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Address: Am Bavariapark 5, 80339 Munich, Germany
Opening times: Daily except public holidays 0900-1700
Admission: Adults six euros, children 3 euros

Visit date: June 2016

Access by public transport: U-Bahn U4/5 to Schwanthalerhöhe, bus 134 to Theresienhöhe.

Collection: This is the land transport collection of Munich's gigantic Deutsches Museum of science and technology, covering all forms of land transportation, both private and public. The public transportation collection includes 4 steam locomotives, 3 electric locomotives, 1 steam railcar, 4 EMU cars, 3 passenger carriages, 2 freight wagons, 4 tramcars, 2 buses, and 1 trolleybus. Highlights include an original steam railcar from the Pilatus rack railway, the steepest non-cable railway in the world; the Grand-Ducal Oldenburg State Railway 0-4-0 no. 11 "Landwührden", the first locomotive manufactured by the Krauss company; the Royal Bavarian State Railway class 53/6 4-6-2 no. 3634; and a driving motor car from the prototype ICE high-speed train unit. As well as the public transport exhibits, there are many private cars also on display.

Presentation: The museum occupies the former trade fair halls of Munich, divided into three sections, covering "Traffic and City Transport", "Travel", and "Transport and Technology". All the exhibits are static and labelled in a mixture of German and English. The "Travel" section is historically arranged to cover the development over the years of long-distance land travel, both technologically and socially, while the other two halls are more thematically arranged. The museum is definitely recommended if you are in the region.
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Address: KVB-Museum, Gemarkenstraße 173, 51069 Köln
Opening times: Second Sunday in month, Mar-Dec, 1100-1700
Admission price: 1.5 euro, children 1 euro

Visit date: March 2016

Access by public transport: The museum is adjacent to the railway-style tramway terminus at Thielenbruch, served by Koeln tram routes 3 and 18.

Collection: Thirteen motor tram cars, three trailers, three freight vehicles, two works motor cars, one replica horse tram car. The Koeln heritage tram stock appears to have been particularly badly damaged during World War Two, with only one motor-motor-trailer set from one of the suburban companies surviving from before 1939. The earliest era of tramways in Koeln is represented by an ex-Bonn car of similar vintage and design, with a false Koeln identity.

Presentation: All labelling and historical discussion is in German-only, but interesting if you can read some of the language. Not one to make a special trip to, but worth visiting if you are in the area.
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Address: Historische Straßenbahnhof Leipzig-Möckern, Georg-Schumann-Straße 244, 04159 Leipzig
Opening times: Third Sunday of month, May-Sep, 1000-1700
Admission price: €2 adult, €1 reduced (child under 14, registered disabled, Leipzig Card holder). Tram journeys additional.

Visit date: September 2015

Access by public transport: Local tram routes 10 and 11, bus 80. On open days historic trams also operate hourly from central Leipzig as route 29E.

Collection: Despite the limited opening hours this is a fairly large and well-kept collection with 19 electric motor tramcars (some to be restored), 14 trailer cars (some to be restored), one horse tramcar, a trolleybus (under restoration), and several service and road vehicles. Particularly notable or interesting vehicles include a motorised mobile shop tramcar, now used as the museum shop, "Villa Helga", a trailer preserved in its state as recovered, when it was being used as a bungalow, Grosse Leipziger Strassenbahn 308 of 1896, claimed to be the second oldest tramcar in Europe in operable condition and a survivor of the first class in mainland Europe to be fitted with air brakes, and Leipziger Aussenbahn 20, a suburban tramcar with elaborate Jugendstil decoration, upholstered seats, and a heating stove complete with chimney protruding through the roof.

Presentation: On open days various cars are used intermittently for route 29E and tours, with the others static in the depot. They are quite close together, but easy to examine and board. Most vehicles are labelled, but in German only. There are other technical and historical displays. Overall, strongly recommended if you are in Leipzig when it is open.
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Address: Ludwig-Koeßler-Platz, 1030 Vienna
Opening times: Wednesday 0900-1800; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 1000-1800
Admission: €6 adult, €5 reduced, €4 under 19, €3 under 19 reduced, free under 15

Visit date: September 2014

Access by public transport: U-Bahn U3 from city centre or tram line 18 from Hauptbahnhof to Schlacthausgasse, bus 77A or 80A from Prater area to Ludwig-Koeßler-Platz

Collection: On display on opening day:
1 horse tram
1 steam tram engine with trailer
4 motor buses
25 electric tramcars (motor and trailer)
6 Stadtbahn cars
4 tramway works vehicles
2 tramway freight vehicles
1 U-Bahn car

It is possible that some of the vehicles being used for heritage tram and bus service on the opening day will normally be on display in the museum as well as these.

Presentation: A former tramway depot with vehicles displayed on the original floor and slightly elevated stands or kiosks for informative displays and small exhibits. The main introductory paragraphs in the display stands and all vehicle labels are in both German and English, other display text in German only. Some of the display areas are slightly cramped, but otherwise this is a fascinating and informative city transport museum of world-class standard. At the time of the visit, no museum guide was available, although a 2009 hardback guide to the collection, "Sammlung Wiener-Tramwaymuseum", is available from online sellers.


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