bahn networks in Stuttgart, Cologne, and around Frankfurt (Rhein-Main). The first trains were delivered in 1998. By 2007, a total of 462 trainsets had been built. After that, furter modified units were manufactured for the S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr as class 422 until 2010. The most striking change is the new front design with an enlarged crumple zone. The class 430, which has been built for the S-Bahn Stuttgart and Rhein-Main since 2012, is also based on the "423".
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Public Transport / Germany / Dresden

Dresden is the capital of Saxony in Germany and has approx. 500.000 inhabitants. It has an extensive tramway network with a route lenght of more than 130 kilometres. An unusual feature is the track gauge of 1,450 mm, this is 15 mm wider than the standard gauge. Operator of the tram and the city buses is → DVB (Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG).

A special attraction are the two funicular railways in the district of Loschwitz. Both start near at the bus stop Körnerplatz (or approx. 10 minutes walking distance from the tram stop Schillerplatz). The funiculars are only partly integrated into the fare system of the public transport: only weekly and monthly season tickets are accepted, otherwise seperate tickets must be bought. Therefore, the purchase of a weekly travel pass might be advisable also for a stay of two or more days in Dresden.
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Public Transport / Austria, Switzerland / Basel

Basel has some 200,000 inhabitants and approx. 500,000 inclusive the surrounding countryside ("Baselbiet"). It is situated in the northwest of Switzerland directly at the German and French border. The tram network of the → BVB (Basler Verkehrsbetriebe) and → BLT (Baselland Transport) also passes to Germany and France. Altogether, the tram routes have a length of approx. 75 kilometres.

The outer branches to Aesch, Dornach, Pratteln and Rodersdorf are dedicated as railways and are operated by the BLT. As a compensation for the BLT-kilometrage in the city with its yellow tramway cars on the lines 10, 11 and 17 the line 14 is operated by BVB with its green vehicles.
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