With Anna Grace in Munich for a XC tournament and Jack camping with Scouts last weekend, that gave the two of us a day to ourselves. Given that Tony had been so patient the previous weekend when tagging along on not one, but two major street Flohmarkts with me, I thought he might appreciate an afternoon without mention of a flea market. So to the Tram Museum we went.
Vienna’s “Strassenbahn” (street train) system has been around for over 100 years. The first trains were horse-powered, quite literally.
The earliest powered trains appeared around 1900.
Trams in the 1920’s were a slight more updated.
Following the Anschluss Austria used Nazi-designed and engineered trams during WWII. Not all trams were as bleak as the era, thankfully.
Many Nazi trams were destroyed in the last days of the war. In 1948, per the Marshall Plan, New York City sent Vienna trams. They came to be known as the “Amerikaner” tram.
Vienna had its own first post-war trams in the late 1950s, many of which were comprised of salvaged parts.
Very contemporary designs for the 1960’s. This is the predominant style, with occasional modifications, still in use today. However, these trams are all “High Floor,” making it near impossible for persons in wheelchairs, or with strollers or shopping trolleys, to access the tram.
Now there are “Low Floor” trams that align well with the platform. We all like the new trams.
Back when Europe was one giant “Smoking Section,” Wiener Linien had the foresight to dedicate a “Raucher ” car to many of its lines, with open sides for ventilation. Note the irony of the “Smoking” car going in the direction of the Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof).
Also on display were uniforms worn by the conductors and ticket takers throughout Wiener Linien history. Stylish!
There were buses, too, including this vintage rambler that would wend up the switchback roads to the top of Kahlenberg. What a ride that must have been.
A good deal of attention was given to the inner workings of the trams, as well, so it can be said that my darling Enginerd had himself a super afternoon.