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The CarGoTram
Manufacturer Schalker Eisenhütte
Maschinenfabrik GmbH
Constructed 2000
Number built 2
Formation 5 EMU + 7 middle carriages
Train length 59,400 mm (194 ft 10 58 in)
Width 2,200 mm (86 58 in)
Maximum speed 50 km/h (31 mph)
Weight 90 t (89 long tons; 99 short tons)
Power output 20 × 45 kW (60.35 hp) = 900 kW (1,207 hp)

The CarGoTram is a freight tram in Dresden. It supplies Volkswagen's "Transparent Factory" with parts for their automobile production.


The idea of building a "transparent factory" for Volkswagen automobile production in Dresden arose in 1997. On 3 March 2000, the Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG (DVB AG, Dresden Public Transport Co.) and the Volkswagen Automobil-Manufaktur Dresden GmbH (VW Car-Manufacture Dresden Ltd.) signed a contract for the CarGoTram. Movement of parts from the logistics center in Dresden Friedrichstadt (Dresden Frederickstown) to the new factory would be managed using a tram running over infrastructure normally used to move passengers. The route from the logistics center to the factory runs straight through the inner city of Dresden; the use of trucks would have caused an increase of traffic in the city.

Two CarGoTrams were built by the Schalker Eisenhütte Maschinenfabrik GmbH Gelsenkirchen (Schalke Steel Machines Ltd.), each at a cost of 6.5 million Deutsche Mark. The DVB AG is responsible for the transportation and security of the freight.

The freight tram was introduced officially in Dresden on 16 November 2000 and had its first test run on 3 January 2001.

Since production of the VW Phaeton in Dresden has been scaled back, the service is likely to close in 2016.

Route and Cycle[edit]

CarGoTram runs every hour. If necessary, it can run on 40 minute cycles. There are several routes possible. The main route goes from the GVZ (Güterverkehrszentrum, goods logistics center) in Friedrichstadt via Postplatz (Post Office Square) and Grunaer Straße (Gruna Street) to the Straßburger Platz (Strasbourg Square) and finally into the factory. Alternatively, the tram can run via the main station (or other routes) in the case of congestion.


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The CarGoTram is a bidirectional vehicle consisting of 5 segments. The standard formation is three freight units and two combination freight/control units. The control cars have less capacity (7,500 kg or 16,500 lb) than the middle cars (15,000 kg or 33,000 lb), because of space devoted to the driver’s cab. Total capacity is the equivalent of three motor trucks (214 m3 or 7,600 cu ft).

Running gear for the tram was recycled overhauled parts from out-of-service Tatra trams. The bodies were newly built.

All axles of the control car as well as the middle cars are driven.

Ganzzug CarGoTram

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