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MÜLHEIM an der Ruhr
 Nordrhein-Westfalen . Germany

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With some 175,000 inhabitants, Mülheim an der Ruhr is among the smaller cities in the Rhein-Ruhr-Area. Its public transport system is closely linked to the neighbouring cities of Essen, Duisburg and Oberhausen. Construction of a Stadtbahn network started in Essen/Mülheim in the early 1960's and included regauging of many Essen tram routes from former 1000 mm to standard 1435 mm and the construction of underground sections. After the first 600 m tunnel opened in Essen in 1967 along Huysenallee with one station, Saalbau (now Philharmonie/Saalbau), in the early 1970's a Stadtbahn network was planned for the whole Rhein-Ruhr area and the fast tram link between Essen and Mülheim was chosen as the first to be upgraded. It opened in 1977, partly underground and partly on the surface in the middle strip of the A40 motorway. Subsequently a small underground network was realised.

In 2017, Essen's EVAG and Mülheim's MVG merged to become known as 'RUHRBAHN'.


U18 can be considered a real metro line as it runs independent from road traffic along its full length. On Mülheim territory (5.5 km) it is partly underground with some open sections due to topographical conditions between Von-Bock-Str. and Christianstraße. The route to Essen east of Eichbaum station runs in the middle strip of the A40 motorway. At the western terminus at Mülheim Hauptbahnhof there is no track link to the standard-gauge tram line 901. Line U18 is operated jointly by the MVG and Essen EVAG with DUEWAG Stadtbahn B-cars or ex-DLR cars.

Mülheim Hauptbahnhof  U18 © R. Schwandl Gracht Mühlenfeld Heißen Kirche © R. Schwandl


Besides the Stadtbahn tunnel, Mülheim also boasts a tram tunnel (1998) with four underground stations. The tram tunnel has 4-rail tracks from its western portal to Mülheim Hauptbahnhof, as it is used by metre-gauge line 102 and the Duisburg standard gauge line 901.

- tram network length approx. 28 km
- 2 lines operated by MVG (102, 104), line 112 is operated jointly with Oberhausen's STOAG, and line 901 is operated by Duisburg's DVG.
- 1000 mm gauge, except line 901 (1435 mm)
- rolling stock: DUEWAG M6D (some with low-floor middle section, 1976-92); MGT6D (low-floor, 1995-96)

[x] Hauptfriedhof - Flughafen (line 104) permanently out of service as of 7 Dec 2014 (1.9 km)
[x] Mülheim-West - Friesenstraße (line 110) permanently out of service as of 4 Oct 2015 (1.8 km)

Mülheim Hauptbahnhof 901 © R. Schwandl Mülheim Stadtmitte  © R. Schwandl Rampe Schloss Broich Flughafen Uhlenhorst


 History of tunnel sections

28-05-1977 - U18 Essen city boundary - Heißen Kirche (2.7 km)
03-11-1979 - U18 Heißen Kirche - Mülheim Hauptbahnhof (2.8 km)
27-04-1985 - Mülheim Hauptbahnhof - Aktienstraße - ramp (1.5 km)
19-09-1998 - Mülheim Hauptbahnhof - Schloss Broich (2 km)


RUHRBAHN (Essen/Mülheim Transport - official)

VRR (Tariff System Rhein-Ruhr) incl. maps and timetables

MVG at Wikipedia.de

Trambilderbuch incl. many photos

Straßenbahn in Mülheim an der Ruhr by Horst Spieker

Mülheim Tram Track Map at gleisplanweb.de




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Tram Atlas DeutschlandRobert Schwandl:


- June 2016, Berlin, ISBN 978 3 836573 49 7.

- Detailed colour maps for more than 50 German tramway cities, illustrated with numerous photos - More details

Schnellbahnen in Deutschland/Metros in GermanyRobert Schwandl:

Schnellbahnen in Deutschland
Metros in Germany

U-Bahn - Stadtbahn - S-Bahn.

- April 2007, Berlin, ISBN 978 3 836573 18 3

- Anything you need 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





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