Trams in Chemnitz

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Chemnitz tramway network
Trams at Chemnitz Hauptbahnhof - - 5066.jpg
Trams at Chemnitz Hbf, 2007.
Locale Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany
Horsecar era: 1880 (1880)–1898 (1898)
Status Converted to electricity
Track gauge 914 mm (3 ft)
Propulsion system(s) Horses
Electric tram era: since 1893 (1893)
Status Operational
Operator(s) Chemnitzer Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft (de)
(CVAG) (since 1990)
City-Bahn Chemnitz (de)
Track gauge
  • 914 mm (3 ft)
  • (1893–ca 1914)
  • 925 mm (3 ft 1332 in)
  • (ca 1914–1950s/1988)
  • 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
  • (since the 1950s)
Propulsion system(s) Electricity
Electrification 600 V DC
Track length (total) 28.7 km (17.8 mi)
Route length 39.97 km (24.84 mi)
Map of the network, 2008.
Map of the network, 2008.
Website CVAG (German) (English) (French)

The Chemnitz tramway network (German: Straßenbahnnetz Chemnitz) is a network of tramways forming the centrepiece of the public transport system in Chemnitz, a city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany.

Opened in 1880 as a horsecar system, the network was converted to an electrically powered system between 1893 and 1898. The network's gauge, originally 914 mm (3 ft), was widened to 925 mm (3 ft 1332 in) by the outbreak of World War I. From the 1950s, the gauge was widened further, to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge, although the gauge conversion work was not completed until as late as 1988.

The network is currently operated by Chemnitzer Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft (de) (CVAG) and City-Bahn Chemnitz (de) (CBC).


As of 2015, the network had six lines, as follows:

Line Route Stations Notes
1 Schönau (de) ↔ Straße der Nationen 11 continues as line 2 from Straße der Nationen to Bernsdorf
2 Bernsdorf (de) ↔ Straße der Nationen 10 continues as line 1 from Straße der Nationen to Schönau
4 Hutholz (de) ↔ Hauptbahnhof (via Stollberger Straße) 20
5 Gablenz (de) ↔ Hutholz (via Annaberger Straße) 27
6 Altchemnitz (de) ↔ Hauptbahnhof 16
522 Stollberg ↔ Hauptbahnhof 26

See also[edit]


  • Bauer, Gerhard; Kuschinski, Norbert (1993). Die Straßenbahnen in Ostdeutschland [The Tramways in East Germany]. Band 1: Sachsen [Volume 1: Saxony]. Aachen, Germany: Schweers + Wall. ISBN 3921679796.  (German)
  • Schwandl, Robert (2012). Schwandl's Tram Atlas Deutschland (3rd ed.). Berlin: Robert Schwandl Verlag. pp. 30–31. ISBN 9783936573336.  (German) (English)

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 50°49′55″N 12°55′20″E / 50.83194°N 12.92222°E / 50.83194; 12.92222