Trondheim tram-museum

About a week ago, while I was out riding my bike in the summer sunshine, I coincidentally happened to pass by the tram-museum at Munkvoll, Trondheim. Being in the sentimental corner and a person loving all things with engines, including local history, I decided to take a break from the bike seat, and go inside to have a tiny peak again. Last visit there was probably some 5 to 8 years ago already, so it was about high time.  

Personally, I feel that the history of trams in Trondheim is a somewhat sad story when we learn about how the end of these trams came about. Shortly after a major and massive upgrade of all the different tramlines and tram-cars in the city, the local government decided to quickly suspend all services indefinitely, and within days, they started removing all the newly installed lines from the city scape. Had a normal citizen like you and me done something even remotely close to such a mismanagement, we would surely have been investigated thoroughly and perhaps even locked up in the nearest county jail. But, since this horrible waste of time, and investments was done by politicians using ordinary people’s tax money, nobody would ever have to stand up and explain their spendings, their descisions, or themselves in front of the public. Last time I visited this museum, it was tended to be a very passionate gentleman, which with great affection told me the entire story of trams in Trondheim. 

Shortly after the decomission of the public tram services, a private initiative managed to reopen one of the lines under the name “Gråkallbanen". This tramline still runs till this day, and is very popular with commuters - as well as with tourists alike. In the summer time when cruiseships come to town, this route is also using vintage, restored trains to transport tourists from downtown to Lian and back. This historic ride includes a stop at the tram-museum, naturally. 

The day I visited, there was a group of Scottish tourists dropping by for a quick stop, and a single German gentleman that was deeply passionate about trams of the world. Speaking to this German, he had been travelling to many places in the world - but only to those that still had public trams in service. 

Trondheim tram-museum, or Trondheim Sporveismuseum as it’s called locally, is open for the summer, entrance is free and they keep their doors open between 12:00 and 15:00 hours every day from Wednesday to Sunday. 

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