The history of the city’s trams and tramways.
Trams are part of everyday life in Gothenburg. It is not unusual to see vintage trams running in the streets in the heart of the city. This is thanks to a non-profit organization, Tramway Society Ringlinien (Spårvägssällskapet Ringlinien).
Around twenty trams have been saved, a collection representing vehicles from the 20th century. Of these, fifteen are in working order. You can take a closer look at the veteran trams and other local traffic-related material in the Tramway Museum, housed in the old tram depot in Gårda, just a few minutes tram (or bus) ride from Gothenburg city centre.
Your visit to the Museum will consist of two parts. First, you have the chance to examine the exhibits, including examples of 20th century tickets and uniforms, and then you are given a guided tour of the depot. On the tour you will see the trams themselves and your guide, who speaks Swedish and English, will answer your questions and provide you with much interesting information on the objects on display.
The oldest vehicle on show is a horse-drawn tram from the 1800s and the newest was used when the line to Angered was opened in 1969.There are films too – including one from the years the last trolley buses were used in Gothenburg. There is also a tram simulator with the sort of controls tram divers used at the end of the 1950s.
The depot itself was built in 1930, and should not be confused with the new depot situated nearby. For information on possible changes in opening hours due to major holidays or special events, Ringlinien refer to their web page.