A day at the VGF Zentralwerkstatt in Frankfurt

Last Sunday was a day that I had been looking forward to for a long time.  I first discovered the “Zentralwerkstatt” – the central maintenance depot – in Frankfurt some years ago by chance.

I was curious as to where the lines went past the end of the last U-Bahn station, as they followed the road and suddenly disappeared behind a set of iron gates. Google Maps provided the answer – behind those gates lies the depot where the trams and the U-Bahn trains go in Frankfurt when they need servicing or repairing.  There is even a 800m long running track to test them on.

So when I read about an open day I grabbed the chance to visit the site and take a look around.

The end of the U5-50 train over a maintenance pit

The end of the U5-50 train over a maintenance pit

On what was one of the hottest days of the summer so far, the grounds had been turned into a mixture of trains and their components to see and a childrens’ playground with refreshments. [Read more…]

Travel Information for Frankfurt am Main for Saturday, 19th May

Trams in FrankfurtThe travel information that was issued several days ago for Frankfurt am Main has proved not always to be effective.

On Thursday, one protest caused the station “Dom / Römer” to be closed, and today the protests have moved around the city causing various tram lines to close at one time or another.  The area around the main station (Hauptbahnhof) was also affected.

Since there is an approved march taking place in the city tomorrow, new travel information has been issued.

Between approximately 12 noon and 5pm the tram lines 11, 12, 16, 18 and 21 will be shortened even further as will bus route 36.

The stations “Willy-Brandt-Platz” and “Taunusanlage” on the U-Bahn and S-Bahn lines also remain closed.

Further stations may be closed on order of the police if deemed necessary.

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Important travel information for Frankfurt am Main 16th – 20th May

Occupy camp at the EZB in Frankfurt, near Willy-Brandt-PlatzA large demonstration is taking place in Frankfurt am Main this weekend.  It is expected to last until the early hours of Sunday morning, and 30,000 demonstrators are expected.  Their aim is to shut down the banking area of Frankfurt and stop the employees there from getting to work.

Many shops in the area have been boarded up and some banks have made contingency plans for their employees to work from home.  Others have instructed their staff to avoid formal dress.

The biggest disruption is to the public transport network and anyone travelling to or through Frankfurt this weekend should be aware of the following changes to services:

  • S-Bahn trains are not stopping at “Taunusanlage”.  This affects lines S1 to S6, S8 and S9
  • U-Bahn trains are not stopping at “Willy-Brandt-Platz”.  This affects lines U1 to U5 and U8
  • Trams 11 and 12 will terminate at the Hauptbahnhof in the west of the city and “Börneplatz / Stoltzestraße” in the east.  There is no service through the city centre.
  • Bus route 64 will only operate between Ginnheim and Miquel-/Adickesallee.  There is no service to the Hauptbahnhof.
  • The night buses n1, n2 and n8 will be routed around the area.
  • The Ebbelwoi-Express will not be in Service between Wednesday and Saturday
  • The ticket offices at Hauptwache, Konstablerwache and Bornheim Mitte will be closed on Friday and Saturday

The latest travel news in German can be found on Twitter by following @vgf_ffm.  Follow us on @allthingsgerman for updates in English.

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