Tramscape Tramway Photographs


Leipzig, Germany : 21st-25th March 1997
Since the reunification of Germany, large sums of money have been spent in modernising tramway systems in the former German Democratic Republic and Leipzig is no exception. Although there are no plans to build tram subways or underground railways as might be found in western German cities of similar size such as Frankfurt, the "Stadtbahn" brand is now used to describe the high-quality surface tramways that are now under construction.

By 1997, Leipzig had received the first batch of their new 8-axle low floor trams and were soon to start to take delivery of low-floor trailers for their existing fleet of Tatra trams. Many of the Tatras, mainly T4D, but also T6A2, both with trailers, had been modernised, with unmodernised cars already or about to be withdrawn. A programme of tram route modernisation was also in progress, with several upgraded alignments, such as on Prager Strasse and Delitzscher Strasse, the latter with the extension to the new Leipziger Messe fairgrounds. A new link through the old Messe fairgrounds was under construction to provide a more direct connection to Losnig and the link from Paunsdorf-Nord to Sommerfeld had been added to the network in 1994.

The political and economic changes after 1990 also led to a rapid loss of population from the urban area and the closure of many of the city's traditional factories. The city's population fell by around 10 percent in ten years. The economic conditions under which trams were operated had changed dramatically. Increasing motor car use also led to rapidly falling numbers of passengers using public transport , and the increasing congestion adversely affected the street-based tramway system. Some track closures were inevitable. The short inner-city branch to Anger-Crottendorf and the link from Neues Rathaus to Kurt-Eisener-Strasse via Flossplatz were closed. The former served an area to which traffic had seriously dwindled, the latter ran closely parallel to the tram tracks in Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse.

From May 2001, a new network was introduced, replacing the multitude of routes with differing service frequencies with fewer lines with higher and regular frequencies (every 10 minutes on most lines in normal service periods). Groups of lines would be bundled according to their route through the city centre and the number of colours on the city's tram route map would be significantly reduced. Although many direct journies between city areas would be lost, connections would be easier and more frequent. From an operational point of view, it would become easier to ensure regular frequencies on the main routes and associated branches. A better service could be offered at no extra cost. One small casualty was the short branch from Rathaus Leutzsch to Bahnhof Leutzsch via Bienitzstrasse.

By 2006, three lines, the current 11, 15 and 16, are planned to be upgraded to "Stadtbahn" standards throughout.

The network introduced in May 2001


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Location

Goerdelerring

Goerdelerring

Goerdelerring

Goerdelerring

Goerdelerring

Leibnizstrasse

Jahnallee

Waldplatz

Waldplatz

Waldplatz

Waldplatz

Waldplatz

Waldplatz

Sportforum

Angerbrucke Strassenbahnhf

Angerbrucke Strassenbahnhf

Lindenauer Markt

Lindenauer Markt

Lindenauer Markt

Lindenauer Markt

Lindenauer Markt

Odermannstrasse

Merseburger Strasse

Merseburger Strasse

Lutzner Strasse

Henriettenstrasse

Henriettenstrasse

Lindenau Bushof

Lindenau Bushof

Grunauer Allee

Parkallee

Parkallee

Am Kirschberg

Kiewer Strasse

Kiewer Strasse

Saturn Strasse

Saturn Strasse

Jupiter Strasse

Schonauer Ring

Gottschallstrasse

Gottschallstrasse

S-Bahnhof Gohlis

S-Bahnhof Gohlis

G. Schumann Strasse

Kirchplatz

F. Seger Strasse

Nordplatz

Zoo

Zoo

Lortzingstrasse

Goerdelerring

Goerdelerring

Neues Rathaus

Neues Rathaus

Karl-Tauchnitz-Strasse

Karl-Tauchnitz-Strasse

Fridrich-Ebert-Strasse

Fr-Ebert-/Kathe-Kollwitz-Str

Fr-Ebert-/Kathe-Kollwitz-Str

Marschner Strasse

Klara-Zetkin-Park

Felsenkeller

Felsenkeller

Bienitzstrasse

Rathaus Leutzsch

Rathaus Leutzsch

Wurzerstrasse

Torgauer Platz

Torgauer Platz

Geissler Strasse

Annenstrasse

Emmaus Strasse

Emmaus Strasse

Am Vorwerk

Sommerfeld

Gewerbegebiet Lehdenweg

Gewerbegebiet Lehdenweg

Hermelinstrasse

Hermelinstrasse

Paunsdorf Nord

Paunsdorf Nord

Merkwitzerstrasse

Merkwitzerstrasse

Merkwitzerstrasse

Teslastrasse

Einertstrasse

F. Liszt Platz

F. Liszt Platz

Hofmeisterstrasse

Hofmeisterstrasse

Wintergartenstrasse/Hbf

Goerdelerring

Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse

Arndtstrasse

Arndtstrasse

K Liebknecht/R Lehmannstr

K Liebknecht/R Lehmannstr

Connewitz Kreuz

Pfeffingerstrasse

Klemmstrasse

Klemmstrasse

Klemmstrasse

Klemmstrasse

Raschwitzer Strasse

Bornaische Strasse

Leinestrasse

Leinestrasse

Leinestrasse

Dolitz Strassenbahnhof

Schenkendorfstrasse

Flossplatz

Essener Strasse

Essener Strasse

Euritzsch Markt

Euritzsch Markt

Morikestrasse

Morikestrasse

Heinickestrasse

Hornbach Baumarkt

Klinikum St Georg

Neue Messe

Neue Messe

Wiederitzsch

Wiederitzsch

Dachauer Strasse

Erich-Weinert-Platz

Erich-Weinert-Platz

Erich-Weinert-Platz

Erich-Weinert-Platz

Erich-Weinert-Platz

Erich-Weinert-Platz

Erich-Weinert-Platz

Rossplatz

Rossplatz

Rossplatz

Rossplatz

Rossplatz

Rossplatz

A. Hoffmann-/ K. Eisnerstr

A. Hoffmann-/ R. Lehmannstr

Wiedebachplatz

Wiedebachplatz

Wiedebachplatz

Bayrischer Platz

Bayrischer Platz

Bayrischer Platz

Bayrischer Platz

Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz

Hauptbahnhof

Hauptbahnhof

Hauptbahnhof

Hauptbahnhof

Hauptbahnhof

Reudnitz Strassenbahnhof

Reudnitz Strassenbahnhof

Breite Strasse

Riebeckstrasse

Rathaus Stotteritz

Weissestrasse

Augustus Platz

Augustus Platz

Meusdorf

Meusdorf

Chausseehaus

Chausseehaus

Hauptbahnhof Westseite

Johannisplatz

Altes Messegelande

Riebeck-/Prager Strasse

Ostplatz

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1969

2089

2148

2148

1134

1022

2196

2191

 

1001

1976

2004

1119

1862

2003

1951

2025

2070

2085

1923

2062

1834

1914

1914

1796

1922

1119

2156

2117

2062

2068

1912

1922

1838

1951

1916

1951

2144

1111

2062

1121

1121

1121

1127

2136

1121

1919

 

2173

2136

1981

1878

1113

 

1012

2168

2076

 

2084

1984

2094

1022

1018

1960

1120

1027

2196

2137

2159

2086

2154

2168

 

2159

2139

2120

2174

1018

2174

2191

2196

2181

 

2137

2181

2098

1120

1960

2120

2086

2103

1130

 

1117

1117

1939

1919

1110

1129

1945

1115

1929

2101

1981

2101

1118

1943

2062

1923

2034

1111

1124

1124

1125

1156

1131

1131

1107

1107

1113

1120

1120

1120

1110

1110

1113

1113

 

1133

1133

1932

1133

 

1102

2136

2136

2174

1156

1156

1131

1105

1012

2103

 

1107

1107

1110

1127

2148

1013

2178

5072

2148

2091

1010

1114

1009

2095

1016

1156

2182

 

 

 

1129

1987

2084

1126

2076

2095

Notes

View along Trondlinring towards Hauptbahnhof

View along Jahnallee

View along Trondlinring towards Hauptbahnhof

View along Trondlinring towards Hauptbahnhof

 

On Jahnallee

At Lessingstrasse

At Jahnallee

On Jahnallee

On Jahnallee

On Jahnallee

On Jahnallee

On Jahnallee

1862+1861 on Jahnallee

On Zschochersche Strasse

On Zschochersche Strasse

2025+518 approaching Lindenauer Markt

 

 

 

 

Turning into Demmeringstrasse

On Lutznerstrasse

On Lutznerstrasse

On Lutznerstrasse

On Lutznerstrasse

On Lutznerstrasse near Lindenau S-Bahnhof

On Lutznerstrasse

On Lutznerstrasse

On Lutznerstrasse

On Lutznerstrasse

On Lutznerstrasse

 

 

1916+1641

1951+2037

 

 

 

On Virchowstrasse one stop in from Gohlis Nord terminus

On Virchowstrasse

On Lutzowstrasse

On Lutzowstrasse

On Lutzowstrasse

On Gohliser Strasse

On Gohliser Strasse

On Gohliser Strasse

On Pfaffendorfer Strasse

On Pfaffendorfer Strasse

On Pfaffendorfer Strasse

Turning into Goerdelerring from Trondlinring

 

On Martin-Luther-Ring, viewed southwards

On Martin-Luther-Ring, viewed northwards

1012+805 at Neues Rathaus, viewd towards Rossplatz

 

At Reichelstrasse

On Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse

2084+2070 on Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse

On Kathe-Kollwitz-Strasse

View along Klingerweg

On Zschochersche Strasse at Karl-Heine-Strasse

1018+811 on Zschochersche Strasse at Karl-Heine-Strasse

Close to Leutzsch terminus on Rathenaustrasse

On Georg-Schwarz-Strasse

On Georg-Schwarz-Strasse at H-Driesch-Strasse

2196+2189

On Torgauer Strasse

On Eisenbahnstrasse

On Eisenbahnstrasse

On Wurzerstrasse

2168+2167 on Risaerstrasse

On Risaerstrasse

Alongside Heiterblick Allee in Paunsdorf

At terminus of modern extension in Paunsdorf.

Alongside Paunsdorfer Allee

2174+2190 alongside Paunsdorfer Allee

Alongside Paunsdorfer Allee

Alongside Paunsdorfer Allee

On Paunsdorfer Allee at junction with Heiterblick Allee

Alongside Paunsdorfer Allee

On Torgauer Strasse

On Torgauer Strasse at Hohentichelnstrasse

On Torgauer Strasse at Hohentichelnstrasse

On Torgauer Strasse

View along Eisenbahn Strasse

On Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse

On Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse

On Wintergarten Strasse at Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse

On Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse

 

On Trondlinring

 

On Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse

On Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse

On Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse

On Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse

On Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse

On Bornaische Strasse

On Bornaische Strasse

On Bornaische Strasse

On Bornaische Strasse

On Bornaische Strasse

1981+1983 on Bornaische Strasse

On Bornaische Strasse at Giebnerstrasse

On Bornaische Strasse

On Bornaische Strasse

On Bornaische Strasse

On Bornaische Strasse

On August-Bebel-Strasse

On Harkortstrasse

On Delitzscher Strasse

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On Wittenberger Strasse

On Delitzscher Strasse

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On Seehausener Strasse at Delitzscher Landstrasse

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On Delitzscher Landstrasse

On Rudolf-Breitscheid-Strasse

On Erich-Weinert-Strasse

Turning out of Euritzscher Strasse

Crossing Euritzscher Strasse from Michaelistrasse

 

 

View along Michaelistrasse towards Nordplatz

On Grunewaldstrasse

 

View towards Rathaus

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View towards Augustusplatz

On Arthur-Hoffmann-Strasse

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On Wiedebachstrasse

On Arthur-Hoffmann-Strasse

On Wiedebachstrasse

On Windmuhlenstrasse

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On Willy-Brand-Platz

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On Trondlinring

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On Willy-Brand-Platz

On Dresdnerstrasse

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At Taubchenweg/Zweinaudorfer Strasse

Near Eilenburgerstrasse

On Arnoldstrasse

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On Rossplatz

On Georgiring

At terminus alongside Prager Strasse

Approaching terminus alongside Prager Strasse

On G.-Schumann-Strasse at Delitzscher Strasse

On Delitzscher Strasse

On Breitscheidstrasse

On Prager Strasse

On Prager Strasse

On Prager Strasse

On Prager Strasse


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