Around the World in 18 Trams: Dresden 224 205

Back to Europe for this image from around the world. This time we are in Dresden, Germany.

A Tatra T4 from the batch built between 1973 and 1984 is seen on 21st May 2003 as it crosses the Augustusbrucke – over the river Elbe working route 11 to Zshertnitz. This image actually shows two of the trams which the first identified as 224 205 but the second is unidentified. Dresden had the second biggest order of T4s ever (only beaten by Leipzig) with 572 of this class of tram built between 1967 and 1984. Today Dresden has modernised with the Tatras replaced by a new generation of low floors trams.

Photograph by Tony Sullivan

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One Response to Around the World in 18 Trams: Dresden 224 205

  1. Peter Watts says:

    Currently Dresden still runs some of its last Tatras in 3 car formations during peak hours, mainly on a service serving the University. This is planned to finish at the end of the year / beginning of 2018. In addition to the low floor trams (including some 12 axle Flexity Classic versions), Dresden still has a large Heritage fleet which are out running on several occasions during the year.

    One other interesting part of the Dresden trams system is the fleet of freight trams running under the CarGoTram name. These run from the outskirts of the city to the large Volkswagen car plant which is located quite close to the centre of the city, near the Grosser Garden Park (which has a narrow gauge railway running through it). The CarGoTrams are 100% freight and carry parts for the car factory thus reducing significantly the number of trucks and lorries through the city centre.

    With a large network of trams routes linked into the bus system (integration at typical high German levels), Dresden is a great place for the transport enthusiast, as well as being Germany’s top tourist location in 2017.