Tramscape Tramway Photographs


Essen, Germany : 27th August -2nd September, 2002
Developments have continued apace in Essen, and since 1995 this has included more upgrading of routes to the "Stadtbahn" standard, new low floor trams from Bombardier, and more cars purchased from London's Docklands Light Railway.

2001 was the most momentous year, with the reopening of the line to Gelsenkirchen-Horst, initially as far as GE-Fischerstrasse as a standard-gauge "U-Bahn", albeit with a significant amount of on-street running. On the same September day, the line to Margarethenhohe was reopened after a complete rebuilding and line U17 now runs from Margarethenhohe to Fischerstrasse, via Hauptbahnhof, Berliner Platz and Altenessen.

The experiment of running guided trolleybuses had been concluded without success and buses were removed from all parts of the tram tunnels. The future of the "traditional" tramway now seems more secure in 2002, with new low-floor trams purchased from Bombardier (after 50 years of loyalty to Duewag, now owned by Siemens, and no longer bulding at their famous Dusseldorf factory), and proposals for new lines being seriously considered.

The new lines include a surface route around the south of the city centre, to link Steele with the Hauptbahnhof, and to provide a more direct link to Frohnhausen, following the closure of the Limbecker Platz - Alfred-Krupp-Schule line in 1991. Other proposals being considered include links to Haarzopf in the south-west (tramless since 1980) and to the Zollverein coal mine, now closed, but reopening as a World Heritage Site museum. Whether the new lines will be "Stadtbahn" or traditional tram is a matter of intense political debate.

The reintroduction of trams in neighbouring Oberhausen has led to the strong possibility that the line to Frintrop will once again extend beyond Unterstrasse, allowing Essen trams to reach the new developments at Oberhausen's "Neue Mitte".

The 2002 series of photos covers the rebuilt lines to Fischerstrasse and Margarethenhohe and gives more detailed coverage to the Rellinghausen, Steele Frohnhausen and Altendorf routes, all now part-operated by the new Bombardier trams. The ring-line through Ruttenscheid is covered in detail and other photos show the surviving tram line to Altenessen and the current situation in Borbeck, with Bombardier trams now in operation.

For the first time, the line from Essen-Katernberg to Gelsenkirchen-Hauptbahnhof, on Gelsenkirchen territory, but operated by Essen trams is covered. Since 1998, Essen trams have no longer run into Mulheim via Aktienstrasse. Mulheim trams are seen on line 104, which runs on Essen territory between Grenze Borbeck and a new interchange at Abzweig Aktienstrasse.

 
Date Film No No Location View Dir Tram Notes
27/08/2002 202021 1 Altenessen Bahnhof

1111 Tram at Terminus
27/08/2002 202021 2 Altenessen Bahnhof In In 1111
27/08/2002 202021 3 II. Schichtstrasse Out In 5122
27/08/2002 202021 4 II. Schichtstrasse In Out 5222
27/08/2002 202021 5 Hesslerstrasse In In 5223
27/08/2002 202021 6 Boyer Strasse Out In

27/08/2002 202021 7 Boyer Strasse In In

27/08/2002 202021 8 Alte Landstrasse Out Out 5013
27/08/2002 202021 9 Alte Landstrasse Out Out

27/08/2002 202021 10 Fischerstrasse Out
5224 Tram at terminus
27/08/2002 202021 11 Fischerstrasse Out
5224
27/08/2002 202021 12 Gemarkenplatz In In

27/08/2002 202021 13 Gemarkenplatz In Out

27/08/2002 202021 14 Gemarkenplatz Out Out

27/08/2002 202021 15 Gemarkenplatz In Out 5122
27/08/2002 202021 16 Gemarkenplatz In In 5121
27/08/2002 202021 17 Holsterhauser Strasse In Out 5225
27/08/2002 202021 18 Holsterhauser Strasse In In
At Pettenkoferstrasse
27/08/2002 202021 19 Holsterhauser Platz Out In 5107
27/08/2002 202021 20 Holsterhauser Platz In In 5122
27/08/2002 202021 21 Holsterhauser Platz In Out 5228
27/08/2002 202021 22 Halbe Hohe In In 5225
27/08/2002 202021 23 Halbe Hohe In Out 5128
27/08/2002 202021 24 Halbe Hohe Out Out

27/08/2002 202021 25 Laubenweg Out In 5222
27/08/2002 202021 26 Laubenweg In Out 5013
27/08/2002 202021 27 Margarethenhohe Out In 5016
27/08/2002 202021 28 Margarethenhohe In In 5028
27/08/2002 202021 29 Laubenweg In Out 5121
27/08/2002 202021 30 Laubenweg Out In 5105
27/08/2002 202021 31 Laubenweg In In 5013
27/08/2002 202021 32 Laubenweg In Out 5224
27/08/2002 202021 33 Klinikum In Out 1401
27/08/2002 202021 34 Landgericht In Out 1111
27/08/2002 202021 35 Landgericht In Out 1111
27/08/2002 202021 36 Landgericht In In 1110
27/08/2002 202031 1 Landgericht In Out 1112
27/08/2002 202031 2 Cacilienstrasse In Out 1403
27/08/2002 202031 3 Moltkestrasse

1509 1509 and 1501
27/08/2002 202031 4 Finefraustrasse

1513 At terminus - Wednesday 28/8/02
27/08/2002 202031 5 Finefraustrasse Out In 1513
27/08/2002 202031 6 Finefraustrasse In In 1513
27/08/2002 202031 7 Rathaus Rellinghausen In Out 1111 Eisenbahnstrasse / Frankestrasse
27/08/2002 202031 8 Rathaus Rellinghausen In Out 1531
27/08/2002 202031 9 Rathaus Rellinghausen Out Out 1531
27/08/2002 202031 10 Schnabelstrasse In Out 1103
27/08/2002 202031 11 Schnabelstrasse In Out 1103
27/08/2002 202031 12 Schnabelstrasse Out Out 1103
27/08/2002 202031 13 Schnabelstrasse In Out 1531
27/08/2002 202031 14 Oststrasse In Out 1527
27/08/2002 202031 15 Oststrasse Out Out 1527
27/08/2002 202031 16 Zeche Ludwig In Out 1512
27/08/2002 202031 17 Weserstrasse Out In 1527
27/08/2002 202031 18 Weserstrasse In In 1527
27/08/2002 202031 19 Rellinghauser Strasse In In 1512 View towards Essen-Sud S-Bahnhof
27/08/2002 202031 20 Essen Sud In Out 1514
27/08/2002 202031 21 Moltkestrasse In Out 1109 At Isenbergsrasse
27/08/2002 202031 22 Moltkestrasse Out In 1102 On Witteringstrasse at Isenbergsrasse
27/08/2002 202031 23 Friederikenstrasse In Out 1401
27/08/2002 202031 24 Friederikenstrasse Out Out 1401
27/08/2002 202031 25 Cacilienstrasse Out In 1410
27/08/2002 202031 26 Ruttenscheider Markt In Out 1411
27/08/2002 202031 27 Ruttenscheider Markt Out In 1114
27/08/2002 202031 28 Ruttenscheider Stern Out In 1101
27/08/2002 202031 29 Ruttenscheider Stern In Out 1407
27/08/2002 202031 30 Ruttenscheider Stern Out In 1106
27/08/2002 202031 31 Zweigertstrasse Out In 1401
27/08/2002 202031 32 Klinikum In Out 1114 On Hufeland Strasse
27/08/2002 202031 33 Klinikum Out Out 1114
27/08/2002 202031 34 Klinikum Out Out 1114
27/08/2002 202031 35 Wasserturm Out Out 1508
27/08/2002 202031 36 Wasserturm In In 1402
28/08/2002 202041 1 Worthstrasse Out In 1508
28/08/2002 202041 2 Steeler Strasse In Out 1506
28/08/2002 202041 3 Schwanenbusch Out In 1517
28/08/2002 202041 4 Schwanenbusch In In 1517
28/08/2002 202041 5 Parkfriedhof Out In 1502
28/08/2002 202041 6 Dinnendahlstrasse Out In 1506
28/08/2002 202041 7 Dinnendahlstrasse In Out 1509
28/08/2002 202041 8 Knappschaftskrankenhaus Out In 1509
28/08/2002 202041 9 Knappschaftskrankenhaus In In 1509
28/08/2002 202041 10 Stadtgarten Out In 1519
28/08/2002 202041 11 Steele Out In 1402
28/08/2002 202041 12 Steele In In 1402
28/08/2002 202041 13 Essen West In In 1521
28/08/2002 202041 14 Essen West In Out 1509
28/08/2002 202041 15 Essen West Out In 1105
28/08/2002 202041 16 Martin-Luther-Strasse Out Out 1519
28/08/2002 202041 17 Alfred-Krupp-Schule In Out 1508
28/08/2002 202041 18 Gervinusstrasse In Out 1517
28/08/2002 202041 19 Onckenstrasse Out In 1508
28/08/2002 202041 20 Onckenstrasse In Out 1502
28/08/2002 202041 21 Holtestrasse In In 1411
28/08/2002 202041 22 Seumannstrasse Out Out 1105
31/08/2002 202072 1 Helenenstrasse Out In 1518
31/08/2002 202072 2 Helenenstrasse In Out 1107 On route 106
31/08/2002 202072 3 Helenenstrasse Out In 1404 On route 106
31/08/2002 202072 4 Rontgenstrasse Out Out 1522
31/08/2002 202072 5 Rontgenstrasse Out In 1524
31/08/2002 202072 6 Bockmuhle Out In 1513
31/08/2002 202081 1 Altendorfer Strasse Out In 1511
31/08/2002 202081 2 Borbeck Sud Out Out

31/08/2002 202081 3 Fliegenbusch Out Out 1532
31/08/2002 202081 4 Fliegenbusch Out In 1527
31/08/2002 202081 5 Schloss Borbeck Out Out

31/08/2002 202081 6 Aktienstrasse Out Out 1520
02/09/2002 202101 1 Savignystrasse - ETEC Out Out 5145
02/09/2002 202101 2 Savignystrasse - ETEC Out In

02/09/2002 202101 3 Savignystrasse - ETEC In In

02/09/2002 202101 4 Wickenburgstrasse In Out

02/09/2002 202101 5 Nienhuser Busch Out Out

02/09/2002 202111 1 Katernberger Markt Out In 1176
02/09/2002 202111 2 Zollverein Out In 1178
02/09/2002 202111 3 Krankenhaus Stoppenberg Out In 1172
02/09/2002 202111 4 Germaniaplatz

1177
02/09/2002 202111 5 Borbeck Bahnhof Out In 1515
02/09/2002 202111 6 Borbeck Bahnhof In In 1515
02/09/2002 202111 7 Borbeck Bahnhof In In

02/09/2002 202111 8 Germaniaplatz Out In 1528
02/09/2002 202111 9 Helenenstrasse

1410 Tram at terminus - Husmannshofstrasse

Essen - Katernberg to Gelsenkirchen - Hauptbahnhof : Operated by Essen trams
 
Date Film No No Location View Dir Tram Notes
02/09/2002 202103 1 Revierpark Nienhusen Out In 1154
02/09/2002 202103 2 Hans-Bockler-Allee Out Out 1153
02/09/2002 202103 3 Hans-Bockler-Allee In In 1175
02/09/2002 202103 4 Feldmarkstrasse In Out 1172
02/09/2002 202103 5 Heinrich Konig Platz



02/09/2002 202103 6 Heinrich Konig Platz

4058
02/09/2002 202103 7 Musiktheater Out Out 440
02/09/2002 202103 8 Musiktheater In Out 1180
02/09/2002 202103 9 Overwegstrasse Out In

02/09/2002 202103 10 Feldmarkstrasse Out In 1154

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