Railways / Germany: Electric Multiple Units / FLIRT 3 (427-429)
The FLIRT electric multiple units are manufactured by the Swiss company Stadler Rail AG. The designation FLIRT is an acronym and means "Flinker, leichter, innovativer Regional-Triebzug" (= agile, light, innovative regional multiple unit). The first unit was introduced in 2004. Since then, more than 1,000 units were sold in two to eight-car units in numerous countries. The FLIRT 3, which was inaugurated in 2013, got a completely new front design in addition to numerous further technical developments.You will find photos of these trains → here.
Railways / Germany: Diesel Multiple Units / Alstom Coradia LINT 54-81 (620/622)
Since 2011, the manufacturer Alstom is building "Coradia LINT" railcars with two bogies under each part of the car and a modified head design. They represent a further development of the LINT 27 / LINT 41-type railcars with Jacobs-type bogies, which were built since 1999. The two-part variant is referred to as LINT 54, the three-part variant as LINT 81 (the number indicates the length in metres). Pictures of the LINT predecessor series are available → here.
Public Transport / Germany / Strausberg, Schöneiche, Woltersdorf
In the Greater Berlin area, there are three small tram operators east from Berlin, which offer a nice contrast to the urban traffic in the city. The first is the 6 kilometre long → Strausberg railway, which is still called "railway", because it has emerged from a freight railway branch line. There is also an interurban tram from Berlin-Friedrichshagen to Rüdersdorf, the → Schöneiche-Rüdersdorf tram. The 14 kilometre long line is the only route with metre-gauge tracks in and around Berlin. The third is the → Woltersdorf tram, which runs on an approx. 6 kilometre long route from Berlin-Rahnsdorf to the Woltersdorf water lock.