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Warsaw Trams
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Overview
Native nameTramwaje Warszawskie
LocaleWarsaw, Poland
Transit typetram
Number of lines25
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
Operation
Began operation11 December 1866
Operator(s)Tramwaje Warszawskie
Technical
System length150 km (93 mi)[1][note 1]
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
System map
A map of the Warsaw tram system (need to be updated (line construction animated map)
Map of Warsaw tramway network before 1945 (interactive version)
Horse tram on Marszałkowska Street, 1867
Electric tramway construction, Warsaw, Marszałkowska Street and Jerusalem Avenue intersection, 1907[2]
Electric trams on Marszałkowska Street, 1914
Restored type A electric tram from 1910s on display
Restored Konstal N tram car from the 1950s running on a special tourist line
Konstal 13N tram cars from the 1960s, retired in 2012

The Warsaw tram network is a 150-kilometre (93 mi)[1][note 1] tram system serving a third of Warsaw, Poland, and serving half the city's population.[3] It operates 726 cars,[4] and is the second-largest system in the country (after the Silesian system) and one of the biggest in Europe.[5] There are about 25 regular lines,[6] forming a part of the city's integrated public transport system organized by the Warsaw Transport Authority. Since 1994 the system is operated by the municipally-owned company Tramwaje Warszawskie sp. z.o.o.

History[edit]

Horse tram[edit]

The history of tram transport in Warsaw dates back to 1866 when a 6-kilometre (3.7 mi) long horse tram line was built to transport goods and passengers between the Vienna Railway Station and the Petersburg and Terespol railway stations across the Vistula River. This was in order to circumvent limitations imposed by Russian authorities, which prevented the construction of a railway bridge for strategic reasons. In 1880, a second line was constructed with the help of Belgian capital, this time intended as public transit within the city. The Belgian company quickly expanded its own lines, and in 1882 took over the line between the railway stations, which has lost most of its original purpose after a railway bridge was finally built in 1875. In 1899 the entire tram system, by then 30 kilometres (19 mi) of tracks with 234 tram cars and 654 horses operating 17 lines, was purchased by the city. By 1903, plans were drafted to convert the system to electric trams, which was done by 1908.

Interbellum[edit]

The development mostly stagnated for the next 10 years with only a few short stretches built. After World War I, the network developed rapidly handling increased traffic and extending to the outskirts of the city with the network reaching the length of 60 kilometres (37 mi) and 757 tram cars in 1939. In 1927, a privately owned light rail line called EKD (today Warszawska Kolej Dojazdowa) was built, connecting several neighboring towns with the center of Warsaw using electric motor coaches similar to trams, only faster, larger and more massive, with frequent stops and tracks running along the streets in city; however the system was incompatible with the Warsaw trams as it used standard gauge tracks while the city network still used Russian gauge left from Russian times. In 1925, the company operating the Warsaw trams decided to construct a underground system. Preliminary boring started, but the work was suspended because of the Great Depression; the idea resurfaced in 1938, but was again buried with the outbreak of World War II.

Second half of the 20th century[edit]

The tram system remained operational, although gradually deteriorating, during most of the Nazi occupation until the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, after which all the infrastructure was systematically destroyed. After the war it was rebuilt relatively fast. As the system was practically built from scratch the occasion was used to convert it to standard gauge. During the 1950s and 1960s, the network was extended to newly built districts of soviet style panel houses and industrial plants and newer trams based on the design of Presidents' Conference Committee were introduced. Due to the city's lack of a metro system and restriction on car ownership, the tram system remained the backbone of Warsaw's transport system. In the 1960s, however, a political decision was made to increase the dependency on oil imported from Russia, while Polish coal was to be exported to Western Europe in exchange for hard currency; as a result, newly developed districts were connected with the city center by buses rather than trams, and some of the existing tracks were closed.

Present situation[edit]

After 1989, the tram system in Warsaw initially received little investment with a large part of the city's budget spent on the construction of the first Warsaw Metro line. However, since 2005, the situation has been changing with the purchase of new rolling stock, modernization of key tram lines, and deployment of a passenger information system. Plans also include extension of the network and an "intelligent" traffic management system which is to prioritize trams at traffic lights. In August 2008, a tender for delivery of 186 low-floor, air-conditioned trams was launched, allowing for a dramatic overhaul of the look of the tramway system.

In 2014 a first entirely new line since a quarter century was opened, connecting a quickly growing remote residential district Tarchomin on the north-eastern outskirts of the city with the existing tram network and the M1 metro line. The route is undergoing further expansion with the latest 1km long segment finished in September of 2021 after multiple delays.[7] Two more new lines are being planned: one with 4km of new tracks to Gocław, and another almost 20km to a southern suburb of Wilanów, but it is unclear when work will start on either of them.[8][9]

Rolling stock[edit]

Image Tram car type Low-floor Number of cars Description
19 Tram 1220 Warszawa Wschodnia 270915.jpg
Warsaw 07-13 img09 tram.jpg
Konstal 105Na

and derived

Dark Red x.svg No 385 cars

(189 two-car sets + 7 single cars)

The most commonly used model in Warsaw. Produced from 1973 to 2001.

An evolution of the earlier Konstal 13N, the city's first modern tram, a copy of the PCC streetcar derived Czechoslovak Tatra T1 widely used throughout the Soviet Bloc. First cars were based on the electrical systems from the 13N placed in a lighter body, later ones had them replaced with more efficient ones.

Most commonly used in sets of two, however single units also appear. Sets of three had been used in the past, but they were replaced by new low-floor trams.

123N-2144, Warszawa, 2014-09-07.jpg HCP 123N Dark Red x.svg No 30 cars (15 two-car sets) Based on 105Na. Produced in 2007.
Tramwaj warszawski.jpg Konstal 112N
Konstal 116N/116Na
partly 1 + 29 A single prototype Konstal 112N, partially low-floor, two-section articulated tram based on 105Na, built in 1995. Other vehicles feature three sections and larger percentage of low-floor area (approx. 60%), designated 116N/116Na, produced between 1998 and 2000.
Warsaw tram PESA 120N at Most poniatowskiego.jpg Pesa 120N Green check.svg Yes 15 Pesa 120N was first tram in Warsaw with 100% of low floor. It was bought in 2007 to operate modernized route in the city center.
PESA 120Na-Warsaw001.jpg Pesa Swing (120Na) Green check.svg Yes 180 + 6 In 2009 186 vehicles (120Na) were purchased to operate a planned new line and to replace some of the oldest trams.

At the request of the city, 6 units were manufactured as bi-directional, designated 120NaDuo, to allow using them on a partially-built line with no balloon loop.

Pelcowizna, Warszawa, Poland - panoramio.jpg Pesa Jazz Duo (128N) Green check.svg Yes 50 In 2013 50 bi-directional trams of a new design were purchased from PESA to be delivered in 2014, planned to allow operating on possible new lines during their construction and sections of existing tracks during maintenance works that made balloon loop inaccessible.
134N-3801 - przód, Warszawa, 2015-08-01.jpg PESA 134N Green check.svg Yes 30 Ordered in January 2014 from PESA in Bydgoszcz[10] They are used on less loaded lines. They were bought to replace old single cars from Konstal.
[1] Hyundai 140N Green check.svg Yes 6 of 85 Bi-directional, articulated, five-section vehicles, ordered in June 2019, to be delivered by April 2023.
Hyundai 141N Green check.svg Yes 1 of 18 Unidirectional version of 140N, ordered in June 2019, to be delivered by April 2023.
Hyundai 142N Green check.svg Yes 0 of 20 Short (three-section) version of 141N, ordered in June 2019, to be delivered by April 2023.
Total number of sets: 492
Percentage of low-floor sets: 63%

Tram depots[edit]

Depot Address Year est. Lines
ZET R-1 Wola Młynarska 2 1903 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28
ZET R-2 Praga Kawęczyńska 16 1925 3, 6, 7, 9, 13, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28
ZET R-3 Mokotów Woronicza 27 1955 1, 4, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18, 25, 31, 33, 35
ZET R-4 Żoliborz Zgrupowania Kampinos 10 1963 1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 26, 28, 33, 35

Historic fleet[edit]

Sources:[11][12]

Image Model Tram car type Year of manufacture Fleet number
Type A electric tram in Warsaw.jpeg A Falkenried/MAN 1907 43
Linke-Hoffman Werke Lw nr 541.jpg Lw Linke-Hoffman Werke 1925 541
[2] C Lilpop, Rau i Loewenstein 1925 257
K-403.JPG K Gdańska Fabryka Wagonów [pl] 1940 403-1
Wagon K nr 445.jpg Wspólnota Interesów w Katowicach [pl] 1940 445
[3] ? 1940 446
[4] N Konstal 1949 607
Konstal N tram in Warsaw.jpeg 1951 734
[5] ND Sanocka Fabryka Wagonów 1951 1620
Konstal 4N 873.jpg 4N Konstal 1961 873
[6] 4ND 1960 1811
Tram (9632690922).jpg 4Nj 1957 838
13N503.jpg 13N 1959 503
[7] 1967 407
[8] 1968 462
13N nr 795.jpg 1969 795
Konstal 13N 821+818, tram line 4, Warsaw, 2008.jpg 1969 821+818
Konstal 102N Poznań RB1.JPG 102N 1969 5
102Na-42.jpg 102Na 1971 42
Konstal 105N 1000.jpg 105N 1975 1000, 1001

Tickets[edit]

Warszawska Karta Miejska, city travel card

There is a single fare system for every mode of transportation. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines and newsagents all over the city, as well as using a mobile app.

Warsaw tram linie 22 in 1940
Warsaw tram linie 22 in 1940

Route list[edit]

This is a list of Warsaw Tramway lines. As of 2015, there were several track closures all over the tramway system, due to the construction of the second metro line. This list shows tram lines which are operating as of 4 September 2019 and the routes they operate on as of the same date.[6]

Route number Description Map
 1  Annopol ↔ (Pl. Narutowicza) ↔ Banacha
Annopol – Rembielińska – Matki Teresy z Kalkuty – Odrowąża – rondo Żaba – Starzyńskiego – most Gdański – Słomińskiego – rondo Zgrupowania AK „Radosław” – Okopowa – Towarowa – rondo Daszyńskiego – Towarowa – plac Zawiszy – Grójecka – plac Narutowicza – Grójecka – Banacha
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 2  Tarchomin KościelnyMetro Młociny
Światowida – Kuklińskiego – most Skłodowskiej-Curie – Zgrupowania AK „Kampinos”
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 3  AnnopolGocławek
Annopol – Rembielińska – Matki Teresy z Kalkuty – Odrowąża – rondo Żaba – 11 Listopada – Targowa – plac Wileński – Targowa – Zamoyskiego – Grochowska
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 4  WyścigiŻerań Wschodni
Puławska – plac Unii Lubelskiej – Marszałkowskaplac ZbawicielaMarszałkowska – rondo Dmowskiego – Marszałkowskaplac Bankowy – aleja Solidarności – most Śląsko-Dąbrowski – aleja Solidarności – Jagiellońska – Ratuszowa – Targowa – 11 Listopada – rondo Żaba – Odrowąża – Matki Teresy z Kalkuty – Rembielińska – Annopol
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 6  GocławekMetro Młociny
Grochowska – Zamoyskiego – Targowa – plac Wileński – Targowa – Ratuszowa – Jagiellońska – Starzyńskiego – most Gdański – Słomińskiego – Międzyparkowa – Andersa – Mickiewicza – plac Inwalidów – Mickiewicza – plac Wilsona – Słowackiego – Marymoncka – Zgrupowania AK „Kampinos”
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 7  Kawęczyńska-BazylikaP+R Aleja Krakowska
Kawęczyńska – Kijowska – Targowa – aleja Zieleniecka – aleja Poniatowskiego – most PoniatowskiegoAleje Jerozolimskie – rondo Dmowskiego – Aleje Jerozolimskieplac Zawiszy – Grójecka – plac Narutowicza – Grójecka – aleja Krakowska
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 9  Gocławek ↔ (Wiatraczna) ↔ P+R Aleja Krakowska (Pl. Narutowicza)
Grochowska – aleja Waszyngtona – aleja Poniatowskiego – most PoniatowskiegoAleje Jerozolimskie – rondo Dmowskiego – Aleje Jerozolimskieplac Zawiszy – Grójecka – plac Narutowicza – Grójecka – aleja Krakowska
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 10  Metro MłocinyWyścigi
Młociny – Powstańców Śląskich – Połczyńska – Wolska – Skierniewicka– Kasprzaka – Prosta – aleja Jana Pawła II – Chałubińskiego – aleja Niepodległości – Nowowiejska – plac Politechniki – Nowowiejska – plac ZbawicielaMarszałkowska – plac Unii Lubelskiej – Puławska
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 11  Rondo Daszyńskiego ↔ Piaski
Rondo Daszyńskiego – Prosta – Kasprzaka – Skierniewicka – Wolska – Połczyńska – Powstańców Śląskich – al. Reymonta – Broniewskiego
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 13  Kawęczyńska-BazylikaCmentarz Wolski
Kawęczyńska – Kijowska – Targowa – plac Wileński – aleja Solidarności – most Śląsko-Dąbrowski – aleja Solidarności – Wolska
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 14  BanachaMetro Wilanowska
Banacha – Grójecka – plac Narutowicza – Filtrowa – Krzywickiego – Nowowiejska – plac Politechniki – Nowowiejska – plac ZbawicielaMarszałkowska – plac Unii Lubelskiej – Puławska
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 15  Marymont-PotokP+R Aleja Krakowska
Mickiewicza – plac Wilsona – Mickiewicza – plac Inwalidów – Mickiewicza – Andersa – Pl.BankowyMarszałkowska – rondo Dmowskiego – Marszałkowskaplac KonstytucjiMarszałkowskaplac Zbawiciela – Nowowiejska – plac Politechniki – Nowowiejska – Krzywickiego – Filtrowa – plac Narutowicza – Grójecka – aleja Krakowska
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 17  WinnicaPKP Służewiec
Nowodwory - Światowida – Kuklińskiego – Most Skłodowskiej-Curie – Marymoncka – Słowackiego – Popiełuszki – aleja Jana Pawła II – rondo Zgrupowania AK „Radosław” – aleja Jana Pawła II – rondo ONZ – aleja Jana Pawła II – Chałubińskiego – aleja Niepodległości – Rakowiecka – Boboli – Wołoska – Marynarska
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 18  Żerań FSOPKP Służewiec
Jagiellońska – Starzyńskiego – most Gdański – Słomińskiego – Międzyparkowa – Andersa – Pl.BankowyMarszałkowska – rondo Dmowskiego – Marszałkowskaplac KonstytucjiMarszałkowskaplac ZbawicielaMarszałkowska – plac Unii Lubelskiej – Puławska – Woronicza – Wołoska – Marynarska
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 20  BoernerowoŻerań FSO
Kaliskiego – Dywizjonu 303 – Obozowa – Młynarska – aleja Solidarności – most Śląsko-Dąbrowski – aleja Solidarności – plac Wileński – Targowa – Ratuszowa – Jagiellońska
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 22  WiatracznaPiaski
Grochowska – Zamoyskiego – aleja Zieleniecka – aleja Poniatowskiego – most PoniatowskiegoAleje Jerozolimskie – rondo Dmowskiego – Aleje Jerozolimskieplac Zawiszy – Towarowa – rondo Daszyńskiego – Towarowa – Okopowa – rondo Zgrupowania AK „Radosław” – aleja Jana Pawła II – Broniewskiego
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 23  CzynszowaNowe Bemowo
Czynszowa – Stalowa (Stalowa – Środkowa – plac Wileński – Czynszowa) – 11 Listopada – Targowa – Ratuszowa – Jagiellońska – aleja Solidarności – most Śląsko-Dąbrowski – aleja Solidarności – Młynarska – Obozowa – Dywizjonu 303 – Radiowa – Powstańców Śląskich
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 24  GocławekNowe Bemowo
Grochowska – aleja Waszyngtona – aleja Poniatowskiego – most PoniatowskiegoAleje Jerozolimskie – rondo Dmowskiego – Aleje Jerozolimskieplac Zawiszy – Towarowa – rondo Daszyńskiego – Towarowa – Okopowa – aleja Solidarności – Młynarska – Obozowa – Dywizjonu 303 – Radiowa – Powstańców Śląskich
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 25  AnnopolBanacha
Annopol – Rembielińska – Matki Teresy z Kalkuty – Odrowąża – rondo Żaba – 11 Listopada – Targowa – plac Wileński – Targowa – aleja Zieleniecka – aleja Poniatowskiego – most PoniatowskiegoAleje Jerozolimskie – rondo Dmowskiego – Aleje Jerozolimskieplac Zawiszy – Grójecka – plac Narutowicza – Grójecka – Banacha
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 26  KołoWiatraczna
Powstańców Śląskich – Połczyńska – Wolska – aleja Solidarności – most Śląsko-Dąbrowski – aleja Solidarności – plac Wileński – Targowa – Zamoyskiego – Grochowska
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 27  Cmentarz WolskiMetro Marymont
Wolska – aleja Solidarności – Okopowa – rondo Zgrupowania AK „Radosław” – aleja Jana Pawła II – Popiełuszki
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 28  Dw. Wschodni (Kijowska)Piaski
Kijowska – Targowa – plac Wileński – Targowa – Ratuszowa – Jagiellońska – Starzyńskiego – most Gdański – Słomińskiego – rondo Zgrupowania AK „Radosław” – aleja Jana Pawła II – Broniewskiego
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 31  Metro WierzbnoPKP Służewiec
Woronicza – Wołoska – Marynarska
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 33  KieleckaMetro Młociny
Rakowiecka – aleja Niepodległości – Chałubińskiego – aleja Jana Pawła II – rondo ONZ – aleja Jana Pawła II – rondo Zgrupowania AK „Radosław” – aleja Jana Pawła II – Broniewskiego – Wólczyńska – Nocznickiego
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 35  Nowe BemowoWyścigi
Powstańców Śląskich – Reymonta – Broniewskiego – aleja Jana Pawła II – rondo Zgrupowania AK „Radosław” – aleja Jana Pawła II – Stawki – Andersa – Pl.BankowyMarszałkowska – rondo Dmowskiego – Marszałkowskaplac KonstytucjiMarszałkowskaplac ZbawicielaMarszałkowska – plac Unii Lubelskiej – Puławska
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 36  Metro MarymontPl.Narutowicza
Filtrowa - Nowowiejska - Pl.Konstytucji - Marszałkowska - Pl.Bankowy - Andersa - Mickiewicza - Słowackiego
 41  Żerań WschodniPKP Służewiec
– Annopol – Rembielińska – Odrowąża – Starzyńskiego – Most Gdański – Słomińskiego – al. Jana Pawła II – Chałubińskiego – al. Niepodległości – Rakowiecka – Boboli – Wołoska – Marynarska
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The standard headway is every 8 minutes during peak hours and every 12 minutes off-peak, but the trams on lines 1, 9, 17, 31 and 33 run every 4–6 minutes. Line 2 has the most frequent service with trams running every 2 minutes during peak hours.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The figure given in the source is 303 km (188 mi) of single track, it is assumed that the length of all routes (nearly all of them being double track) is about half that figure.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Infrastruktura torowa". Tramwaje Warszawskie. September 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Warszawa w negliżu" (PDF). Świat. 2 (29). Warsaw: Tow. Akc. S. Orgelbranda Synów. 20 July 1907. p. 17 – via Mazovian Digital Library.
  3. ^ "Ultimate Warsaw Guide". Poland Travel Planner. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Stan inwentarzowy taboru - Tramwaje Warszawskie" [Rolling stock - Tramwaje Warszawskie]. Tramwaje Warszawskie. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Tramwaje Warszawskie Sp. z o. o. — O nas: Tabor tramwajowy". Tramwaje Warszawskie. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Timetables". Warsaw Public Transport. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Trasa do Winnicy gotowa". Warszawski Transport Publiczny.
  8. ^ "Warszawa: Niebawem przetarg na tramwaj do Wilanowa. Będzie fazowanie". transport-publiczny.pl.
  9. ^ "Warszawa rezygnuje z dofinansowania dla tramwaju na Gocław. Powstanie później?". transport-publiczny.pl.
  10. ^ Barrow, Keith (2014-01-21). "Warsaw Tramways orders Pesa Jazz LRVs". International Railway Journal. International Railway Journal. Retrieved 2014-01-22. WARSAW Tramways signed a Zlotys 167.9m ($US 54.8m) contract with Pesa, Poland on January 15 for 30 type 134N Jazz low-floor LRVs, which will be used on lower-density routes in the city.
  11. ^ "Tramwaje". Klub Miłośników Komunikacji Miejskiej w Warszawie (in Polish). 31 December 1999. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Tram hire pricelist" (PDF). Tramwaje Warszawskie (in Polish).

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