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Unterwegs mit der Kirnitzschtalbahn

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This image on flickr caught my eye.

It is a rural tram line in Eastern Germany near the Czech border. Of course, the former regime in this part of Germany was not driven by market considerations, which is why the line survived. And is probably a boon now as a tourist attraction – but also to provide an alternative form of local transport in an era of steadily rising oil prices. Which is what is going to start happening as the world realizes the meaning of the term “peak oil”

Written by Stephen Rees

December 4, 2008 at 10:43 am

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  1. It was common thought at the time, that most East German Tramway’s would be abandoned by the year 2000. This has not happened, in fact the opposite has happened, they have proven popular and most have been refurbished.

    The Kirnitzschtalbahn, though a tramway, is referred to a light railway.

    Malcolm J.

    December 4, 2008 at 11:31 am

  2. I saw online yesterday that the East Japan Railway Company is trialing Pietzoeletric generators in Tokyo Station underneath ticket gates. Apparently the motion of hundreds of thousands of people walking through the gates every day is converted to electricity, which will eventually be used in powering electric ticket gates and signboards.

    The Japanese know the meaning of resource deficiency, peak oil-related or not, and it is breeded innovation in green technology. One could almost think that it might be a blessing in disguise to be a country without any petroleum resources of its own.


    December 4, 2008 at 12:49 pm

  3. Japan Post is also trialing a fleet of Mitsubishi “i” EV conversions for local mail delivery.

    Just imagine if the IT, built on Annacis Island, had benefitted from that type of forward thinking on Canada Post’s part.



    December 4, 2008 at 12:53 pm

  4. It was exciting riding this train!


    December 5, 2008 at 2:02 am

  5. This isn’t the only line in the former DDR that is growing, the Harz line still runs daily trains, was estended last year, and has had some investment in low-floor electro-diesel tram/trains:

    Andy in Germany

    December 6, 2008 at 12:14 am

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