Trip to Germany - December 2002

The main purpose of this trip was to travel over the WEG line between Vaihingen (Enz) and Enzweihingen, which was reported as closing on 13 December 2002. The opportunity was taken to visit two other nearby lines with restricted services, Korntal to Weissach and Kornwestheim Pbf to Untertürkheim. The remainder of the time was spent filling in other gaps, and further sections of the Stuttgart tram system - including the last section of metre gauge to Stammheim.

The Friday bus moves to get from Weissach and to Enzweihingen were planned in advance: details were obtained from the HAFAS web site.

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Place Arrive Depart Train Traction details & notes

Thursday 5th December 2002

Timperley   16:56 - SM tram 1003
Altrincham 17:02 17:04 - taxi
Manchester Airport (MAN) 17:16 18:10 LH4607 Lufthansa Airbus A321-200 D-AIRK dep 45 late due to baggage removal for missing passenger
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) 21:38     then bus to terminal
I was booked on the 21:30 flight to Stuttgart but due to the late arrival this connection was not held. Lufthansa advice: get the train! The 21:57 departure would have gone by now - next should have been 00:25. However the 21:22 departure was one hour late - no time to arrange a proper ticket through Lufthansa, but my plane ticket was accepted on the train, which happened to be a Lufthansa "codeshare".
Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof   21:22 ICE673/ LH6800 DB EMU 401 001 set dep 61 late
Stuttgart Hbf 22:33     arr 68 late
Hauptbahnhof   23:48 'U14' SSB tram 3092/1
Marienplatz 23:57      
New passenger track today: none.
Overnight at Hotel Ibis, Marienplatz (2 nights)

Friday 6th December 2002

Marienplatz   07:24 'U14' SSB tram 3081/2
Stadtmitte 07:29 07:46 'S6' DB EMU 420 435+422+??? sets
Korntal 08:00 08:05 WEG28 WEG DR VT410+VS220+VS471
Weissach 08:46      
Wöhr-Tours-Depot, Weissach   09:16 '634' Wöhr-Tours bus BB-WT-568
Leonberg Bf 09:37      
Leonberg   09:48 'S6' DB EMU 420 432+351 sets
Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen 10:03      
Ohmstraße (Zuffenhausen Bf)   10:35 '503' bus LB-SZ-474
Enzweihingen B10 11:00      
Enzweihingen   11:55 WEG13 WEG DR VT04 photo available
Vaihingen (Enz) Nord 12:12 12:26 WEG14 WEG DR VT04
Vaihingen (Enz) WEG 12:30      
Vaihingen (Enz)   12:35 'S5' AVG tram 824+864
Bietigheim-Bissingen 12:51 12:56 RB28189 DB EL 143 352-3
Ludwigsburg 13:03 13:06 'S4' DB EMU 420 363+353 sets
Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen 13:13      
Hohensteinstraße   13:27 '15' SSB tram 418+459 [metre gauge]
Stammheim 13:43 13:52 '15' SSB tram 418+459 [metre gauge]
Charlottenplatz 14:32 14:44 'U4' SSB tram 3066/5
Untertürkheim Bf 15:03      
Stuttgart-Untertürkheim   15:45 RB19396 DB EMU 426 011 set
Kornwestheim Pbf 15:59 16:10 'S4' DB EMU 420 448+404 sets
Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen 16:13 16:25 WEG82513 WEG DR VT413
Feuerbach (bay platform 1a) 16:28 16:41 WEG82512 WEG DR VT413
Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen 16:44 16:44 'S4' DB EMU 420 435+442+401 sets
Kornwestheim Pbf 16:50 17:15 RB19399 DB EMU 426 011 set
This repeat move was to see if it arrived at a different platform at Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, being the last working of the day. It didn't!
Stuttgart-Untertürkheim 17:29 17:32 'S1' DB EMU 423 017+019 sets
Stuttgart Hbf 17:41      
Hotel Ibis booking was only for two nights as the Saturday night was full. We went to the tourist information office outside the Hbf to book rooms for Saturday night. Got two singles near Weinsteige U-Bahn stop. Most Stuttgart hotels were full - due to the Christmas markets?
Stuttgart Hbf   18:31 'S?' DB EMU 420 491+389 sets
Stuttgart Stadtmitte 18:33      
Schloßplatz   20:24 'U6' SSB tram 3337/8+3334/3
Weinsteige 20:31 20:39 '78' [taxi] S-AU-453 to view hotel
Bopser 20:42 20:49 'U5' SSB tram 3118/7
Degerloch 20:53 20:55 '10' SSB rack tram 1001
Liststraße 21:00     Last working of the night, direct into depot.
New passenger track today: Korntal - Weissach, Enzweihingen - Vaihingen (Enz) Nord, Stuttgart-Untertürkheim - Kornwestheim Pbf (extreme ends only); trams: Pragsattel - Stammheim, Charlottenplatz - Untertürkheim Bf.
Overnight at Hotel Ibis, Marienplatz

Saturday 7th December 2002

Marienplatz   08:01 'U14' SSB tram 3228/7
Hauptbahnhof 08:10      
Stuttgart Hbf   08:22 RE32007 DB EL 143 315-0P
Nürtingen 08:55 08:59 WEG22 WEG DR VT447
Neuffen 09:11 09:44 WEG25 WEG DR VT447
Nürtingen 09:56 10:04 RE32014 DB EL 143 315-0
Stuttgart-Bad Cannstadt 10:33 10:39 'S2' DB EMU 420 402+456 sets
Schorndorf 11:10 11:20 WEG50 WEG DR VT440
Rudersberg Nord 11:38 11:52 WEG53 WEG DR VT440
Schorndorf 12:10 12:15 RE19424 DB EL 143 057-8
Waiblingen 12:25 12:30 'S3' DB EMU 420 412+414 sets
Backnang 12:47 12:52 RE19914 DB EL 110 478-5
Stuttgart Hbf 13:18 13:45 RB28196 DB EL 143 340-8P
Heilbronn Hbf 14:33 14:59 'S4' AVG tram 860+879
Heilbronn Harmonie 15:04 15:21 'S4' AVG tram 879+860
Leingarten Mitte 15:34 15:47 'S41' AVG tram 894+868
Heilbronn Bahnhofsvorplatz 16:00 16:12 RE19163 DB EL 110 282-1
Stuttgart Hbf 16:53      
Hauptbahnhof   17:05 'U5' SSB tram 3321/2
Weinsteige 17:16     check into hotel
Haigst   18:17 '10' SSB rack tram 1001
Marienplatz 18:24 20:15 '10' SSB rack tram 1003
Degerloch 20:24 20:34 'U6' SSB tram 3185/6+3131/2
Olgaeck 20:40 20:50 'U7' SSB tram 3112/1
Ruhbank 20:56 21:02 '15' SSB tram 401+415
Charlottenplatz 21:16 21:27 'U4' SSB tram 3009/10
Schloß/Johannestraße 21:33 21:35 'U4' SSB tram 3065/6
Charlottenplatz 21:41 21:46 'U5' SSB tram 3340/39
Weinsteige 21:52      
New passenger track today: Nürtingen - Neuffen, Schorndorf - Rudersberg Nord; trams: Heilbronn Hbf south junction - Heilbronn Harmonie, Olgaeck - Ruhbank southbound, Rathaus U4 curves, Berliner Platz U4 curve.
Overnight at Hotel Seybold, Neue Weinsteige 114 (10 minutes walk downhill from Weinsteige)

Sunday 8th December 2002

Weinsteige   08:13 'U5' SSB tram 3323/4
Freiberg 08:41 08:51 '54' SSB bus S-SB-7022
Mühlhausen 08:56 08:59 'U14' SSB tram 3044/3
Remseck Neckargröningen 09:06 09:11 'U14' SSB tram 3043/4
Stockach 09:37 09:45 'U1' SSB tram 3170/69
Fellbach 10:02 10:15 'U1' SSB tram 3169/70
Neckartor 10:33 10:38 'U14' SSB tram 3104/3
Hauptbahnhof 10:40 11:00 'U9' SSB tram 3025/6
Neckartor 11:02 11:04 'U1' SSB tram 3076/5
Marienplatz 11:09 11:15 '10' SSB tram 1001
Haigst 11:20     photo available
Weinsteige   11:46 'U8' SSB tram 3161/2
Ostfilden Nellingen 12:05 12:22 '119' SVE bus ES-263
Esslingen Bf 12:35 12:46 '101' SVE trolleybus ES-2181
Oberesslingen Lerchenäcker Endstation 12:59 13:01 '101' SVE trolleybus ES-2181
Esslingen Bf 13:14 13:34 '101' SVE trolleybus ES-2060
Obertürkheim Bf 13:49 13:53 '101' SVE trolleybus ES-2060
Burgunderstraße 14:01      
Mettingen Bf (arrival stop)   14:15 '101' SVE trolleybus ES-2197 via departure stop
Esslingen Bf 14:24 14:34 '101' SVE trolleybus ES-2060 via Cannstadter Straße loop
Mettingen Bf (arrival stop) 14:42      
Esslingen-Mettingen   14:51 'S1' DB EMU 423 020+017 sets
Stuttgart Hbf 15:05      
Hauptbahnhof   15:17 'U9' SSB tram 3072/1
Vogelsang 15:25 15:30 'U4' SSB tram 3064/3
Botnang 15:36 15:47 'U4' SSB tram 3063/4
Charlottenplatz 16:02 16:04 'U7' SSB tram 3209/10
Killesberg Messe 16:11 16:20 'U7' SSB tram 3210/09
Hauptbahnhof 16:25 16:41 'U5' SSB tram 3322/1
Leinfelden Bf 17:05 17:16 'S2' DB EMU 420 390+453 sets
Filderstadt 17:26 17:34 'S2' DB EMU 420 453+390 sets
Stuttgart Flughafen 17:38      
Stuttgart Airport (STR)   19:05 LH023 Lufthansa Airbus A320-200 D-AIPR
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) 20:09 22:10 LH4544 Lufthansa Airbus A320-200 D-AIPP dep 60 late
Manchester Airport (MAN) 23:27 22:43 - taxi
Timperley 23:55      
New passenger track today: trams: Pragsattel - Freiburg, Remseck - Hauptbahnhof (including curves at Staatsgalerie), Stockach - Fellbach, one U8 curve at Weinsteige, Ruhbank - Ostfilden Nellingen, Hauptbahnhof - Vogelsang - Botnang, Killesberg Messe branch

Tickets used: VVS Day tickets (Friday and Sunday), Schönes Wochenende Ticket (Saturday).

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