Trams in Vienna - B

Trams in Vienna - B

Vienna Tram Fleet

The Vienna tram fleet consists of both high-floor and low-floor vehicles. On weekdays, some lines operate with a combination of high and low-floor trams, but on weekends (especially Sundays), only a limited number of high-floor trams are used on lines D, 2, 5, 25, 31, 38 and VRT. Low-floor trams were successively introduced from 1995, most recently on line 33 in September 2011. This allowed all tram stops in Vienna to be served by such vehicles, thus providing step-free travel throughout the entire network.

Vienna Trams High-Floor Trams

From 1959, articulated tramcars of Type E were used. However, it became difficult to operate these trams with trailer cars due to their underpowered motors, necessitating their replacements soon afterwards.

The successors, the Type E1 trams, were first delivered in 1966. They were of similar appearance to their predecessors, but equipped with more powerful motors. The Type E remained in service until 2007, most recently on lines 10 and 62. E1 had its last day in regular service on July 1, 2022, this on line 30.

After production of the E1 ceased in 1976, a further successor generation, the Type E2, was developed, and has been in service since 1978.

The trailer fleet constructed to match the tramcars is made up of Types c4 for the E1 tramcars, and Type c5 for E2 tramcars. On less frequented lines, the tramcars also operated without trailers.

Following a number of serious accidents, the majority of the high-floor trams have been fitted with electric door edge sensors and rear-view mirrors.

Vienna Tramcars (not air-conditioned)
  • Type E1 - originally 338 cars - built 1966-1976; seats: 40, standing places: 65. (withdrawn as of July 1, 2022).

  • Type E2 - 118 cars (June 2021) (originally 122) - built 1978-1990; seats: 44, standing places: 58 (withdrawal planned for 2026)

Vienna Tram Trailers (not air-conditioned)
  • Type c4 - originally 73 - built 1974-1977 (June 2021), seats: 31, standing places: 43 (withdrawn as of July 1, 2022, together with tramcar E1)

  • Type c5 - 115 cars (originally 117) - built 1978-1990; seats: 32, standing places: 39

Vienna Low-Floor Trams

Vienna Ultra Low Floor (ULF)

The articulated Ultra Low Floor (ULF) trams, built by a consortium composed of Siemens and ELIN, come in two lengths: Type A, a short version with five sections, and Type B, a longer, seven-section version.

Since 1995, one prototype of each length operated on the network. Since 1997, series production versions of both types have been in service.
  • Type A1, a further development of Type A, has been in service since 2007 as the first generation of Vienna tramcars to be fitted with air conditioning. These cars have an updated interior design (yellow handrails, gray walls and red plastic seats) and door-closing indicator lights. They are currently used on lines O, 9, 10, 33, 37, 42, 44, 46, 52 and 62. Deliveries of the longer ULF version, Type B1, began in April 2009, and are currently found on lines D, 1, 2, 5, 6, 18, 25, 26, 31, 38, 40, 41, 43, 49, 60, 67 and 71.
After a fire in one of the low-floor trams in July 2009, it was decided to retrofit all of them with special fenders.

Since 2014, six seats in the second and last sections of Type B and B1 trams have been permanently removed and replaced with two folding seats and 16 standing places to accelerate passenger transfer and increase capacity.

Vienna Non-Air-Conditioned Trams
  • Type A - 51 cars (Fleet no. 1 to 51) - built 1995-2006, seats: 42, standing places: 94.

  • Type B - 100 cars - (Fleet no. 601 to 701) - built 1995-2005, seats: 66, standing places: 141.

Vienna Air-Conditioned Trams
  • Type A1 - 80 cars (Fleet no. 52 to 131) - built 2006-2015, seats: 42, standing places: 94.

  • Type B1 - 100 cars ( Fleet no. 702 to 801) - built 2009-2017, seats: 66, standing places: 143.

Bombardier Flexity Wien

In 2015, Bombardier Transportation's specially-designed Flexity Wien series won against the ULF from Siemens in a tender for 119 new trams, including an option for a further 37 units, purchased with a maintenance agreement. The trams, based on the Adtranz Incentro design, are 34 metres in length and have six double-leaf doors, one fewer than the long ULFs. They have a capacity of 211 and a floor height of 215 millimetres to provide ground-level boarding. They are produced in Bombardier's Vienna factory and have been delivered to Wiener Linen since the end of 2017, entering service out of Favoriten depot in December 2018, initially on line 67 and later lines 6, 11, 18 and 71. Internally designated as Type D, they will gradually replace the last high-floor vehicles in the existing fleet.

Vienna Tram Depots

Throughout its history, the Vienna tramway network has had a variety of Remisen ("carriage houses"), which were officially described as depots or stations. Due to the abandonment of numerous lines, some of these facilities have now been closed for trams (e.g., 2., Vorgartenstraße, 3., Erdberg, 12., Assmayergasse, 14., Breitensee, 15., Linke Wienzeile, 18., Währing, 22., Kagran). A few of them have nevertheless remained in use as operating garages for buses. In 2006, the now former Breitensee depot became the most recently abandoned facility, with its tram fleet being taken over by the Rudolfsheim station.

In recent years, as part of conservation measures, some depots have been gradually closed down as a separate unit, demoted to the status of so-called Abstellanlagen ("parking facilities"), and placed under a different depot. Currently, there are four operating depots in the Vienna tramway network and six parking facilities, as well as the Erdberg station, where the Vienna Tram Museum is housed. Repair work is now performed mostly in the remaining depots, where all vehicles are now officially stationed. The depots are split into the following sectors; North - Floridsdorf, Brigittenau and Kagran, Central - Hernals and Gurtel, South - Favoriten and Simmering, West - Rudolfsheim, Ottakring and Speising.

Vienna Certain Tram Lines or Vehicles are Assigned to each Depot or Parking Facility:
Name Symbol Lines Vehicles Address Nearest stop
Favoriten depot FAV D, O, 1, 6, 11, 18, VRT, U2Z A, A1, B, B1, D, E1, E2, c5 10, Gudrunstraße 153 Quellenplatz
parking facility
SIM D, 11, 71 B, B1, E2, c5 11, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 156 Fickeysstraße
Floridsdorf depot FLOR 2 (1xPM), 5 (1xPM), 25, 26, 30, 31, 33 A, B, B1, E1, E2, c4, c5 21, Gerichtsgasse 5 Floridsdorfer Markt
parking facility
BRG O, 2, 5, 33 A, B, B1, E2, c5 20, Wexstraße 13 Wexstraße
parking facility
KAG 2, 25, 26 B, B1, E1, c4 22, Prandaugasse 11 Kagran
Hernals depot HLS 2, 9, 40, 41, 42, 43 A, A1, B, B1, E2, c5 17, Hernalser Hauptstraße 138 Wattgasse
parking facility
GTL D, 1, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42 A, A1, B, B1, E2, c5 18, Währinger Gürtel 131 Nußdorfer Straße
Rudolfsheim depot RDH 5, 9, 18, 49, 52, 60 A, A1, B, B1, E2, c5 15, Schwendergasse 51 Anschützgasse
parking facility
OTG 10, 44, 46, 49 A, A1, B, B1 16, Joachimsthalerplatz 1 Joachimsthalerplatz
parking facility
SPEIS 10, 49, 52, 60, 62 A, A1, B, B1, E2, c5 13, Hetzendorfer Straße 188 Wattmanngasse

Heavier maintenance, along with periodic servicing, is performed in the Main Workshops of the Wiener Linien

Trams in Vienna Operation

Trams in Vienna Locale: Vienna, Austria
Trams in Vienna Horsecar era: 1865-1903
Trams in Vienna Operator(s): Schaeck-Jaquet & Comp.
Wiener Tramwaygesellschaft
Neue Wiener Tramwaygesellschaft

Trams in Vienna Track Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1/2 in) standard gauge
Trams in Vienna Propulsion System(s): Horses
Trams in Vienna Steam Tram Era: 1883-1922
Trams in Vienna Operator(s): Dampftramway Krauss & Comp.
Neue Wiener Tramwaygesellschaft

Trams in Vienna Track Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1/2 in) standard gauge
Trams in Vienna Propulsion System(s): Steam
Trams in Vienna ElectricTram Era: since 1897
Trams in Vienna Status: Open
Trams in Vienna Routes: 30
Trams in Vienna Operator(s): Wiener Linien
Trams in Vienna Track Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1/2 in) standard gauge
Trams in Vienna Propulsion System(s): Electricity
Trams in Vienna Electrification: 600 V DC overhead line
Trams in Vienna Stock: 525
Trams in Vienna Track Length (total): 432.3 km (268.6 mi) (2013)
Trams in Vienna Route Length: 176.9 km (109.9 mi) (2013)
Trams in Vienna Stops: 1,071
Trams in Vienna 2013 Turnover: 293.6 million

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