Vienna's 18 route generally follows the Gürtel (or Ring) around the city. It was probably the most important route not worked by ULF cars until B class ULF vehicles were introduced on 3rd July 2010. In addition it is worked by E1 and E2 cars hauling c3, c4 and c5 trailers. At the time most of the photos in this collection were taken, it was predominantly operated by E2 cars and c5 trailers. Trams are provided by Favoriten and Rudolfsheim depots.
For a week in April 2009 and then from July to September 2009 the stretch of tram subway from Sudbahnhof to Matzleinsdorfer Platz was closed (due to major works at Südtiroler Platz in connection with Vienna's new central railway station). Trams on the 18 followed the O and 6 routes to avoid the closed section and many of the photographs show trams either on the diversion or with a notice in the windscreen reminding passengers. Works at the new station have continued to disrupt the service and a subsequent visit in 2011 found the service truncated to work from Burggasse-Stadthalle to Reumannplatz, whilst the junction at Südbahnhof was remodelled.
© David Beilby