Information about the

Verkehrsbetriebe Ludwighafen am Rhein GmbH (VBL)

Hauptstrasse 320, D-67067 Ludwigshafen am Rhein

(this is not a VBL publication, but information provided by
the association of "Bahnfreunde Rhein-Neckar-Pfalz e.V.")

VBL operate a majority of the local public transport within the city of Ludwigshafen on the Rhine and to the suburb Altrip by tramways (1000mm track) and buses.

Tramway: 3 own lines 10, 11, 12
3 common lines with the MVV-V 3, 4, 6
Railway: the VBL provides a part of the vehicles and the drivers for the Rhein-Haardtbahn-line RHB
Bus: 13 lines, some are served totally or partly by subcontractors 150 - 178, even line numbers only

tramway and railway vehicles: (photo overview on photo page 11)
Type year of construction design numbers remarks all-over-ads. in use on line
Klv-53 Schoema 1985 B'B' 010 diesel vehicle for working trains no ---
T 2 Rastatt 1952 2axled
62 railgrinder car, stored no ---
Gt 6 Duewag 1963 - 1967 6axled
116, 117, 118, 119, 123, 124, 125, 126, 128, 129, 147, 152 152 last car with single headlight;
116, 117, 118, 119 , 128, 129 stored
some 10, 11, 12
Gt 8 Duewag 1967 - 1971 8axled
148, 149, 151,
153 - 157, 159
148 - 151 equipped according to EBO for use on RHB and line 4, 151 and 156 stored some 3, (4), 6, 12
GtN Duewag 1995 - 1996 6axled
low floor
201 - 214 equipped according to EBO for use on line 4 and RHB 204 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, RHB
RNV6 Bombardier 2003 6axled
low floor
215 - 222 "Rhine-Neckar Variotram", equipped according to EBO for use on line 4 and RHB no 3, 3, 6, 10, 11, 12
Et 6 RHB Duewag 1963 6axled
1017 equipped according to EBO no RHB
Eb 6 Duewag 1963 6axled
1057 trailor to 1017 no RHB
Et 12 Duewag 1967 12axled
1019, 1020 equipped according to EBO both RHB
Gt8N Duewag 1995 - 1996 8axled
low floor
1031, 1032 equipped according to EBO no RHB

In the course of line no. 4, VBL serves the OEG railroad line between Mannheim Kaefertal and Heddesheim. The vehicles used on this line must therefore correspond to the guidelines of the german regulations for construction and operation of railways ("Eisenbahn Bau- und Betriebsordnung", [EBO])".

Different buses, built by MAN

VBL paint schemes:
Traditionally Ludwigshafen's city-arms red colour was part of VBL's vehicles livery. The older tramcars wear beige basic colour with a red stripe, some instead different all-over-advertisements. With appearance of the bus-type SL202 a new Design was introduced for the first time: The basic colour is now white, with stripes in three different types of red colour (one of them is almost brown). All-over-advertisments are only attached to older trams, not to buses or low-floor LRV's. The new variotrams have been delivered in the new corporation colours green and white.

VBL vehicles for RHB operation paint schemes:
The original livery of these cars was to be cream white with a black stripe. This is not beeing used anymore, the body colour was changed into beige, the stripes colour is now brown. But at this time, the major part of the older vehicles is decorated with different all-over-advertisments. The livery of the newer, low-floor Gt8N-type cars is similar to the other cars of the VBL.

external link to the VBL:
Sorry, only in german language: the VBL homepage

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This is not a VBL publication, but information
provided by the association of "Bahnfreunde Rhein-Neckar-Pfalz e.V."

page created by R. Dissinger
last updated on 12/22/2007