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Stuttgart Tram Museum

Stuttgarter Strassenbahnmuseum
Bad Canstatt, Stuttgart, Germany

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ABOVE: Meter-gauge trams in a former streetcar depot at Bad Canstatt, which was built in 1929 and is being converted into new quarters for the Stuttgart Tram Museum..

December, 2008: The Stuttgart Tram Museum is currently closed for renovation but is scheduled to reopen in spring, 2009. In the meantime, the museum continues to run excursions on vintage streetcars. See page 2 for more information.

Stuttgart and Strassenbahn share more than an initial consonant: Stuttgart was the first German city with a streetcar network, thanks to the introduction of horsedrawn trolleys in 1868. A cogwheel railway opened in 1884, and in 1891, Stuttgart followed Berlin and Hamburg by introducing the third electric tram system in Germany. Since then, the city's Strassenbahn network has continued to flourish, to the point where the entire meter-gauge system was replaced by a modern standard-gauge network in December, 2007. (Stuttgart's willingness to invest in public transit is all the more impressive for taking place in the headquarters city of two car companies.)

SSB photoStuttgart is a city that takes pride in its industrial history, and the Stuttgart Strassenbahnmuseum has an extensive collection of trams and related objects that date back 140 years.

The Strassenbahnmuseum works closely with the local SSB transit authority, which provides the museum with 3,000 square meters of exhibition space at a former streetcar depot in the Stuttgart suburb of Bad Canstatt. The museum has more than 60 restored trams and other vehicles, and it runs excursions on meter-gauge tracks that have been laid between the city's new standard-gauge tram lines.

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