Tramway Museum Zürich

View from inside an old Tramway Carriage

While I knew there is a tramway museum in Zürich, it took many years for me to visit it. This Saturday we finally went. The museum is not very big, it basically occupies an old tram depot, but has a wide collection of old tramways, most of them in very good condition. There is also an inspection gallery which lets you look at the underside of one of the vehicles. Old parts and explanations about the city network and multiple play areas complete the exhibit.

What I found interesting is that the current network grew out of a set of disjoint, private companies, in the same way the swiss railway network was the merger of multiple train companies. There is also a model of the Zürich subway project, which got killed in a popular vote, but whose already built tunnels were reused for the S4 and the S10 and the 7 tramway line (old post about this in french).

Panorama View from the first floor in the Tram Musesum

Tram-Museum Zürich
Forchstrasse 260
8008 Zürich

What I found striking is how short the first two axles tramways were. And while they were very pretty, with wooden benches and copper lamps, but they also contained many signs asking people not to spit on the floor, and giving exact pricing for breaking various part of the tramway. I also learnt that the Forchbahn used some old carriages from the tramway company in Lausanne. The last tramways ran in Lausanne in 1964.

All in all I nice small museum to visit on raining week-end.

2 thoughts on “Tramway Museum Zürich”

  1. Hello, re: Züri Tram I remember taking the tram with Brigitte Frey (her maiden name) in a “Chischte”, the van that didn’t have doors that closed, so that you could jump onto the platform, when the tram was already leaving the station. You ran the risk of being shouted at, that was all.
    I remember being in an old tram on the way to the Zoo. Maybe there was ice on the rails and the chap who sold tickets told us to get off and push the tram. We all got off but nobody pushed. Maman

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