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German Trams Part 1: Frankfurt. Mainz and Cologne

German Trams Part  1: Frankfurt. Mainz and Cologne


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We start our tour of three German tram systems on this video programme with a visit to the financial capital of Europe – Frankfurt. Starting in 1994 we see the first of the low-floor Duewag trams just delivered in the new all-over aquamarine livery, which contrasts nicely with the familiar orange, cream and brown scheme applied to the older Düwag units. The system runs on 119.4 km of standard gauge track (1435mm). We make a further brief visit in 1997 before retuning in 2007 for a more comprehensive look at the system filming in some of the same locations and a whole host of new ones. The fleet is now 100% low floor with a new fleet of Bombardier vehicles adding variety to this very smart and efficient system.

Our second location is to the historic Rhein city of Mainz. In 2007 the fleet is made up of new 100% low floor ADtranz cars. There are three routes that run on 19.3 km of 1 metre gauge track. Our locations include the historic Gautor Straße area and the busy Bahnhofplatz.

Our third tram system visit is to the city of Köln located on the river Rhein and dominated by a massive cathedral. We make two visits, the first in 1998, the second in 2007. Here we see the modern fleet of Bombardier cars in action. Running on 190.3 km of standard gauge track, they look very similar to the trams operating in the UK on the Croydon Tramlink system even down to the fleet livery of red and white.

So enjoy the experience of mainland Europe’s modern clean urban transport.


Filmed by/when: Denis Strange, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2007
First published on DVD: 2007
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 67-mins (1hr 7min)

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German Trams Part 2: Heidelberg, Mannheim and Wuzburg

German Trams Part  2: Heidelberg, Mannheim and Wuzburg


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The historic university city of Heidelberg on the river Neckar is part of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar tram network. Our first visit starts in 1998 with the mainstay of the fleet being the ‘standard’ Düwag type cars operating on this 20.7 km system on metre gauge track. We return in 2007 where some of these cars are still in service along with newer low floor Duewag cars and also new Bombardier cars. Filming takes place at the busy Bismarck-Platz, Hauptbahnhof and Berg-Heimer Straße and Mittermailer-Straße plus other locations.

There is a 61 km interurban light railway, the OEG, that links the centre of Heidelberg with neighbouring Mannheim. Many of the units on this system are made by Duewag and have received a very high level of refurbishment. These ‘step entrance’ cars run alongside newer low floor cars and make a very interesting comparison. Our cameras travel on this service to reach this modern commercial city. Here we see Duewag, ADtranz and Bombardier cars in action together in a variety of smart bright liveries. Some early 1960’s Düwag cars are filmed which have low floor centre sections. The Mannheim system is 59.2 km long on metre gauge track. Also linked to this system is Ludwigshafen and the wine growing town of Bad Dürkheim. We present a short ride from Mannheim to Bad Dürkheim filmed in 1994.

In comparison we visit Wüzburg in northern Bavaria. Set on the river Main this beautiful baroque city has a small system of some 18.8 km on metre gauge track. Our first visit is in 1998 where some older Duewag cars are still in service alongside new LHB cars. We returned in 2007 to see older LHB cars with low floor sections added, and newer LHB cars offering 100% low floor access.


Filmed by/when: Dennis Strange, 1994, 1998 & 2007
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 92-mins (1hr 32min)

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German Trams Part 3: Leipzig & Halle

German Trams Part  3: Leipzig & Halle


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he former east German city of Leipzig is home to a massive tramway system. Running mostly on street track, the system serves a large number of suburban towns surrounding the city. Leipzig has the largest railway station in Europe and most of the tram routes pass this fantastic building that now also houses a very modern shopping mall. A large fleet of Tatra trams were built up during the Communist era, but are now being replaced by low-floor cars. A number of low-floor trailers have been added to the fleet to run with the Tatras. Our filming starts at the railway station during the very busy early morning rush. We then move along to the busy Martin Luther Ring and Roßplattz stopping to film at Jahnallee Sportforum and Westplatz along the way. Augustusplatz and Grimmaischer Steinweg are our next locations before ending up back at the Hauptbahnhof for the evening rush. Plenty of action featuring old and new rolling stock for you to enjoy.

Our next visit is to the industrial city of Halle, on the river Saale. Halle also has a large network of urban tram routes on metre gauge track. Like Leipzig most is street track , but new extensions are being built to serve new housing areas. We concentrate our filming on the Marktplatz and Riebeckplatz which is not far from the Hauptbahnhof . This smart fleet still contains some Tatra T4 trams, but these are being replaced by newer low-floor cars built by Bombardier. There are also a number of partly low-floor cars built by Duewag.

Since the reunification of Germany the former ‘east’ is now being modernised to improve the level of service provided. This video helps capture the current scene which, as you will see is steadily changing to the low-floor standard we are seeing all over Europe.


Filmed by/when: Dennis Strange, 2008
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 109-mins (1hr 49-min)

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German Trams Part 4: Dresden & Gera

German Trams Part  4: Dresden & Gera


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The capital city of Saxony, an area of Germany that was part of the former East, is Dresden. The city suffered badly during the Second World War with most of the architecture being totally destroyed. Over the years a number of the beautiful historic buildings have been reconstructed. The city lies on the River Elbe and is crossed by four bridges all served by the large tram system. In DDR times the fleet was made up of Tatra T4 trams. These are gradually being replaced by low-floor Siemens trams and more recently by Bombardier vehicles. The tramway also has a goods tram service between the railway and the new VW car factory, called the ‘CarGoTram’ and is featured here.

The programme starts with a short Photo Gallery shot in 1991 when the fleet was changing livery from the Communist red and cream livery to the present day yellow and black scheme. Our filming starts at the Hauptbahnhof and then continues around the city at various locations. These include St. Petersburger Straße, Waisenhaußtrase, Theaterplatz, Augustusbrücke and Neustädter Markt to name but a few. There is also footage on the Carolabrücke and by the superb Zwinger Palace. Plenty of action for you to enjoy.

Our second visit on this programme is to the attractive Vogtland town of Gera. There are three main routes here on the metre gauge track. The current fleet is made up of modernised Tatra KT4D trams, some fitted with low-floor sections and in 2006 newly delivered low-floor cars to the NGT8D configuration built by Alstom.

The filming takes place around Heinrich Straße and Breitscheid Straße. The trams are in a modern yellow and white scheme that also replaced the familiar red and cream livery from the bygone era.


Filmed by/when: Dennis Strange, 2008
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 109-mins (1hr 49min)

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German Trams Part 5: Chemnitz & Erfurt

German Trams Part  5: Chemnitz & Erfurt


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Continuing our journey through the former East Germany on this video series, we call firstly in the industrial city of Chemnitz. During the time of the DDR it was renamed Karl-Marx-Stadt, but returned to its original name after reunification. In 1960 a narrow gauge tramway was replaced by the standard gauge system. Over the years since then the system has been expanded and now features a modern fleet using double ended low-floor Variotrams, as well as single-ended cars of this type built by Bombardier alongside very much rebuilt Tatra T3Ds.

Our filming takes place in Brückenstraße, Straße Der Nationen, Bahnhofstraße and outside the Hauptbahnhof. There is plenty of action from this very smart and interesting fleet. The striking yellow, blue and white livery is set off against the trams sporting overall advertisements. The older Tatra T3D are much in evidence and it is interesting to note how heavily they have been rebuilt to give them a more modern appearance.

Our second location on this programme is to small city of Erfurt. The very pretty central area is an excellent backdrop to observe the trams operating. The system runs on metre gauge track and is mostly street-based. Extensions have been built to new housing areas. The fleet consists of a mixture of older Tatra KT4D cars and newer partly low-floor vehicles built by Duewag. The latest trams are completely low-floor and are built by Siemens. Our filming starts at Anger and continues to include Fischmarkt, Domplatz, Schlosser Straße and the Hauptbahnhof. A surprise appearance of Museum car 92 makes our day as we film it running through the city at Fischmarkt and Anger. Dating from 1938 this immaculate little tram was built by Gotha / AEG, and was obtained from Gotha in 1983. A fitting end to this interesting programme of some of the tram systems of the former east Germany.




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German Trams Part 6: Dusseldorf, Bielefeld, Hannover & Krefeld

German Trams Part  6: Dusseldorf, Bielefeld, Hannover & Krefeld


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The modern city of Düsseldorf situated on the Rhein, is home to the famous tram manufacturing company of Duewag. Their trams are very much in evidence here and can be seen in this video programme. Early Düwag AM8 trams dating from the mid 1960’s were still running in service when our cameras visited in May 2010. Many new Duewag Stadtbahn low floor trams are much in evidence, sporting a silver livery in contrast to the traditional red and cream of the older vehicles. In 2010 there is still plenty of street running, but this will soon change as a number of lines are to be put into subways. You will also see inter-urban trams running to Krefeld and Duisburg. A fleet name of Rheinbahn is used on the Düsseldorf trams. Filming locations include Heinrich and Kasernen Strasse, Graf Adolf Platz and the Hauptbahnhof. There is plenty of action for you to enjoy.

From the hustle and bustle of Düsseldorf we move further north to Bielefeld, a quieter modern town situated between the Ruhr and Hannover. With its metre-gauge tramway our cameras observe the tram movements at the tram station on Nieder Wall and nearby N. Dürkopp Strasse. The Bielefeld system uses high-floor trams with high platforms at most stops. The fleet is made up of Stadtbahn style cars manufactured by Duewag and a number of them are in all over advert liveries. Look out for the works car converted from an earlier Düwag tram.

Our third visit on this programme is to Hannover, a largely rebuilt city after the war, noted for its Trade Fairs. It too has Stadtbahn high floor cars with most of the central running in subways, apart from route 10 to Ahlem which uses traditional track. We take a ride on this service to locations such as Glocksee and Goetheplatz to record the services there. Other filming locations include the Hauptbahnhof, Dragonerstrasse and Bütnerstrasse.

Our final visit on this programme is to Krefeld, a modern industrial town north-west of Düsseldorf. It is served by a 37.3km metre-gauge tram system, and is also linked to the regional city by the Rheinbahn standard-gauge light rail line resulting in some dual gauge track in the central area. A fleet of Düwag and Duewag articulated trams provide the metre gauge service; the interurban trams that we have observed earlier in this programme in Düsseldorf are also recorded. This very smart fleet trams are filmed at the Hauptbahnhof and along Ostwall. The early Düwag cars filmed on our visit left the system in August 2010 and moved to Sofia in Bulgaria.


Filmed by/when: Dennis Strange, 2010
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 94-mins (1hr 34min)

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German Trams Part 7: Nuremburg and Munich

German Trams Part  7: Nuremburg and Munich


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Filmed in 2012, the historic city of Nürnberg (Nuremburg) has an impressive tram and U-Bahn system. For the purpose of this programme, we concentrate on the tramway. Built to the standard gauge of 1435mm the system covers 36.3km. Most of the system is street track with some reserved running areas. The current fleet is made up of low floor Adtranz/Siemens GT6N, Adtranz, Bombardier/Siemens GT8N2 and GTV6Variobahn Stadler cars.

Our filming starts at Neutor Graben. Then our cameras move along Westtorgraben, Spittlerorgraben to the busy tram station at Am Plärrer to record the action. We came across an ‘Old Timer’ M.A.N. bus doing some publicity work which adds to the interest here. The next location is outside the Hauptbahnhof where there is plenty of action to enjoy before we head back towards Neutor Graben. Most of the trams are seen in service in their smart red and white livery, some trams are in overall advertising schemes to add some extra colour – look out for the car advertising the tramway museum!

The next city to feature on our programme is München (Munich), the capital of Bavaria. This beautiful historic city, with its imposing buildings, fountains and excellent tramway is situated on the river Isar. The system is to the standard gauge of 1435mm and covers 71.2km. The current fleet is made up of GT6N MAN, AEG/Siemens, GT8N2 Adtranz, Bombardier/ Siemens and Variobahn Stadler. They are also still running a set of P3 Rathgeber, München AM4s, dating from 1967/8, which are seen on a number of occasions in this programme.

Our filming starts outside the Hauptbahnhof and then moves to the busy Karlsplatz and Sonnenstrasse. We continue along Maximilianstrasse and into the old town for some more action in the historic streets. All types of this smart fleet are captured for you to enjoy from the 1960’s P3 to the brand new Variobahns still being delivered. The evening rush is captured back on Karlsplatz and at the Hauptbahnhof, and to finish off our visit to München we do some night filming at Hauptbahnhof and Dachauer Strasse.



Cover photo: Mike Bowman
Narrated By: Denis Strange
First published on DVD: 2013
Screen aspect ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 97-mins (1hr 37min)

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German Trams Part 8: Augsburg, Ulm and Freiburg

German Trams Part  8: Augsburg, Ulm and Freiburg


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The historic Bavarian city of Augsburg is situated on the river Lech. The trams are the main feature of the attractive old town where the seven lines run in from the modern suburbs. Electric trams started back in 1898 and still run on metre gauge track. The fleet in 2012 is made up of 11 GT6M Astranz/Siemens, 41 Combino (Siemens) and 27 CityFlex (Bombardier) in an attractive olive green and off white livery. Some of the trams are in overall advert schemes which adds extra colour to the city.

Our filming starts at Fischer Strasse and moves to the busy centre of the old town at Moritzplatz. Further filming takes place at Rathausplatz, Karolinenstrasse, Fuggerstrasse and Köningsplatz. We then move to the historic small town of Ulm in southern Germany. Electric trams go back to 1897, and to this day they run on metre gauge track, just operating one route. Route 1 goes from Sölfingen to Böfingen. The fleet consists of 10 Combino (Siemens) trams in an attractive pale blue, white and black livery. Each of the trams are named, with their name carried vertically on the side near the front of the car and above the fleet number of the front and back of each set. Our filming takes place at Bahnhofplatz on Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse and along Olgastrasse.

The final system that we visit on this programme is to the attractive and historic city of Freiburg, situated between the Rhein and the Black Forest. The trams operate through the narrow streets of the city centre and through the old city gate towers before serving the suburbs around the city. Electric trams began in Freiburg in 1901 and also run on metre gauge track. The fleet is made up 5 GT8K (Duewag), 11 GT8N (Duewag), 26 GT8Z (Duewag) and 18 Combino (Siemens) and operate in an attractive dark red and white livery and run on 5 routes. Our filming starts at Hauptbahnhof. We then make our way along Bertoldstrasse to the busy Bertoldbrunnen and then along to Salzstrasse. We continue to Kaiser-Joseph-Strasse and see the trams running through the historic city gates. More filming is done in the city centre. Probably one of the most attractive cities in Germany.


Filmed by/when: Dennis Strange, 2012
First published on DVD: 2012
Screen aspect ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 94-mins (1hr 34min)

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German Trams Part 9: Karlsruhe, Darmstadt & Koln

German Trams Part  9: Karlsruhe, Darmstadt & Koln


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Filmed in 2012, Karlsruhe is an interesting city, much rebuilt after damage inflicted during the Second World War. The main focus of the city is the palace of Prinz Karl-Wilhelm from which the streets radiate out from. The pedestrianised main shopping street and the Marktplatz is served extensively by trams and many interurban lines, including the Albtalbahn (AVG) which run long distant services to the north and to the south into the Black Forest. The electric tramway started in 1900 and is built to the standard gauge of 1435mm. The fleet is made up of 14 GT8 Duewag trams dating from 1972, all immaculately presented in the fleet livery of yellow and red, 45 Duewag/Siemens GT6-70, 20 Duewag/Siemens GT8-70 and 25 Vossloh Citylink NET 2012. Some of the Tram-train fleet is also seen on the programme, mostly of Duewag manufacture. Our filming starts in the early morning at the busy Bahnhofplatz and then moves along Augarten, Ettlinger and Karl Friedrich Strasse. Action is also captured at the very busy junctions at the Marktplatz and Kaiserstrasse. We return to the Bahnhofplatz via Konzerthaus, Karlstrasse and Erbertstrasse filming at each of these locations.

Our next location is Darmstadt in the region of Hessen, a small town south of Frankfurt-am-Main. Electric trams started here in 1897 and run on metre gauge track. The trams cover a large area beyond the central area, out to towns such as Alsbach and Griesheim. The smart fleet consist of 10 Waggon-Union/AEG GT8, 20 LHB/Adtranz NGT8D and 18 Alstom/Bombardier NGT8D as well as 30 low floor trailers. The livery is blue and orange on a white base. Some cars also carry overall advertising liveries. Filming starts in the central area at Luisenplatz during the busy late afternoon rush capturing all of the action. We then film the trams at high speed along Rheinstrasse as we move along to the Hauptbahnhof to complete our visit to Darmstadt.

Our final visit is a brief one to Köln. Filming takes place at Neumarkt. The fleet, KVB, is now made up mostly of Bombardier products running in a red and white livery, of which are number are filmed during a busy Saturday afternoon.


Filmed by/when: Dennis Strange
First published on DVD: 2013
Screen aspect ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 94-mins (1hr 34min)

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German Trams Part 10: Berlin, Kopenick, Potsdam, Brandenburg & Frankfurt Oder

German Trams Part 10: Berlin, Kopenick, Potsdam, Brandenburg & Frankfurt Oder


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Berlin is the capital of the re-unified Germany. The former West Berlin finished with its trams in the 1960s, but the former East continued to use them, and it is in this area where they flourish today. The system almost has two networks, a smaller one in the historic town of Köpenick, the other in central Berlin with services running through and terminating at Alexanderplatz. The current fleet consists of modernised Tatra KT4Ds, ADtrans/Bombardier GT6N and GT6N-ZRs and modern low floor Bombardier Flexity Berlin F6E, F6Z, F8Z and F8E trams. The fleet is operated by BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) and is smartly turned out in a yellow livery with white roofs. The modern bus fleet is in the same livery and is also featured on this programme.

Our filming commences at the busy Alexanderplatz where we see all types of trams in service. We then move to Köpenick and film along Bahnhofstraße and Lindenstraße before arriving at Alt-Köpenick, the pretty historic part of the town. With filming complete we board tram 1078 on route 62 back to Bahnhofstraße. Our next journey is to Landsberger Allee on board tram 1090 operating route 27. Here we transfer to route M6, riding on a Tatra KT4D, cars 6085+6171, for our journey to Hackescher Markt in central Berlin. We turn our attention to buses now as we film outside of the Hauptbahnhof, along Alt-Moabit and Spreeweg. A busy area for buses is Potsdamer Platz where we see a number of sightseeing buses as well at the impressive three axle MAN ND313 ‘Lion’s City’ double deckers. We then take a ride on one such vehicle, 3121 (B-V 3121), to the busy Zoo Garten bus station. Further rides are taken on these impressive buses on our return to the central area. To reflect the vibrancy of this city we do some night time filming around the Alexanderplatz area of both the trams and the buses.

Our next city visit is a brief one to Potsdam. A historic city to the south west of Berlin, which is linked by the S-Bahn train. The current tram fleet is made up of refurbished Tatra KT4DM and KT4DC trams, Siemens Combino and Stadler Variobahn trams all of which are immaculately turned out in a modern white and dark green livery and are operated by ViP (Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH). This standard gauge system was electrified in 1907. Our filming takes place along Zeppelinstraße and Friedrich-Ebert-Straße, the latter outside the historic city gateway.

Our next visit is to the town of Brandenburg. Built on the river Havel to the west of Berlin this small town is starting to improve its looks with restoration of the original architecture taking place. The current fleet is operated by VBBr (Verkehrsbetriebe Brandenburg an der Havel GmbH) and consists of Tatra KTNF6 (low-floor section), Tatra KT4D and four Siemens/Duewag MGT6D cars. Filming takes place at Neustadtischer Markt, the Hauptbahnhof and Steinstraße. Our cameras also take a ride on Tatra KT4D, number 179 on route 6 to the Hauptbahnhof.

Our final visit is to the small town of Frankfurt (Oder), situated to the east of Berlin on the Polish border. The current fleet has Tatra KT4Ds and eight former Nürenburg AEG/ADtranz GT6M cars. SVF (Stadtverkehrsgesellschaft mbH) is the operating company and the livery of the fleet is all over pale green, which is also carried by the buses. Our filming on this programme concludes on Heilbronner Straße.


Filmed by/when: Dennis Strange
First published on DVD: 2014
Screen aspect ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 84-mins (1hr 24min)

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German Trams Part 11: Kassel, Braunschweig, Magdeburg, Halberstadt & Nordhausen

German Trams Part 11: Kassel, Braunschweig, Magdeburg, Halberstadt & Nordhausen


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Continuing our tour of German tram systems, we visit five more on this programme. Previously on German Trams 10 we concentrated on Berlin and three surrounding systems, this time we cover the large system at Kassel and the smaller system in Braunschweig in the former West Germany and Magdeburg, Halberstadt and Nordhausen in the former East Germany. We begin our filming in Kassel, which has a modern centre and is on the river Fulda. The trams are in a smart, predominantly blue livery and are operated by KVG (Kasseler Verkehrs-Gesellschaft AG). A number of trams carry advertising liveries. The system is of standard gauge and operates 7 routes with a large fleet of trams mostly of Duewag and Bombardier (Flexity Classic) manufacture. There is also a regional tram system, which is operated by NVV (Nordhessischer Verkehrsverbund). These are Alstom RegioCitadis trams in a mostly white livery. Our filming locations are around the city centre and at the Hauptbahnhof railway station in the city centre which has now lost its importance with the opening of a new station that is served by the ICE high-speed trains at Wilhelmshöhe. Our cameras take a ride to Wilhelmshöhe on route 1 onboard tram 657 a Bombardier Flexity Classic NGT8.

After filming at the Hauptbahnhof we return to the city centre on board a similar tram, 669. With our filming completed in the city centre we move to our next destination, Braunschweig. This is a modern city that has a historic and pedestrianised centre surrounded by tramways to a 1100mm gauge. The livery is mostly white with a red trim, but many trams wear advertising liveries. They are operated by Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG who have a varied fleet consisting of Mannheim Duewag EGT6 and GT6-NF trams, Braunschweig EGT6, Bremen NFGT6-S1100 and Magdeburg+Beiwagen NGT8D-BS with trailers. Our filming takes place in the city centre and in the historic streets around Leohardstraße. We visit the Hauptbahnhof in time to see a preserved MAN bus number 6515 (BS-HB961) leave on a special duty. Our cameras travel back to the city centre on board tram 8160, a LHB Braunschweig EGT6 to complete our filming.

The third destination on this programme is Magdeburg, a modern industrial city on the river Elbe. The trams are finished in a white livery with green and red trim, with some carrying overall advertising liveries. They are operated by MVB (Magdeburger Verkehrs-betriebe GmbH) on standard gauge track. The fleet consists of CKD Tatra T6A2+B6A2M and Alstom LHB NGT 8D trams. Our filming takes place at Ernst Reuter Allee, Alter Markt, Breiter Weg and at the Hauptbahnhof. Our two final visits on the programme is firstly to the small town of Halberstadt with a metre gauge system operated by HVG (Halberstädter Verkehrs-GmbH) in a red and white livery and finally to Nordhausen another small town with a metre gauge system operating just three routes with twelve trams consisting of 9 Siemens Combino and 3 Siemens Combino Duo. These are operated by Stadtwerke Nordhausen. Filming takes place on Rautenstraße and on Bahnhofstraße.


Filmed by/when: Dennis Strange
First published on DVD: 2014
Screen aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 75-mins (1hr 15min)

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