THE GS TRAM SITE

ANTWERPEN / ANVERS – ANTWERP

BELGIË / BELGIQUE – BELGIUM

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1 June 1949




BELGIQUE / BELGIË - BELGIUM

ANTWERP

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Antwerp tram NMVB Vicinal tram

Antwerp 1949 tram map


INSET: DOWNTOWN ANTWERP

Antwerp 1949 downtown tram map

INSET: EXTENDED ANTWERP REGION

Only NMBV lines shown

Antwerp 1949 extended tram map



I created the above maps by overlaying OpenStreetMap (OSM) maps with my own data. Copyright on the OSM maps is © OpenStreetMap contributors, licensed under a CC-BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence).

Please note that the OSM maps used as a template for these maps corresponds to the situation at the time the map was downloaded and may show features that did not exist at the time the GS Tram Site is supposed to show. In particular, it may show bridges and highways that were built later.

ROUTES

URBAN TRAM ROUTES

Operator: Tramwegen van Antwerpen en Omgeving (TAO)

  1 Noorderplaats – Rooseveltplaats – Opera – Nationale Bank – Zuidstatie
  2 Suikerrui – Groenplaats – Meir – Opera – Centraal Station – Plantin – Harmonie – Driehoek - De Singel – Olympiade – Zwaantjes – Hoboken
  3 Zuidstatie – Tropisch Instituut - Groenplaats – Meir – Opera – Centraal Station – Stuivenberg – Schijnpoort – Merksem
  3B Suikerrui – Groenplaats – Meir – Opera – Centraal Station – Stuivenberg – Schijnpoort – Merksem
  4 Groenplaats – Tropisch Instituut - Marnixplaats – Kiel – Zwaantjes – Hoboken
  5 Groenplaats – Anselmostraat – Driehoek – Wilrijk
  7 Tolhuis – Meir – Nationale Bank – Harmonie – Berchem – Mortsel (Oude God)
  8 Groenplaats – Meir – Nationale Bank – Groenenhoek – Eksterlaar
  9 Van Schoonbekeplein – Meir – Nationale Bank – Plantin – Draakplaats – Berchem Station
10 Melkmarkt – Rooseveltplaats – De Roma - Deurne
11 Rooseveltplaats – Draakplaats – Groenenhoek – Eksterlaar
12 Stadion – Schijnpoort – Gasstraat - Centraal Station – Opera – Nationale Bank – Kiel – Grens Kiel
13 Zuidstatie – Petrol Tanks
14 Noorderplaats – Rooseveltplaats – Opera – Nationale Bank – Zuidstatie – Kiel – Grens Kiel [Weakday rush hours]
15 Centraal Station – Plantin – Harmonie – Berchem – Mortsel (Oude God)
16 Melkmarkt – Rooseveltplaats – Draakplaats – Groenenhoek – Luchthaven Antwerpen
17 Centraal Station – Plantin – Harmonie – Driehoek – Wilrijk
18 Schijnpoort – Damstatie – Rooseveltplaats – Centraal Station – Plantin – Ooststatie
23 St. Michielskaai – Marnixplaats – Nationale Bank – Opera – Centraal Station – Stuivenberg – Schijnpoort – Noorderlaan
24 Silsburg – Borgerhout – Centraal Station – Opera – Nationale Bank – Kiel – Zwaantjes – Schoonselhof

INTERURBAN (VICINAL) TRAM ROUTES

Operator: Nationale Maatschappij van Buurtspoorwegen (NMVB)

40 Rooseveltplaats – De Roma - Deurne – Schilde - Oostmalle
41 Rooseveltplaats – De Roma - Deurne – Schilde - Oostmalle - Turnhout
42 Rooseveltplaats – De Roma - Borgerhout – Silsburg – Broechem - Lier
50 Yserlaan – Rooseveltplaats – Opera – Nationale Bank – Olympiade – Wilrijk - Aartselaar – Boom
52 Yserlaan – Rooseveltplaats – Opera – Nationale Bank – Olympiade – Wilrijk - Aartselaar – Boom – Rumst - Mechelen
54 Yserlaan – Rooseveltplaats – Opera – Nationale Bank – Olympiade – Wilrijk - Aartselaar – Reet – Rumst
61 Osy Straat – Merksem – Schoten - St. Gravenwezel
63 Osy Straat – Merksem – Brasschaat
65 Osy Straat – Merksem – Schoten – Kapellen – Putte
70 Rooseveltplaats – Luchtbal – Ekeren – Stabroek - Lillo
72 Rooseveltplaats – Luchtbal – Ekeren – Kapellen – Putte
75 Osy Straat – Luchtbal – Oorderen – Zandvliet
77 Osy Straat – Luchtbal – Oorderen
  H Linkeroever – Kruibeke - Temse - Hamme

NB: Rural vicinal lines are shown on the extended Antwerp region map for indicative purposes, but had no route numbers and are not listed above.



CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Urban trams: 66 km.
  • Vicinal trams: ? km


HISTORY

  • Urban trams: (horse-drawn) 1 May 1873 - ?; (electric) 2 Sept. 1902 - today.
  • Pre-metro (underground tramline): 25 March 1975 - today.
  • Interurban trams: (horse-drawn) 20 July 1879 – 9 Sept. 1908; (steam) 15 Aug. 1885 – 6 March 1932; (electric) 21 June 1908 – 25 May 1968.

GAUGE

  • Urban trams: 1000 mm.
  • Interurban trams (NMBV): 1000 mm.

SOURCES

PRINT

  • Brosteaux, M. "Antwerpen - A new era", Modern Tramway & Rapid Transit Review, Sept.-Oct. 1975 (38:453-454), p.308-314 and 339-341.
  • Davies, W.J.K. The Vicinal story - Light railways in Belgium, 1885-1991.Scarborough [England]: Light Rail Transit Association, 2nd ed., 2006.
  • Floyd, J.D.A. "Tramways in Antwerp", The Modern Tramway, March 1949 (12: 135), p.56-61.
  • Koenot, L., Justens, S. & Hamal, T. Tram 2000 - Flash 1996. Bruxelles: Hamal, 1996.
  • Pulling, N. "Systems Factfile No.112 - Antwerp, Belgium", Tramways & Urban Transit, Feb. 2017 (80: 950), p.63-68.
  • Russell, M. "Groenenhoek glory", Tramways & Urban Transit, Apr. 2007 (70: 832), p.152-153.
  • "Systems Factfile No.32 - Antwerp, Belgium", Tramways & Urban Transit, May 2010 (73: 869), p.179-182.
  • Wansbeek, C.J. "Antwerpen: 100 years of electric trams", Tramways & Urban Transit, Sept. 2002 (65: 777), p.334-337.

WIKIS

WEB SITES

Thanks to Peter Zondag (from Utrecht, The Netherlands), Guy Cools (from Brussels, Belgium) and Ken Van Oproy (from Antwerp, Belgium) for information obtained through personal communication.


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