ⓘ Dortmund Stadtbahn


ⓘ Dortmund Stadtbahn

The Dortmund Stadtbahn is a light rail system in the German city of Dortmund and is integrated in the Rhine-Ruhr Stadtbahn network. Its network consists of eight lines. It was originally a tram network and 409) that was gradually replaced by the light rail between May 15, 1976 and April 27, 2008 by displacing parts of the network into a tunnel.

The light rail originally operated with a voltage of 600 V DC. Between 1999 and 2012, the voltage of the light rail system was successively increased to 750 V DC, since the B-cars and NGT8 cars were designed for 750 V DC. However, the N8C cars have not been converted for 750 V DC and were completely withdrawn from service between 2007 and December 2011.

It operates on 75.0 kilometres 46.6 mi of route of which 20.5 kilometres 12.7 mi are in tunnels, with the other 54.5 kilometres 33.9 mi being above-ground in dedicated rights-of-way), serving 125 stations 24 of which are underground.


1. Rolling stock

There are four different types of rolling stock:

  • B80C/6, 43 vehicles built between 1986 and 1993, in use since March 1987. In 2018, 24 new B80C/6 cars have been bought in order to replace the B100S cars. Those cars are expected to enter service in 2021.
  • B80C/8, 21 vehicles built between 1994 and 1999, in use since 1996. B80C/8 No. 348 has been transported to HeiterBlick GmbH a manufacturer for rail vehicles in Leipzig as a prototype for the upcoming refurbishment of the B80C/6 and B80C/8 cars.
  • NGT8, 47 vehicles built between 2007 and 2012, in use since April 2008.
  • B100S former vehicles from Bonn light rail, 13 vehicles built between 1973 and 1974, in use since 2005. Three vehicles have been scrapped between 2006 and 2013. The B100S cars will be withdrawn from service in 2021.

Former vehicles:

  • T4/B4, 12 vehicles built between 1953 and 1958, in use between 1954 and 1994. T4 No. 304 has been modified and was used as a departmental vehicle No. 904 between 1982 and 1997. This vehicle is parked at the public transport museum in Dortmund-Nette. T4 No. 303/203 is parked at a museum in Dahlhausen. All the other vehicles have been scrapped.
  • GT4, 27 vehicles built between 1954 and 1957, in use between 1954 and 1998. GT4 No. 431 is parked at the public transport museum in Dortmund-Nette, GT4 No. 435 is privately owned. All the other vehicles have been scrapped.
  • N8C, 54 vehicles built between 1978 and 1982, in use between 1979 and December 2011. Some vehicles have been scrapped between 1988 and 2007, all the other vehicles are now operating on the Gdansk tramway. In 1988, N8C No. 142 was heavily damaged during a collision with another tram vehicle on the Line U45. In 1996, the vehicle has been repaired. This vehicle is now in use as a departmental vehicle on the light rail network No. 902, mostly in use as a railgrinder during the morning time on weekdays. During the nighttime, this vehicle is also used to transport components for track construction.
  • T2/T3, several vehicles build between 1908 and 1950, different variations of vehicles, in use between 1909 and April 2008. Some vehicles are parked at the public transport museum in Dortmund-Nette, others have been scrapped or parked somewhere else.
  • GT8, 91 vehicles built between 1959 and 1974, in use between 1959 and April 2001. GT8 No. 13 and GT8 No. 87 are parked at the public transport museum in Dortmund-Nette, GT8 No. 76 is in use in the shopping center "The Outlets" in Hiroshima as a tourist attraction called "The Warp Tram". All the other vehicles have been scrapped.

Older vehicles were withdrawn from service from 1945 on.