Train Simulator

TS19: One Network, Nine Lines

Just Trains are bringing the complex and bustling Frankfurt U-Bahn network to Steam and Dovetail Games stores, complete with unique operations, authentic details and bespoke traction.
By the 1950s, the streetcar network of Frankfurt was struggling to cope with demand. It was decided that the best option for the city was to construct a proper U-Bahn, a modern streetcar system with underground stations downtown. Approval for such a radical change was granted in 1964 at the conclusion of the municipal election.
The U-Bahn designation originates from Untergrundbahn, an underground, or partially so, rapid-transit network that is much more local and “light rail” than regional S-Bahn routes. The significant benefit of such a network is the ability to transport commuters below the bustling city, then emerge further afield and serve local communities on the outskirts.
The Frankfurt U-Bahn officially opened in October 1968, an underground route from Hauptwache to Nordwestzentrum, this would soon be extended multiple times. Today, there are now a total of 9 lines, U1 to U9, that span around 65 km in length and serve all corners of Frankfurt with a total of 86 stations, 27 of which are underground and are served by 3 separate tunnels. The latest addition to the U-Bahn was the U8 and U9, which were fully competed in 2010 as an extension to the U2 line.
Over the decades, many trains have served the Frankfurt U-Bahn, including the U3 and U4, however the dominant traction today is the U5-25 and U5-50 “Flexity Swift” light metro vehicles. The U5-25 is a bi-directional 2-car unit with a cab at both ends, and the U5-50 is a uni-directional unit, where only one cab is present and the other end is a gangway, requiring 2 to be coupled in service. All U5 units are multiple working, and can be used together to form the right length of trains based on their line and time of day.
Coming soon from Just Trains, the U-Bahn Frankfurt network (as seen in the latest version of the route, dubbed “U-Bahn Frankfurt II” – a vastly improved version compared to the original) will feature all 9 lines stretching across the breadth of the city. Intricate detailing throughout is guaranteed, with every station both above and below ground having its own character. Additionally, the U3, U4, U5-25 and U5-50 units come with all the bells and whistles, literally! Learning the ins and outs of these vital vehicles is a must to operate the incredible network that is U-Bahn Frankfurt.
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Train Simulator
18 Feb
TS19: One Network, Nine Lines
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