Railways / Germany: Electric Multiple Units / Alstom Coradia Continental (440)
In the year 2000, Alstom presented a multiple commuter train unit called Lirex (Light Innovative Regional Express), which was exclusively equipped with independent single-wheel chassis. Based on the experience with this prototype, the "Coradia Nordic" trainsets for Sweden were developed, which were delivered from 2005 onwards and had "classic" Jacobs bogies instead of the single wheels. The "Coradia Continental" trains were adapted to the smaller Central European profile. The first of these units were delivered in 2008 for the regional trains network around Augsburg. Since then, the trainsets were ordered by several operators. The trains delivered from 2014 got a new, crash-optimized front.
Railways / Germany: Diesel Multiple Units / Stadler GTW (646)
The multiple unit trainsets of the type GTW (for Gelenktriebwagen - articulated railcar) of the Swiss manufacturer Stadler Rail were designed as a concept with the entire traction technology located in a short intermediate carriage, which is part of a fixed train composition with control cars at both ends. The original front design of the vehicles delivered from 1996 onwards was visually adapted to the "FLIRT", also produced by Stadler, in the earlier 2000s.
Public Transport / Germany / Augsburg
The city of Augsburg in the Bavarian part of Swabia operates a tramway network with about 50 kilometres length and 5 lines, which run all 5 minutes at certain times plus 2 special lines for trade fairs or football matches. The operator of the tramway as well as the urban buses is → Stadtwerke Augsburg (SWA).