German Trams 10
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.
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
historic part of the town. With filming
complete we board tram 1078 on route 62 back to Bahnhofstraße. Our next
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,
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
(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
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
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.
|| 84 minutes (approx).
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