Trams in Würzburg

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Würzburg tramway network
WSB GT-N Löwenbrücke 1223.jpg
A GT-N tram crossing the Löwenbrücke,
Würzburg, 2007.
Operation
Locale Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany
Horsecar era: 1892 (1892)–1900 (1900)
Status Converted to electricity
Operator(s) Würzburger Straßenbahn, Havestad, Contag & Cie
Propulsion system(s) Horses
Electric tram era: since 1900 (1900)
Status Operational
Lines 5[1][2]
Operator(s) Würzburger Straßenbahn GmbH
Propulsion system(s) Electricity
Electrification 750 V DC
Stock 41[3]
Track length (single) 42 km (26 mi)[3]
Route length ~21 km (13 mi)
Stops 46[2]
Passengers (annually) c.20 million[3]
Würzburg tramway network, 2012.
Website Würzburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrs-GmbH (German)

The Würzburg tramway network (German: Straßenbahnnetz Würzburg) is a network of tramways forming part of the public transport system in Würzburg, a city in the federal state of Bavaria, Germany.

The network presently consists of five lines,[1] with a total track length of 42 km (26 mi)[3] (yielding a one-way route length of approximately 21 km (13 mi)). It is currently operated by Würzburger Straßenbahn GmbH, a subsidiary of Würzburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrs-GmbH (WVV).

History[edit]

The first horse-drawn tramway opened in Würzburg in 1892.[3][4] The first electric trams went into operation in Würzburg in 1900.[3]

Beginning in the 1990s, a concerted effort was made to move Würzburg's tramlines into their own rights-of-way and convert them more to a light rail (Stadtbahn) type of operation over the traditional tram system operating in regular road traffic. Currently, most of Würzburg tramlines, outside of sections downtown and in the Sanderau district, operate as light rail in their own rights-of-way. In addition, low-floor light rail vehicles were purchased.

Lines[edit]

As of 2013, the network was made up of the following five lines:[1][2]

Line Route Travel time Length*
1 Grombühl Uni-Kliniken – Hauptbahnhof Deutsche Bahn AG-Logo.svg – Juliuspromenade – Stadtmitte – Sanderring – Sanderau 20 min. 10.4 km
2 Hauptbahnhof Deutsche Bahn AG-Logo.svg – Juliuspromenade – Wörthstraße – Zellerau 14 min. 8.0 km
3 Hauptbahnhof Deutsche Bahn AG-Logo.svg – Juliuspromenade – Stadtmitte – Sanderring – Steinbachtal – Reuterstraße – Heuchelhof 27 min. 19.3 km
4 Sanderau – Sanderring – Stadtmitte – Wörthstraße – Zellerau 23 min. 12.6 km
5 Grombühl Uni-Kliniken – Hauptbahnhof Deutsche Bahn AG-Logo.svg – Juliuspromenade – Stadtmitte – Sanderring – Steinbachtal – Reuterstraße – Heuchelhof – Rottenbauer 39 min. 26.2 km

* The figure refers to both directions, ie a complete round trip.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Linieninformationen - Großwabe Würzburg" [Line Information - (in) the Würzburg 'honeycomb'] (in German). Verkehrsunternehmens-Verbund Mainfranken GmbH (VVM). Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b c "Liniennetz der Straßenbahn in Würzburger" [Tram Line Network in Würzburg] (pdf) (in German). Verkehrsunternehmens-Verbund Mainfranken GmbH (VVM). September 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Nahverkehr - Fahrgäste - Wissenswertes - Straßenbahn der WSB - Übersicht" [Suburban Traffic - Passengers - Things worth knowing - The Tram of the WSB - Overview] (in German). Würzburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrs-GmbH (WVV). Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Über uns - Historie - Übersicht" [About us - History - Overview] (in German). Würzburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrs-GmbH (WVV). Retrieved 2013-10-04. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Hendlemeier, Wolfgang (1981). Handbuch der deutschen Straßenbahngeschichte [Handbook of German Tram History] 1. München.  (German)
  • Höltge, Dieter; Kochems, Michael (2006). Straßen- und Stadtbahnen in Deutschland [Tramways and Stadtbahnen in Germany]. Band 10: Bayern [Volume 10: Bavaria]. Freiburg i. B., Germany: EK-Verlag. ISBN 388255391X.  (German)
  • Klebes, Günther (1980). Die Strassenbahnen Bayerns in alten Ansichten [The Trams of Bavaria in Old Postcards]. Zaltbommel. ISBN 90-288-1197-4.  (German)
  • Schwandl, Robert (2012). Schwandl's Tram Atlas Deutschland (3rd ed.). Berlin: Robert Schwandl Verlag. pp. 140–141. ISBN 9783936573336.  (German) (English)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°47′N 09°56′E / 49.783°N 9.933°E / 49.783; 9.933