InTramCities with Gordon Stewart


           INFRASTRUCTURE, ARCHITECTURE and ENVIRONMENT along streets with trams

CLOSED ROUTE ALIGNMENTS


When Gordon Stewart first began visiting and tentatively photographing tramways when on holidays in West Germany in the 1970s it was assumed that it would probably be a matter of recording the demise of most street-based systems whether through outright closure or, in the major cities, the running of trams into tunnels in the city centres. Even the trams in subways were regarded as a provisional measure, pending ultimate conversion into fully-fledged metros. Sentiment soon began to change and although it was too late for some systems, others survived and many embarked on expansion programmes. Remarkably, a growing number of new tramways were established, often in places where they had been shut down many years before.


Despite the growing number of new city tramways and extensions to existing networks, some traditional tram routes are disappearing. Thankfully, most are as a result of  upgrade work to improve the railed transport system, many being replaced by underground tramways but others by improved alignments. A number of the photos in the InTramCities photograph database show such tram lines which are now out of service
This section includes recent closures and does not include, for example, the now-closed routes covered in the West Germany in the 1970s photograph gallery.

CLOSURES IN 2020

Oslo
Jernbanetorget to St Halvards plass, photographed on 14th August 2006. Replaced by a new route via Bjorvika along Dronning Eufemias gate


Bochum
Unterstrasse to Witten-Papenholz, photographed on 23rd March, 1986. Replaced by a new route via Langendreer. Regular services ended in December 2019 but the alignment remained in use for depot workings and some Sunday services.

CLOSURES IN 2018

Innsbruck
Defreggerstrasse and Pradler Strasse between Leipziger Platz and Roseggerstrasse, photographed on 22nd July, 2015. Replaced by a more direct alignment along Amraser Strasse  

CLOSURES IN 2017


Stuttgart
Friedhofstrasse, photographed in June 2015. Replaced by a new direct alignment, partially in tunnel.

Torino
Ponte Regina Margherita and Corso Giuseppe Gabetti, between between Piazzale Regina Margherita and Hermada tram terminus with the intermediate stop at Borromini : Closed on October 1st, 2017 : Replaced by buses   

Vienna
Favoritenstrasse, from Reumannplatz to Per-Albin-Hansson Siedlung, photographed in June 2017. Replaced by an extension of underground line U1

Hannover
Joachimstrasse and Prinzenstrasse between Hauptbahnhof (Ernst-August-Platz) and Aegidientorplatz. Not replaced, with the trams diverted to a new terminus north of the main railway line at the Central Bus Station

Basel
Burgfelden Grenze terminus loop, photographed in 2008. The loop became redundant following the extension into St Louis (France) with a new loop for services terminating within the Basel city territory being constructed at Burgfelderhof at the national border.


CLOSURES IN 2016

Dusseldorf
Closure between S-Bahnhof Bilk and S-Bahnhof Wehrhahn, including tram stops Kirchplatz, Graf-Adolf-Platz, Benrather Strasse, Heinrich-Heine-Allee, Jan-Wellem-Platz, Jacobistrasse and Pempelforter Strasse.  Replacement by an underground alignment, the so-called "Wehrhahn Linie" on February 20th, 2016. Tram routes crossing the new alignment and associated surface tram stops remain. Photographed on several visits

CLOSURES IN 2015

Ruda Slaska (Upper Silesia)
Closure of tracks running north-south through Ruda Slaska from Bobrek Osiedle Pod Brzozami to Ruda Poladniowa on 14th February. Photographed on 1st August 2009. Replacement by a bus service


Mulheim
Closure of tracks alongside Zeppelinstrasse between Hauptfriedhof and Flughafen photographed on 24th March 1986 and 2nd September 2002 . Replacement by a bus service

CLOSURES IN 2009

Gliwice
Closure of the entire line through Gliwice which had linked the town with the neighbouring town of Zabrze and the wider interurban network of Upper Silesia. Photographed on 2nd August 2009. Replacement by a bus service

Basel
Gasstrasse, photographed in 2008. The more direct route from Kannenfeldplatz to Voltaplatz established in 1963 was closed in favour of the original route passing St Johann station




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