Trams in Potsdam

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Potsdam tramway network
KT4D 001 (Prototyp).jpg
A "Tatra KT4" at Nauener Tor.
Operation
Locale Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
Horsecar era: 1880 (1880)–1907 (1907)
Status Converted to electricity
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Horses
Electric tram era: since 1907 (1907)
Status Operational
Lines 5 + 2
Operator(s) Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam (de)(ViP) (since 1990)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Electricity
Electrification 600 V DC
Stock Tatra KT4, Combino, Variotram
Route length 28.9 km (18 mi)
Stops 63
Map of the network, 2009.
Map of the network, 2009.
Website Stadtwerke (and Verkehrsbetrieb) Potsdam (German)

The Potsdam tramway network (German: Straßenbahnnetz Potsdam) is a network of tramways forming part of the public transport system in Potsdam, the capital city of the federal state of Brandenburg, Germany.

The network is owned by the public citizen company Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam (de)(ViP) and included in the fare zone "C" (Tarifbereich C)[1][2] of the Berliner public transport area.

History[edit]

The network opened on 12 May 1880: It was a horsecar system owned by the society Reymer & Masch, named Potsdamer Straßenbahn-Gesellschaft and consisted of a pair of lines.[3] 1907 saw the introduction of electric trams which ran on a new line of 8km.[4] In 1908 the network was composed by 4 lines (named from A to D) and in 1949 by 5 (named from 1 to 5).

At the end of the 1950s, new streetcars models were introduced (typical during the DDR era), the Gothawagen (T57, G4-61, G4-65 and T2-62), produced in the Thuringian town of Gotha by the Gothaer Waggonfabrik.[5]

In the 1980s, a pair of new routes were built: in 1984 through the new residential center in Babelsberg and in 1988 from Am Stern stop to the new south-eastern residential area in Drewitz.[3] The Czech trams Tatra KT4 were introduced in 1993, and the modern Combino and Variotram in the 2000s.[6]

Lines[edit]

The network consists, as of April 2010, of 7 lines:[7]

91 Bhf. PirschheideBhf. Rehbrücke
92 Kirschallee ↔ Marie-Juchacz-Straße
93 Glienicker BrückeBhf. Rehbrücke
94 Schloß Charlottenhof ↔ Fontanestraße
96 Viereckremise ↔ Marie-Juchacz-Straße
98 Bhf. Pirschheide ↔ Marie-Juchacz-Straße
99 Fontanestraße ↔ S Hauptbahnhof (↔ Marie-Juchacz-Straße)

Photogallery[edit]

See also[edit]

A rail maintenance vehicle at Platz der Einheit

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ (German) BVG: Berliner public transport pdf maps showing fare zones
  2. ^ (German) Fares of Berlin on BVG website
  3. ^ a b (German) Günther Wolf-Dietger, Michael Wolf-Dietger, Machel Wolf-Dietger: "Potsdamer Nahverkehr: Straßenbahn und Obus in Brandenburgs Landeshauptstadt". Geramond-Verlag GmbH, Munich 1999 - ISBN 3-932785-03-7
  4. ^ http://www.railway-technology.com/projects/potsdam/
  5. ^ (German) Gothawagen in Potsdam
  6. ^ (German) History of transport in Potsdam
  7. ^ (German) Potsdam tram network infos on ViP website
  8. ^ Note the DVG logo on the vehicle

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bauer, Gerhard; Kuschinski, Norbert (1995). Die Straßenbahnen in Ostdeutschland [The Tramways in East Germany]. Band 3: Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern [Volume 3: Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern]. Aachen, Germany: Schweers + Wall. ISBN 3921679818.  (German)
  • Schwandl, Robert (2012). Schwandl's Tram Atlas Deutschland (3rd ed.). Berlin: Robert Schwandl Verlag. pp. 116–117. ISBN 9783936573336.  (German) (English)

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