Light Rail in the Ruhr

By Oliver Mayer

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The Ruhr ("Ruhrgebiet" in German) is an industrial area in the western part of Germany with more than 5 million inhabitants. In the Ruhr five light rail systems have survived until today: Dortmund, Bochum-Gelsenkirchen, Essen, Muelheim and Duisburg, and a sixth system, Oberhausen, has reopened in June 1996.. In addition the network connects with Krefeld and Duesseldorf's light rail. Click here: to see a conceptual map of the Ruhr..

All these systems are included in a joint tariff area, the "Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr" or VRR, where a single ticket is good for all public transport modes except DBAG (German Railways) InterCity and express trains. The one-day TagesTicket is a good bet for tourists and enthusiasts. It is valid for 5 persons (no age limit) plus one dog for a whole day. It is available for one city (price-level A, 10.50 DM), for one city plus all the cities around it (level B, 15.50 DM) or for the whole VRR-area (level C, 29.50 DM). These prices are since 1.1.1998.

Bochum low-floor 
Bochum low-floor meter-gauge car no.425, built in 1993 by Duewag. Standing at Weserstrasse on line 308 to Hattingen, April 1995.

The following is a short description of each of the light rail systems in the Ruhr plus Krefeld and Duesseldorf.

Essen, standard-gauge museum-tram
Essen, standard-gauge museum-tram no. 500, built in 1930 by Waggonfabrik Rastatt for Karlsruhe, and came to Essen in 1986. In Schweriner-Strasse-depot, 4.3.1995.

Copyright by Oliver Mayer. April 1996. I thank Tom Parkinson, Canada, for checking the text and making suggestions.

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