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Bern, Switzerland

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Bern Combino tram no. 670 in the Old City on Marktgasse, approaching Zytglogge. Photo by David Pirmann, July 2012.

Overview

The capital city of Switzerland, Bern, has five tram lines that date back to the turn of the century. All of the lines traverse the old city from the Bahnhofplatz east along Spitalgasse and Marktgasse to the clock tower at Zytglogge. Here the lines diverge with one service heading north across the Kornhausbrucke and the others heading south via Helvetiaplatz to various branch terminals in the southeast of the city. West from Bahnhofplatz, the tram lines to Wabern, Weissenbühl, and Fischermattli are older, and the lines to Brünnen Westside and Bümpliz are trolleybus conversions which opened as tram lines in 2010. In addition to the tram lines, there are several trolleybus routes, one of which, the number 12, runs alongside the tram lines from Bahnhofplatz to Zytglogge and further east through the old town across the Nydeggbrucke. An old tram depot is now a well regarded restaurant and brewery alongside the Bear Park at the east end of the Nydeggbrucke. A Tram Museum is located at Weissenbühl which is open on certain summer weekends and operates tram museum service on an occasional basis.

Roster

Numbers Type Manufacturer Year Build Notes
81-89 Be 4/10 "Tram 2000" SWP/SIG/ABB 1987-1988 Lengthened 2010
731-742 Be 4/8 Duewag-Vevey 1989-1990
753-765 Combino Siemens 2002-2004 751, 752, 760-765 lengthened 2009
651-671 Combino Siemens 2009-2010


Photo Gallery


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Photo by: Herman R. Silbiger
Location: Helvetiaplatz

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Photo by: David Pirmann
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Location: Zytglogge

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Location: Bahnhofplatz

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Location: Kirchenfeldbrucke

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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Kirchenfeldbrucke

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Location: Waldmannstrasse

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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Brünnen Westside

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Links

Official site.

Tramverein Bern - Bern Tram History & Museum.









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