Tramway de Caen

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This article is about the first tramway system in Caen, for information about the Guided bus of Caen, see Caen Guided Light Transit.

The Tramway de Caen was a tramway system serving the city of Caen, France. The new old tramway network, operated by Compagnie des tramways électriques de Caen opened in 1901 and closed on 23 January 1937, letting buses take over public transport.

Public transport began in 1860 with a horse omnibus service, in 1895 the Compagnie des Omnibus et Transports à chevaux was created to provide an organised urban transport service to the inhabitants of Caen.

Tramways of Caen network plan.


The network of 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) narrow gauge lines spread over 11 km and all 3 lines opened in 1901, connecting the Route de Falaise (La Guérinière), Caen-Ouest Station, Saint Pierre, Place du Canada (Saint Martin), La Maladrerie and Venoix. The depot was situated on the Eastern side of the Bassin Saint Pierre, in the centre of Caen, with the tram lines crossing the Calvados' line to Ouistreham.

When the tramway disappeared the tracks remained for several years after.

Rolling stock[edit]

The company operated a fleet of single car trams as well as trailers.