With this Add-On you plunge right into the action on the 24A Line in Vienna's 22nd district, Donaustadt.
The 24A Line is varied and beautiful. The route changed over time to adapt to transportation policies. The original route started in the Kagran center, one of the most important hubs in the district for connections to other bus and tram lines, and the U1 subway terminus. In 2006, the U1 subway line was extended from Kagran to Leopoldau, changing the line gradients on the street surface. The high-floor and low-floor buses, operated by the Vorgarten service garage, were in the last years of mixed-mode operation.
As part of the September 2006 extension of the U1, the 24A bus line was reduced in Kagraner square and the buses were completely switched to low-floor models. At the same time the buses were added to the RBL line, the computer-controlled train system.
The 24A line leads from the heart of the district to the outskirts in Neueßling and on to Invalidensiedlung. You'll quickly find that the mixture of tight, close city streets and idyllic outskirts flanked by fields makes this line uniquely attractive and challenging.
This Add-On offers 3 lines, as well as a few routes that operate on a limited schedule and provide interesting changes to the route.
The main routes of the 24A line are:
In addition, the following routes run on a limited schedule:
This line is operated with two different types of buses:
The LU 200 M11 is an 11-meter long bus with a 200 hp engine under the floor. It is built with special Austrian construction by the ÖAF-Gräf & Stift and Steyr-Daimler-Puch companies for the Vienna Public Transport. The body is similar to the German VÖV standard city buses, but has a third entrance door in the rear in accordance with Vienna standards. (The VÖV is the German insurance standards association.) The bus engine runs on gasoline.
The LU 200 was by far the most numerous of the bus models in the history of Wiener Linien, with 345 buses purchased between 1978 and 1992. The last scheduled use of an LU 200 on regular Wiener Linien service took place on May 21, 2007.
The very last LU 200 was used as a school bus in its last years of operation. It was decommissioned on March 9, 2009 after almost 30 years of service in the Wiener Linien.
The NL 205 M12 is a 12-meter long, 205 HP, 'low-floor' model bus. It is built with special Austrian construction by the ÖAF-Gräf & Stift and Steyr-Daimler-Puch companies for the Vienna Public Transport.
The story of this model goes further back than many would suspect. At the end of 1988, 70 of the last 200 model LU buses were still in production, when the Vienna Public Transport contracted Gräf & Stift and Steyr to design a new type of vehicle, which enabled the first stepless entry, the low-floor model in use today.
Design and model studies followed and finally, in 1991, two 'Gräf / Steyr M12 NL 205' prototypes were designed and in 1992, testing began.
Compared to the previous LU 200, the new model incorporated many revolutionary changes. In addition to the electronic destination display on the outside and the stop display inside the bus, the seats were upholstered. The gas tanks, which had been under the bus in the high-floor models like the LU 200, were moved to the roof to accommodate the low-floor construction and were hidden under a protective cover. These developments were later incorporated into German vehicle production. In 1994, the first of the NL 205 M12 models were put into service.
One of the special features of this generation of vehicles was the air conditioning built into some of the models. In 1997, air conditioning became standard equipment in all vehicles. In 1998, manually operated folding ramps were tested successfully. Thereafter, all new vehicles incorporated these ramps while older models were retrofitted.
In 1999, the Steyr plant in Vienna closed, and thus ended the production of the NL 205. The last scheduled deployment of the NL 205 for regular services on the Wiener Linien took place on June 27, 2014.
Currently there are eight NL 205 vehicles used as buses for the driving school of the Wiener Linien, as well as one converted NL 205 'Infobus'.