Line: tram:Line 1, Line 2, Line 3, Line 4, Line 6
tram-train:C11, C13, C14, C15
Inhabitants: City 245000, District --
DESCRIPTION(last modified February 19, 2017 )
In Chemnitz (important industrial town located in Saxony) the original tram network is still operating. The tram system was opened in 1879 and electrified in 1893; it continued to be extended also during DDR regime (1972-1973, 1976-1977, 1979, 1982, 1988), as well as in the recent years (2001-2002, 2004, 2013 and 2014).
At the end of years '90s it was decided to compatibilize the existing tram and local diesel railways networks, by the addiction of new shared (tram-train) track sections and by the completion of the local railways electrication.
The first route of this new integrated tram-train system opened in 2002 (Chemnitz Hbh-Altchemnitz-Stollberg); the urban section of this route (Chemnitz Hbf-Altchemnitz, electrificated at 600 V DC as well as the whole tram network) is shared by urban tram service (Line 6: Chemnitz Hbf-Altchemnitz) and railway service (C11/City-Bahn, from Chemnitz Hbf to Stollberg). At Altchemnitz there's a system change: tramcars serving (Line 6) invert their direction returning to Chemnitz Hbf, while dual voltage traincars serving C11/City-Bahn proceede in train mode up to Stollberg (750 V DC on a recently electrified elder single track railway, with electromechanical signalling).
Other 3 tram-train routes opened in 2016: C13 (Stadlerplatz-Chemnitz Hbf-Burgstadt, along Neukieritzsch-Chemnitz railway), C14 (Stadlerplatz-Chemnitz Hbf-Mittweida, along Riesa-Chemnitz railway) and C15 (Stadlerplatz-Chemnitz Hbf-Hainichen, along Dresden-Werdau and Rosswein-Niederwiesa railways). These lines are operated by a modern diesel/electric rolling stock: along the urban section (Stadlerplatz-Cheminitz Hbf) they proceede in tram mode (600 V DC overhead), then at Cheminitz Hbf they switch into diesel mode proceeding like a DMU train along the remaining suburban part of the track.
HISTORY(last modified February 19, 2017 )
|1879||initial horse tram opening||--|
|2002||tram-train section opening: line C11 [formerly Line 522] Chemnitz Hbf.-Altchemnitz-Stollberg||--|
|15-02-2013||Theaterplatz-Hauptbahnhof new stop||--|
|16-06-2014||Hauptbahnhof full loop completion||--|
|2016||tram-train section opening: line C13 Stadlerplatz-Chemnitz Hbf-Burgstadt||--|
|2016||tram-train section opening: line C14 Stadlerplatz-Chemnitz Hbf-Mittweida||--|
|2016||tram-train section opening: line C15 Stadlerplatz-Chemnitz Hbf-Hainichen||--|
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
Single line length (Km)
Single line stops
Single line avg. distance (km)
Total track length (km)
Total network stops
Avg. stop net distance (km)
Tram sections (Line 1,Line 2,Line 3,Line 4,Line 6):600 V DC overhead
Tram-train sections: 600/750 V DC overhead (C11),600 V DC overhead/diesel (C13,C14,C15)
Type of guide/gauge
standard gauge rails (1435 mm)
T3B-M,T3D-M,Variotram NGT6LDZ (dual mode rolling stock 600/750 V DC), CityLink (dual mode rolling stock 600/diesel)
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lrt-tram - chemnitz; By Maximilian Dorrbecker (Chumwa) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons