Trams in Luxembourg

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One of Luxembourg's last trams in 1964

Trams in Luxembourg started operation in 1875 when the first horse trams ran in Luxembourg City along a 10 km line. Electrification followed in 1908. The original track followed a route from the central station through the city centre to Limpertsberg. It was extended to various parts of the city until 1930 when the network covered 31 km. Several lines were closed at the beginning of the 1960s as buses replaced the trams. The last tram ran on the line to Beggen on 5 September 1964.[1]

The country's other tram network designated Tramways Intercommunaux du Canton d'Esch served Esch-sur-Alzette and surroundings from 1927 to 1956.[2]

Future plans[edit]

Luxembourg is planning to reintroduce trams in the near future, initially from the central station to Kirchberg and then to Luxembourg Airport.[3]

On 10 March 2009, Guy Besch, president of LuxTram, announced that design work on the tramway project had been awarded to the British firm Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the winner of an open competition.[4] Work is expected to be completed by 2017 at a total cost of EUR 400 million, including rolling stock. Among other things, it will necessitate considerable redesign work on the Pont Adolphe at the centre of the city.[5] Lucien Lux, Minister of Transport, explained that the initial phase would run from Kirchberg to the Central Station. It would then be extended to the station in Hollerich. Funding was to be shared between the City of Luxembourg and the State.[6]

In June 2014, the Chamber of Deputies approved by a 56–3 vote the project to build the tramway.[7]

Luxembourg's tram and bus museum[edit]

A number of historic trams can be seen at Luxembourg City's tram and bus museum located on Rue de Bouillon in Hollerich. In particular, the museum exhibits two electric trams, two tram coaches, and a replica of a horse tram. There are also numerous models and photographs.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Association des modélistes ferroviaires de Luxembourg (Walferdange): Les tramways de la ville de Luxembourg: T.V.L., Walferdange : A.M.F.L., 1986, 156p., Collection: Les chemins de fer luxembourgeois, Vol. 5.
  • Bohnert, Paul; Dhur, Raymond; Eck, Jules; Rauen, Prosper: De Minettstram: die Geschichte der interkommunalen Trambahnen im Kanton Esch, Düdelingen : Stadtverwaltung und Kulturkommission, 1985, 325p.
  • Hoffmann Jean-Paul, Dhur Raymond, Clesse René, Balthasar Marcel: Tramway Municipaux - De Stater Tram: die Geschichte des öffentlichen Personen-Nahverkehrs in der Stadt Luxemburg 1875-1993, Administration municipale, 1993, 259p.

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