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Duewag B80D

Stadler Tango

underground
Bochum
In the early years '70s Bochum planned a Stadtbahn network (premetro-like, with ground level and underground sections), in order to connect Bochum (400.000 inhabitants), Herne (175.000 inhabitants) and Gelsenkirchen (280.000 inhabitants), based on 3 axis:
- north-south, Recklinghausen-Bochum via Herne;
- south west-north east, from Hattingen to Castrop-Rauxel;
- north east-south east, from Gelsenkirchen to Bochum.
The 3 corridors converge on Bochum Hauptbahnof station, organized in 2 levels in order to host an underground line and a ground level line (east-west).
At the moment the only lines operating are the main section of the north-south route (Line U35: Herne Schloss Strunkede-Bochum Hauptbahnhof-Wasserstrasse -underground-, Wasserstrasse-Hustadt ground level; opened in 1989, it adopts metro-like rolling stock) and the urban segment (inside Bochum) of the second line (opened in 1979-1981, with 4 underground stops); works for the third line are going on in Bochum, while it's yet operating the Gelsenkirchen tunnel section (7 stops, almost completely realized in 1984-1994).
With the U35 exception, all the other segments of the network adopts tram-like rolling stock.
On January 2006 works for an underground section (Bochumer Verein/Jahrhunderthalle - Lohring) of the Bochum Hauptbanhof-Wanne-Eickelbranch branch have been completed; a further U35 southern extension (up to Fachhochschule, 2 stops) it's expected.
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description uptaded on Jan 29th, 2011

map created on Jan 29th, 2011 (© 2005-2014 Ing. M. Tarozzi)

CHRONOLOGY
02-09-1989Herne Schloss Strunkede-Bochum Hauptbahnhof
novembre 1993Bochum Hauptbahnhof-Hustadt

CountryGermany
LineU35
InhabitantsCity 400.000, District 855.000 (Bochum-Herne-Gelsenkirchen)
Date opening1989
Future development:southern extension towards Fachhochschule (ground level)
Length (km)14.3
Track sectionsunderground from Schloss Strunkede to Wasserstrasse (11 km), ground level in reserved lanes from Wasserstrasse to Hustadt with level crossing at the crossroads (partly on an elder railway track)
Stops21, average distance m 715
Platforms--
Platform doors--
General characteristics--
n. of vehiclesSiemens:--; Stadler: 6
n. of cars per vehicleSiemens: 2; Stadler: 3
Typesteel wheels
Vehicle dimensions (m)length 28, width 2.65
Vehicle capacity (pax)Siemens: 171 (70 seated); Stadler: 175 (66 seated)
Frequency --
Current/Voltage--
Type of guide/gaugestandard gauge rails (1435 mm)
Speed Km/hMax 80
Accel./Decel. (m/sec2)Siemens: 1.15/1.15; Stadler: --
System capacity--
Ridership--
Total cost--
Staff--
System builderSIEMENS, STADLER
ModelSiemens: B80D; Stadler: Tango
NOTEDuewag rolling stock (now Siemens)
technical data uptaded on Jan 29th, 2011