Scottish Tramway and Transport Society
2013 Tour is now being planned - June
The tours are independent of the STTS. They are organised and assisted by individual members of the Society for the benefit of other members only, providing an opportunity to meet up as an informal group to enjoy transport delights in Europe. These are totally self financing and completely independent of the STTS.
Please contact us for information and to be put in touch with the principal organiser. These are private tours for private individuals and STTS accepts no liability arising from participation or otherwise.
We will update this page periodically
26th June 2013 - 1st July 2013
Please contact Hugh McAulay for further details.
The 50th anniversary of the closure of the Glasgow Tramways will be commemorated at a special event at the National Tramway Museum in Crich during the weekend of 15th & 16th September 2012.
June 2012 Heidelberg, Germany
14th to 19th June
15 members of the STTS enjoyed meeting up and seeing the delights of another German system. The highlight was probably the day spent on a specially chartered museum tram touring Heidelberg.
Lisbon, Portugal -
The 2011 tour was to Lisbon with visits to Sintra and Oporto (Porto).
The majority of the members arrived from Edinburgh on 9th June.
Lisbon had three cable-hauled funiculars along with its tram way system. A visit to the tramway museum in Lisbon took place. A special chartered tram was available in Oporto for a street tour and visit to the museum in Massarelos.
The last full day of the trip was 13th June before returning back to the UK.
Milan, Italy -
MILAN between the 3rd & 8th June 2010. Milan has a 3 line Metro system with a further line under construction. Locally Turin has a 7 route tram system employing a varying generation of tramcars. and a day trip to this system will take place
Flights will be around £50 and 5 night hotel around £180 with the expected overall cost in the region of £300... Italian railways offer discounts for 10 passengers travelling together. Please contact for further details.
This year’s Society tour was to Brussels and also included trips to Ghent and Antwerp. It was organised as usual by Hugh McAulay, but this year Hugh was in hospital at the time so the tour guide was Douglas Boyle.
The tour began on 17th June when we left our very central hotel on a tram tour to our evening meal at Ixelles.The following day the party visited Gand (Ghent), an interesting city with canals and old buildings.The Grand system is metre-gauge and a mixture of PCC and ‘Hermelijn’ cars.
Friday 19th was the day of the visit to Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe. The first thing that strikes you in Antwerp is Centraal Station, a very grand structure.The Antwerp tram museum at Berchem is housed in an old tram depot and has a large collection of vehicles.
The Tour Party at Antwerp Museum:
(on platform) Douglas Scoular, Richard McGilvray; (standing) John Senior, Carolyn Senior, Murdoch Currie, Denys Owen, Ross Scoular, Frank Mitchell; (on step)Douglas Boyle. On the Sunday morning we boarded a restored 1935 Peter Witt car for a comprehensive circular tour of the city.
The whole Brussels tour was excellently organised to the last detail by Hugh and it was so unfortunate that he was unable to come on his trip!
Barcelona (overnight) Day Trip on 11th & 12th June.
This was the first tour of 2008 and became an overnight trip to accommodate flight times. The modern Barcelona system consists of six routes. T1, T2, & T3 are known as Trambaix and T4, T5, & T6 called Trambesos. Routes T1, T2, T4, & T5 were opened in 2004, T3 opened in 2006 and T6 opened in 2008. The trams shown are Alstom Citadis 302 type, which are 32.3 metres long and 2.65 metres wide. Each tram can carry 218 passengers.
Berlin Annual European Tour between 22nd to 26th June.
This second tour of 2008 was between 22nd & 26th June 2008. Visits were made to Strausberg, Lustgarten including the Depot, Potsdam, Niederschonhausen Depot, Rudersdorf and its Schonieche Depot.
Croydon 16th May 2007
The 2007 tours included a day trip to Croydon where our member Curly Cross organised a wonderful day for us.
Members travelled from different airports around the country to visit Croydon Tramway.
Katowice 17th to 21st June 2007
The main 2007 Tour was to Katowice in Southern Poland.
Katowice is the centre of a large industrial area, now derelict in many places, with a tramway linking it to several other large neighbouring towns.
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