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Gallery 942: Around the World in Trams Special - Dresden Trams 2003 & 2004

In this collection we feature images taken in Dresden, Germany showing the tramway as it was in 2003 and 2004. Trams first ran in the city in 1872 when the first horse drawn service started operation with electric operation taking over from 1893. The system today runs of the unusual gauge of 1,450mm (only 15mm wider than standard gauge) with this often described as the "Dresden gauge". The network has seen continued expansion in recent years - with some of it taking place since these photos were taken - and it has now reached a total of 134km - the most recent change was the realignment of a 1.1km section on roues 9 and 13 to give better connections with train services at Dresden Stehlen station. The fleet is now mainly made up of modern low-floor trams - a mixture of vehicles built by Deutsche Waggonbau and Bombardier - but also retains some older Tatra vehicles.

Photos are included in this gallery of all three main types of tram which run on the network and with this being 2003 and 2004 it is a slightly different picture to that you will find today with a larger number of Tatra's in service. The standard yellow and black fleet livery is seen on most vehicles but there are also some advertising liveries which also feature.

* Details of public transport in Dresden - including timetables, fares and where you can go - are available on the official website at (and its in English!).

Photographer: Tony Sullivan
Photographs were taken between Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st May 2003 and Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th March 2004

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