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 Baden-Württemberg . Germany
Stuttgart Stadtbahn Network Map 2007 © UrbanRail.Net

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Stadtbahn StuttgartStuttgart is the capital of the German Bundesland Baden-Württemberg and has 550,000 inhabitants, with Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG serving an area where almost 900,000 people live. The city is spread out over several hills with the city centre in the valley. Therefore metro lines are classified as:

1) running along the main valley: U1, U14, U2
2) crossing the main valley north-south: U5, U6, U7, U15
3) crossing the main valley west-east: U4, U9
4) tangential lines (not passing through city centre): U3, U13

The Stuttgart Stadtbahn is not a real metro, but a light rail system that's largely underground in the city centre, and which runs at grade with level crossings, though on a separate right-of-way, in other areas. Between 1966 and 1970 the first tunnel opened in the city centre along route U1 (Charlottenplatz - Marienplatz). Subsequently and until 1983 all city tunnels were completed. In the beginning all tunnels were used by existing tram lines (similar to the Brussels pré-métro), but in 1985 new Stadtbahn trains of the DT8 type started operating on the 8.1 km long route U3 in the south of the city between Plieningen and Vaihingen.

Stadtbahn RathausThe Stuttgart Stadtbahn uses standard European gauge (1435 mm), whereas the former tram system was narrow gauge (1000 mm). Along some routes therefore 3-rail tracks can still be seen, as well as some lower platform sections, which have become obsolete once line 15 had been upgraded to Stadtbahn operation. Some routes (e.g. the panoramic route from Olgaeck to Ruhbank) will remain 3-track to allow special rides with heritage tramway vehicles.

Apart from the city tunnels, there are major tunnel sections on route U6 through Feuerbach in the north, and along route U5/U6 between Bopser and Degerloch. From this tunnel a southbound branch opened in May 1998, which is part of U7 to Heumaden and Ostfildern.

The last metre-gauge line 15 was closed down on 8 Dec 2007, with the central and southern parts starting Stadtbahn operation the following day. For the northern section between Zuffenhausen and Stammheim an approx. 1 km tunnel was built (including Kirchtalstraße underground station) through the Zuffenhausen town centre and to pass under the mainline tracks. The rest of the route to Stammheim was upgraded to Stadtbahn operation, with some on-street running remaining with the Stammheim district. The northern U15 reopened in Dec. 2011.

In May 2016, the Stuttgart Stadtbahn network has a total length of 124.5 km (~24 km in tunnel).

A special line in the Stuttgart rail network is line 10, a rack railway between Marienplatz (U1/14) and Degerloch (U5/6). This train has a special bicycle car so bikers don't have to climb up the steep hill.

Like in other German cities, the S-Bahn operated by DB (Deutsche Bahn) is an important means of transport also within the city (about 20 stations within the city limits).


Stadtbahn Stuttgart Stadtbahn Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof Millöckerstraße Stadtbahn Stuttgart

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 History of Stadtbahn operation

28-09-1985 - U3 Vaihingen - Plieningen
19-04-1986 - U1 Fellbach - Vaihingen
12-07-1986 - U14 Heslach - Berliner Platz - Hauptbahnhof - Mühlhausen
30-09-1989 - U9 Hedelfingen - Vogelsang
03-11-1990 - U5* Leinfelden - Freiberg
03-11-1990 - U6* Vaihingen - Feuerbach Pfostenwäldle
26-09-1992 - U6 Feuerbach Pfostenwäldle - Giebel
17-04-1993 - U7* Killesberg - Degerloch
17-04-1993 - U6 Giebel - Gerlingen Siedlung
24-10-1994 - U4* (U9) Botnang - Untertürkheim
01-06-1997 - U6 Gerlingen Siedlung - Gerlingen
13-09-1997 - U13 Schlotterbeckstraße - Pragsattel - Feuerbach Pfostenwäldle - (Giebel)
27-03-1998 - U13 Schlotterbeckstraße - Hedelfingen
23-05-1998 - U7 Bopser - Ruhbank
22-05-1999 - U14 Mühlhausen - Remseck
11-09-1999 - U7 Ruhbank - Heumaden
09-09-2000 - U7 Heumaden - Nellingen (6.3 km new section)
22-06-2002 - U2 Hauptfriedhof - Wilhelmsplatz - Berliner Platz (2.1 km upgraded, 600 m new section)
14-12-2002 - U2*Berliner Platz - Hölderlinplatz (1.4 km)
16-07-2005 - U2 Hauptfriedhof - Neugereut (1.8 km new section)
11-12-2005 - U5*Freiberg - Mönchfeld (1 km new section)
09-12-2007 - U15 Zuffenhausen Kelterplatz - Nordbahnhof - Hauptbahnhof - Olgaeck - Geroksruhe - Ruhbank (- Heumaden)
12-12-2010 - U6 Möhringen Freibad - Fasanenhof Schelmenwasen (2.8 km)
12-12-2010 - U12 Killesberg - Vaihingen
11-12-2011 - U15 Hohensteinstraße - Stammheim (3 km) > Photo Gallery
14-09-2013 - U12 Löwentor - Hallschlag (2 km)
13-05-2016 - U12 Wallgraben - Dürrlewang (1.1 km)

* On 12 Dec 2010 the northern legs of lines U5 and U7 were switched, as were the western legs of U2 and U4. At the same time, a new line U12 was introduced, while line U6 was withdrawn from the section Vaihinger Straße - Vaihingen.


Under construction : Hallschlag - Wagrainäcker; Wallgraben Dürrlewang (U12)

In conjunction with the reconstruction of the main railway station (Stuttgart21 scheme), the Stadtbahn station Staatsgalerie will have to be entirely rebuilt.


Stuttgart StadtbahnPhilipp Krammer & Robert Schwandl: STUTTGART STADTBAHN ALBUM. - Jan. 2008, Berlin, ISBN 978 3 836573 17 6 - Find out more details here!


Schwandl, Robert: Schnellbahnen in Deutschland / Metros in Germany. U-Bahn - Stadtbahn - S-Bahn. - April 2007, Berlin, ISBN 978 3 836573 18 3

- Anything you want to know about German metro and light rail systems, with detailed maps and hundreds of colour photos; 192 pages; Text German and English - More details


NAHVERKEHR IN STUTTGART. - 120 Seiten - GeraNova Zeitschriftenverlag, 2002 ISBN 3897240130

Bauer, Gottfried & Theurer, Ulrich: Von der Straßenbahn zur Stadtbahn Stuttgart 1975-2000. Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen Band IV. - Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG, Stuttgart, 2000. ISBN 3000066152, 320 pages, largely colour illustrated.



Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen (Official)

VVS Verkehrsverbund (Tariff Union incl. timetable)

Stuttgart Stadtbahn at Wikipedia.de

Public Transport in Stuttgart

Some photos by Julian Krischan on UrbanRail.Net

Stuttgart Stadtbahn line by line by Matthias Frey

Stuttgart Stadtbahn Track Map at gleisplanweb.eu

Stuttgarter Historische Straßenbahnen e.V.

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