[as of 2014 ]


Founded: 1715
Population: 296 033 (2012)
Location: Karlsruhe

Network Stats

Karsruhe network is famous for light rail trains operating over the regular tramway street trackage in the city center, and over the railroad trackage in the outskirts of the city. The system also boasted the longest continuous daily regular service operation of old trams of a classic Duewag style design from the 1960s in Germany. Practically identical trams of DWM and Waggon-Union GT8 type, built under a license from Duewag, operated on the Line 5 until 14.12.2014. This line was the last in the city with an unusually narrow distance between tracks, unsuitable for operation of new trams. The tracks were realigned in 2009, however, old trams remained in service for 5 more years due to rolling stock constraints.

There are 7 classic street tramway services within the city core operated by the local city transport operator Karlsruher Verkehrsverbunds (KVV), a subsidiary of a regional authority Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe (VBK). There are 12 light rail lines in the Karlsruhe region operated through cooperation of Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (Alb valley transport corporation, AVG), Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe (VBK) and Deutsche Bahn (DB).

City transport operator: Karlsruher Verkehrsverbunds (KVV)
Regional operator: Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe (VBK)

Horse tram: 1877 - 1900
Steam tram: 1881 - 1900
Electric tram opened: 10.02.1900
Light rail opened: 25.09.1992
Gauge: 1435 mm
City tramway track length: 143 km. (one-way)
Light rail track length: 262,4 km. (two-way)
Number of city tramway lines: 7
Number of light rail lines: 12

Network map: 2008 2013 2014 2014 (region)

Rolling Stock

City tramway - 83 vehicles:
DWM GT8 (2); Waggon Union GT8 (11); Duewag GT6-70D/N (45); Duewag/Siemens GT8-70D/N (25)

Light Rail - 208 vehicles:
Waggon Union GT6-80C (20); Duewag GT8-80C (38); Duewag GT8-100C/2S (35); Duewag/Siemens GT8-100D/M2S (85); Bombardier ET 2010/2S (30)

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Last updated: 28-Sep-2014
© 2002 Author: Yury Maller - Usage of material found herein for public display is possible with authors' permission only.