"Tram 522 and the Chemnitzer Modell" Top 5 Page for this destination Chemnitz Transportation Tip by Kathrin_E
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The city of Chemnitz have big plans to extend their tram network far into the surroundings and connect neighbouring villages and towns to it. They established the term "Chemnitz model" for their system, which includes tracks of the same width as the railway tracks and hybrid trams that can use both the electrical network of the city and the current provided by the railway (don't ask me about the technical details please).
Anyway, since I am from Karlsruhe, all this does not sound exactly new to me, and usually this idea is known as the "Karlsruhe model" :D
There is one striking difference, though, which is a notable improvement for passengers: All new trams in Chemnitz are Niederflurbahnen, i.e. trams with a low floor and no steps at the doors. The platforms at the new stops are correspondingly low. The trams are spacious, the aisle is wide enough for two people to pass each other - very comfortable.
Do far only one line is in operation: the 522 from Chemnitz central station through the city, then along the Würschnitz valley and into the Ore Mountains to Stollberg. It uses an old train line, although new tracks and stations have been built. The 522 trams are all red. This tram is needed if you plan to visit Klaffenbach water castle. The modern trains are already running on the city lines, although you will find some old ones on the tracks, too.
Several more lines are being planned or already under construction, they are to start running in a few years. At the central station big construction works are going on to create a connection from the tram tracks to the railway tracks. In the future the trams will conveniently stop inside the station hall.
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