Transport Museum Frankfurt am Main

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East hall with K- (left) and L-railcars (right)
Entrance to the museum (west hall)

The Transport Museum Frankfurt (formerly Stadtwerke Transport Museum Schwanheim ) is the transport history of urban transport in Frankfurt and the Rhein-Main area dedicated to traffic museum in Frankfurt's Schwanheim . The museum is also the company museum of the Stadtwerke Frankfurt am Main and the Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt (VGF). It is part of the Route of Industrial Culture Rhein-Main .


View from the southern gallery into the west hall
C, D and F railcars in the west hall

The museum's vehicle collection can look back on a long tradition. Even before the First World War , an engine and a trailer car from the Frankfurt-Offenbacher Trambahn-Gesellschaft and a horse-drawn tram from the Frankfurt Trambahn-Gesellschaft were saved from scrapping. These three vehicles survived the Second World War and the post-war period purely by chance , as they were parked under tarpaulin in the Eckenheim depot and thus survived the air raids on Frankfurt am Main . It was not until 1950 that the cars were rediscovered by the tram operator Ernst Lebek.

The find led to the decision to receive a copy of each decommissioned car series in the future. Decommissioned vehicles were restored in the main workshop and, from the 1960s, stored in the two car halls of the former Frankfurter Waldbahn in Frankfurt-Schwanheim. A temporary museum was set up in the east hall, but it was hardly accessible to the public. There were some vehicles and a few other exhibits on display. Over time, a collection that is unique in the world was created in Schwanheim, which documents the development of the tram in Frankfurt almost completely.

From the mid-1960s to the 1980s, the vehicles were presented to the public exclusively at special events such as the open day. The vehicles were parked in the Braubachstraße in Frankfurt's old town, which was then specially closed . The planning for a museum began in the 1970s. On May 8, 1984, the museum was opened in the West Hall. In 1986 the western hall was extended in the southern area and the southern pore was built there. The neighboring east hall was opened in 1987, so that a covered exhibition area of ​​around 2200 square meters has been available since then. Today the museum is also available for corporate events.

Museum Association

Meeting of all drivable tram types in Frankfurt 2016 in the tram station "Stadion"

Since the VGF no longer wanted to bear the increasing operating costs for the museum on its own in the long run, the Historic Tram Association of the City of Frankfurt am Main (HSF) was founded in November 2004 on May 1, 2005, and will continue to operate the museum from April 16, 2006 take over. In addition, the decline in visitor numbers should be stopped and new ideas implemented. These include a. special offers for children. In 2008, a redesign of the permanent exhibition was completed and since then many other exhibitions on various topics, such as tram traffic between Frankfurt and Offenbach, have been realized. The association organizes various events, such as the summer festival, contributions to events such as the "Frankfurt Day of Transport History ", the Luminale , the Night of the Museums or special public trips, some with a special theme, such as the Nikolaus Express.

In addition to running the museum, the association serves to set up and maintain a local transport archive and, at the same time, the VGF corporate archive in accordance with the Hessian Archive Act . For this purpose, the company files of the VGF are transferred to the local transport archive and prepared for the Institute for City History .

Another important goal of the association is to bring together those interested in local transport. The association is based in the Eckenheim depot in Frankfurt-Eckenheim .

Light rail exhibition

For the 40th anniversary of the commencement of light rail operations in Frankfurt between the Hauptwache and Nordweststadt stations , an exhibition by Stadtwerke Frankfurt on the history of the Frankfurt Stadtbahn ("U-Bahn") was prepared in 2008. The exhibition was moved from the Konstablerwache station to the Kirchplatz station in Bockenheim and is open to the public during certain events.

The Transport Museum as an event location

  • The Frankfurt Transport Museum is the ideal place for events that are to take place in an extraordinary setting. Reasons for the museum are to build bridges to the topic of the museum, otherwise rather remote people and the development of additional sources of income for one's own work. The museum is primarily used for company parties.
  • The Transport Museum also takes part in the Night of the Museums , which takes place once a year at the end of April. A shuttle service with historic tram vehicles is also offered on this occasion.
  • During the Transport History Day, which takes place annually, the Transport Museum offers events in cooperation with the Historical Railway Frankfurt and the Frankfurt Feldbahnmuseum . The venues will also be connected with historic trams and buses.


Rail vehicles

All vehicles exhibited in the museum are visually in good condition, but are currently not operational. A number of vehicles can roll, but no vehicle may be operated on the tram network because the examination deadlines have expired. The long-term goal is to work together with the VGF to work on individual museum exhibits. An expansion of the west hall and the possible opening of another location in the city area are also planned for the long term.

Oldest surviving electric tram

Particularly noteworthy among the exhibited vehicles are the world's oldest surviving electric tram - railcar No. 8 from 1884 and the sidecar No. 13 of the Frankfurt-Offenbacher Trambahn-Gesellschaft . The electrical part of the railcar comes from Siemens & Halske , the mechanical part of the vehicles from the Herbrandt wagon factory . These vehicles are on loan from the Historisches Museum Frankfurt . They are set up under a replica of the slotted pipe contact line used at the time with a branching switch .

Formerly a low-floor sidecar

Revolutionary for its time is an early low-floor - sidecar , built in 1923 by the DÜWAG which imparts to the 1924 Frankfurt local railway provided (FLAG). The sidecar was used in suburban traffic on the interurban tram routes between Frankfurt and Oberursel and Bad Homburg . It was in operation until December 31, 1954. It was decommissioned because the BOStrab stipulated the new rail brakes at the time , but the new bogies required for this would have been too expensive.

First real light rail railcar

An important exhibit is the prototype of the world's first real rail -Triebwagens type U1 of DUEWAG . This six-axle light rail prototype was presented for the first time in 1965 at the International Transport Exhibition in Munich . Only two vehicles were built, which were largely based on the tram cars that had been delivered so far. The electronic control of the Simatic type and the possibility of coupling several railcars to form train sets were new . However, there was no series production. They were mainly used for driving school and test drives and only ran in regular service for a few years. They were shut down in 1976 because they were not compatible with the U2 light rail vehicles .

Note: The vehicle lists can be sorted . By clicking on a column header, the list is sorted according to this column; a second click reverses the sorting. Any desired combination can be achieved by clicking two columns in a row.

Construction year
Original operator
Horse-drawn tram 167 ° 1872 Herbrandt FTG West hall Horse tram Frankfurt Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
Railcar 8 ° 1884 Herbrandt / Siemens & Halske FOTG West hall FOTG railcar 8 01052009.JPG
Sidecar 13 ° 1884 Herbrandt FOTG West hall FOTG sidecar 13 01052009.JPG
Bn2t steam locomotive type Klb-L HOHEMARK 1900 Hagans (factory number 438) FLAG West hall Stadtwerke-Ffm Lok 2 Hohemark Schwanheim Page 30092007.JPG
B railcar 345 1907 Gastell Urban tram West hall SSF B345 Schwanheim.jpg
R railcar 15 1908 Werdau Offenbach tram West hall SSO R15 Schwanheim.jpg
V-railcar 400 1910 Uerdingen wagon factory Urban tram East hall V-car Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
V-sidecar 1396 1910 Uerdingen wagon factory Urban tram East hall V-sidecar Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
C-railcar 375 1913 Gastell / Talbot Urban tram West hall C-railcar 375 Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
C-sidecar 778 1913 Gastell / Talbot Urban tram West hall C-sidecar Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
D railcar 392 1914 Gastell Urban tram West hall D-railcar Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
D-sidecar 957 1914 Gastell Urban tram West hall D-sidecar Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
Low-floor sidecar 1300 1923 Uerdingen wagon factory Frankfurt local train East hall Low-floor sidecar 1300 Schwanheim 30092007.JPG
F railcar 411 1925 Uerdingen wagon factory Urban tram West hall F-railcar Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
F-sidecar 1508 1925 Uerdingen wagon factory Urban tram West hall F-sidecar Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
Snow plow 2329 1937 Main workshop Urban tram East hall Snow plow 2329 Schwanheim 30092007.JPG
H railcar 510 1939 West car Urban tram West hall Mk Frankfurt Tram Type H.jpg
H-sidecar 1559 1938 Uerdingen wagon factory Urban tram West hall H-sidecar Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
J-railcar 580 1947 Fox Urban tram East hall J-railcar Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
I-sidecar 1468 1946 Uerdingen wagon factory Ex Duisburg tram East hall I-sidecar Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
K-railcar 104
( association car )
1954 Credé Urban tram East hall K railcar 104 Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
K-railcar (driving school car) 2000 (ex. 125)
( association car )
1954 Credé , renovation of Stadtwerke Frankfurt am Main 1974 Urban tram West hall Driving school car 2000 central workshop 07061997.JPG
K sidecar 1725
( bandage car )
1955 Fox Urban tram Currently outsourced K sidecar 1725 Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
Ka sidecar 1684
( bandage car )
1953 Fuchs, renovation Düwag 1963 Urban tram East hall KA sidecar 1684 Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
L-railcar 236
( Duewag standard car T 4 )
1956 Düwag Urban tram East hall L-car 236 Schwanheim 21092008.JPG
L-sidecar 1219
( Duewag standard car B 4 )
1955 Düwag Urban tram Currently outsourced L-sidecar 1219 Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
U1 light rail car 1001 1965 Düwag Urban tram East hall U1 railcar Schwanheim 01052009.JPG

° Permanent loan from the Historisches Museum Frankfurt

Road vehicles

Construction year
Original operator
Auxiliary equipment trolley III 1951 Büssing 8000 R 10 / Metz Urban tram West hall Buessing auxiliary equipment trolley Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
City bus No. 302 1963 Büssing / Düwag GBS 165-1 Urban tram West hall Buessing GBS 165-1 Schwanheim 01052009.JPG
Trolleybus No. 55 1963 Büssing / Ludewig / Kiepe Offenbach am Main trolleybus West hall Verkehrsmuseum BüssingLudewigKiepe O-Bus 01052009.JPG
City bus no. 12 1964 Büssing Senator Urban tram West hall Büssing Omnibus, Frankfurt.jpg

Other old vehicles

In its current state, the museum does not offer any further parking spaces for further retired vehicles. These are currently not accessible to visitors at various VGF locations. Several of the open-plan cars that were decommissioned in 1995 have been preserved in working order. They are stationed in the Gutleut depot and can be hired for special trips. The structure of car 2 of the Homburg tram was rediscovered in 1986 in Neu-Anspach and is now part of the inventory of the Frankfurt Transport Museum. It is stored in the Neu-Isenburg depot.

Rail vehicles
Construction year
Original operator
Car 2 , without a chassis 1899 Broker Former Bad Homburg tram Neu-Isenburg car shed Car 2 of the former Homburg tram, 2015 Neu-Isenburg Wagenhalle.jpg
Akkulok 2020 1926 Maffei / Schwartzkopff Stadtwerke Frankfurt Wagenhalle Oberursel-Bommersheim Stadtwerke-Ffm Lok 2020 Bommersheim 2014.jpg
K railcar 476
( body car )
1951 Düwag Stadtwerke Frankfurt, property of the historic tram of the city of Frankfurt am Main Eckenheimer depot K-Wagen Intzestrasse 21092008.JPG
L-railcar 124 (ex 224)
( Duewag standard car T 4 )
1956 Düwag Stadtwerke Frankfurt Gutleut depot TdVG Rheinlandstrasse L + l.jpg
L-sidecar 1242
( Duewag standard car B 4 )
1956 Düwag Stadtwerke Frankfurt Gutleut depot L-sidecar 1224 Dieselstrasse 11072009.JPG
M-railcar 102 (ex 602)
( Duewag-Einheitwagen GT 6 )
1959 Düwag Stadtwerke Frankfurt Gutleut depot TdVG Harthweg M + m.jpg
M-sidecar 1804
( Duewag standard car B 4 )
1959 Düwag Stadtwerke Frankfurt Gutleut depot M-sidecar outside Schwanheim 01082009.JPG
N-powered railcar 112 (ex 812)
( Duewag standard car GT 8 )
1963 Düwag Stadtwerke Frankfurt Gutleut depot N-car 112 24092006.JPG
O-railcar 111 (ex 902)
( Duewag-standard car GT 8 Z )
1969 Düwag Stadtwerke Frankfurt Gutleut depot O-car 902 23032008.JPG
O-railcar 110 (ex 908)
( Duewag standard car GT 8 Z )
1969 Düwag Stadtwerke Frankfurt StZW VGF O-Wagen 110.JPG
Road vehicles
Construction year
Original operator
Standard bus 434 1979 Mercedes-Benz O 305 Stadtwerke Frankfurt Rebstock depot MB O305 Schwanheim 30092007.JPG

Other exhibits

In addition to the complete vehicles, various exhibits related to the operation of the vehicles can also be seen in the transport museum. Signal systems and various model tracks can also be seen on the open-air site between the two museum halls.


Web links

Commons : Verkehrsmuseum Frankfurt am Main  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Andreas Behrndt: The HSF - an association for Frankfurt's local transport history. VGF , July 6, 2016, accessed on July 10, 2016 .
  2. The Transport Museum as an event location (SWF file; 2.5 MB)
  3. Website of the night of the museums
  4. Information on the Day of Transport History 2010 on the Museum Association's website
  5. ^ Preserved locomotives from the Christian Hagans engineering works

Coordinates: 50 ° 4 ′ 56 "  N , 8 ° 34 ′ 53"  E