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Mulhouse tram train ready

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Photo: Eduard de Jong

11 December saw the inauguration of tram-train service on the 22-km interurban route between Mulhouse and Thann, worked by 12 Siemens Avanto LRVs. Tram route 3 linking Mulhouse and Lutterbach started operation the same day. Free rides were available between the city centre and Lutterbach during the weekend, while a special fare of EUR1 was charged from Lutterbach to Thann.

Tram route 3 and the tram-train services run along existing tram tracks from Mulhouse main railway station to Daguerre, serving seven stops. A 4-km section of track has been built to connect Daguerre and Lutterbach, with four new stops. The tram-train then switches to the SNCF rail line and continues along the Thur valley to Thann-Saint-Jacques, serving seven stops. Maximum speed is 70 km/h between Mulhouse Gare and Lutterbach and 100 km/h on the railway line. Power is supplied at 750 V DC on the tramway and 25 kV 50Hz on the railway.

The EUR150m project was financed by Alsace (EUR72m), Mulhouse (EUR31m), the French state (EUR27m) and Haut-Rhin (EUR11m). The vehicles cost EUR52·9m while EUR84·4m was spent on infrastructure and EUR10m on the depot. RFF funded infrastructure works costing EUR8m while SNCF spent EUR1m on adapting its stations to accept low-floor tram-trains.

14 December 2010

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