Trams in Aachen
The Aachen tramway network (German: Straßenbahnnetz Aachen) was the backbone of public transport in Aachen, in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and the surrounding areas from 1880 to 1974.
At times, the network also extended into Belgium and the Netherlands. At its maximum extent, its route length was 181.4 kilometers and its line length was 213.5 kilometers. In 1914, it was the fourth largest tramway network in Germany. Also, it was one of the most extensive German interurban networks. In 1974, the last tramway in the network was closed.
The network operated from 1880 by the Aachener und Burtscheider Pferdeeisenbahn-Gesellschaft (in English: Aachen and Burtscheid Horse Railway Company), which in 1894 became the Aachener Kleinbahn-Gesellschaft (AKG, in English: Aachen Light Railway Company). In 1942 the name was changed to Aachener Straßenbahn und Energieversorgungs-AG (ASEAG, in English: Aachen Tramway and Power Company). It is now a bus company, but still uses tram in their name.
- Bimmermann, Reiner (1999). Aachener Straßenbahn [Aachen Tramway] (in German). 1: Geschichte. Aachen: Schweers+Wall. ISBN 3-89494-116-2.
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