ⓘ Trams in Stockholm


ⓘ Trams in Stockholm

The Stockholm tramway network forms part of the public transport system in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden.

Beginning with horse trams in 1877, the Stockholm tram network reached its largest extent in 1946. Many of the former suburban tram lines became parts of the Stockholm Metro between the years 1950-1964. In September 1967, in conjunction with the Swedish switch from left-hand to right-hand traffic, the last parts of the once large inner-city street running tram network were closed. What little remained of the former network following 1967 were isolated suburban feeder lines to the Metro.

However; In 1991 a 3 km 1.9 mi long heritage line opened to the recreational area Djurgården; and in 2000, the non-radial half-circle line Tvarbanan opened with articulated low-floor vehicles connecting an inner ring of Metro and commuter rail stations just outside the inner city proper, with subsequent extensions in 2003 and 2014; and in 2010 the heritage line was extended and converted to a regular service line.


1. History

The first tramway in Stockholm was opened in 1877 and was drawn by horses. A tramline run on steam-power opened in 1887. Stockholms tram network was converted to electrical propulsion 1901-1905. An extensive network formed in the early 20th century. Trams were effectively replaced by the Stockholm Metro from 1950 onwards, and all tram lines were closed down by 1967 due to the effect of Dagen H and replaced with buses especially those in Stockholm proper, with the exception of two suburban tram lines, Lidingobanan and Nockebybanan.

In 1991, one tram line, Djurgårdslinjen, was reopened as a heritage and tourist line. Since 2000, two more tram lines have been built, Tvarbanan line 22, a peripheral line linking the southeastern suburb of Sickla with the northwestern suburb of Solna, and an extension of Djurgårdslinjen into the inner city Spårvag City line 7. The Tvarbana was extended in 2013, and will be further extended in the future.


2. Current service

As of 2018, the following lines provide service in the Stockholm metropolitan area:

All tramlines run on standard gauge track and use the same overhead voltage, 750 V DC. But there are two different cab signalling systems, one for Lidingobanan, one for Tvarbanan. This makes rolling stock incompatible. The other tramlines Nockeby and City/Djurgården have no cab signalling requirement.