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A Farewell-Ride with OEG's "Bielefelders"

In the year 1982, the Oberrheinische Eisenbahn (OEG) bought four used trainsets from the tramways of Bielefeld. Each one consisted of a six-axled articulated motorcar and a four-axled trailor, built by Duewag in 1962. As unidirectional cars, OEG could use them only between Mannheim main station and Heddesheim (at that time line "C"), because this was the only line with turning loops at each end. At Edingen, the trainsets were refurbished and the interior was modernized. OEG planned to use the "Bielefelders" for about five to eight years.
The trains went into service and did their work very well, even if the drivers didn't like them very much. The first two sets (301+311 and 302+312) got stored in 1990 and 1991. Both remaining trainsets stayed in use until end of May, 1993. Due to their upcoming end, our club organized a special ride on May 08, 1993. With no. 303+313, we rode on the trains "home-line". Then, with no. 304+314, we took a ride on OEG's round line from Kaefertal via Weinheim and Heidelberg to Mannheim. From there, the tour went to Ludwigshafen and Bad Duerkheim. Returning home, we took the way via Rheingoenheim and rode a line, which the train had done before: on the occasion of soccer-games of Mannheim's club Waldhof 07.
Heading to Viernheim OEG-station
The fans leave the train at Grosssachsen
The OEG line passes the village of Grosssachsen alongside the road
The regular trains pass at Schriesheim station
At the former OEG goods station of Heidelberg. One week afterwards, this line was given up.
Leaving the OEG-line at Neuostheim
On RHB tracks at Maxdorf
Through the village of Ellerstadt
Three weeks after this special ride, OEG's "Bielefelder" services ended. The trainsets were stored at the shed of Viernheim for five years, until they were sold to the tramway company of Arad, Romania in 1998. There, even motorcar No. 302, which OEG had used as a spare part donor, was repaired and went into service like its three companions. And they are still today.

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