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Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH
Basic information
Company headquarters Herten
Web presence
Reference year December 31, 2017
owner 77% Recklinghausen district
12% Gelsenkirchen city
11% Bottrop city
Managing directors Martin Schmidt
Transport network VRR
Employee 994
thereof 33 trainees
bus 116
number of vehicles
Omnibuses 242 total
143 solo buses
78 articulated buses
2 diesel hybrid articulated buses
1 electric bus
Passengers 60,000,000 million per year
Mileage 19,000 million km per year
Stops > 3600
Catchment area 976 km²
Residents in the
catchment area
896 thousand
Length of line network
Bus routes 1 372  km
Old logo of the Vestische Tram

The Vestische streetcars GmbH (short Vestische ; own spelling Vestische ) operates as a transport company to public transport in the district of Recklinghausen , in the city of Bottrop and the northern part of the city of Gelsenkirchen . The name of the company is derived from the former Vest Recklinghausen .

Geographically, the area between Haltern am See and Herne and from Oberhausen to Dortmund- Mengede and Lünen- Brambauer is used. With about 976 km², this makes Vestische one of the largest transport companies in Germany in terms of the service area. It operates 116 bus routes with currently 242 vehicles that serve more than 3,600 stops. The mean distance between them is 509 meters.

Since June 2, 1988, only low-floor buses have been used. This made it the first company in Germany to fully equip the line offer with stepless vehicles, which are now standard for modern local transport companies.

Vestische has a workforce of 994 employees, including 33 trainees. The headquarters of the administration and the main depot are located in Herten ; another depot is in Bottrop.

The Vestische streetcars GmbH is since the beginning of 1980 a member of the transport association Rhein-Ruhr (VRR). As part of the Eastern Ruhr Area Cooperation (KÖR) , Vestische works together with the neighboring companies Bogestra (Bochum-Gelsenkirchener Straßenbahnen AG), DSW21 (Dortmunder Stadtwerke AG), HCR (Tram Herne-Castrop-Rauxel GmbH) and Ruhrbahn .


The administration of Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH in Herten-Scherlebeck
Service area of ​​the Vestische Straßenbahn GmbH

The beginnings

The beginnings of local passenger transport in the Ruhr area can be traced back to the end of the 19th century . While the Emscher-Lippe region was still used almost exclusively for agriculture until 1840, it experienced an economic boom with the onset of industrialization .

The settlement of the large mines in the southern and northern Emscher zone was followed by a real population explosion : While only 275,000 inhabitants were counted in the Ruhr area in 1820, the population increased to 3½ million by 1910. From 1888 onwards, a horse-drawn bus was used on the Recklinghausen - Herten route four times a day , but capacity was far exceeded due to the increased population density. There were hardly any other transport alternatives. One was on foot or by bike . Very few could afford horses or even carriages. The Wanne - Recklinghausen - Münster railway line had existed since January 1, 1870, but it was too wide-meshed for daily use.

The starting shot for Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH was given with the endeavor to replace the horse-drawn bus route with an electric tram connection. At the initiative of the Recklinghausen district, under the leadership of its district administrator, a partnership agreement was concluded on June 12 and 26, 1899 , regulating the participation of interested municipal associations in the financing of the planned tram route. The proportions of the costs were determined as follows: Herten 24%, Recklinghausen district 18%, Recklinghausen city 17%, Recklinghausen-Land 17% Wanne 17% and Crange 7%. The Vesti streetcars GmbH relies on 10 May 1901. The start of its operation, with the first course on the line Recklinghausen - Herten - tub.

Operations began with ten powered rail vehicles and seven sidecars and 60 employees. The depot was built in Herten on Clemensstrasse and, in addition to the wagon hall, also included the forge, the warehouse, the carpentry, the security office, as well as a washroom and a work room for the workers. The first car had 18 longitudinal seats. The vehicle staff included the driver, as well as a conductor who was responsible for validating the tickets and signaled to the driver via a bell attached to a leather strap on the long side of the car that the journey was to be continued, the stop or an emergency. At that time the fare was five pfennigs per section. The main task of the tram was to transport workers to their workplaces.

In the years that followed, up to 1909, the line network of Recklinghausen trams, as the company has called itself since 1908, grew more and more. Sections were built or taken over by other companies. A second depot in Bottrop was opened on May 9, 1909 on Gladbecker Strasse. In addition to the original equipment, 17 multiple units and eleven sidecars were procured for the new lines . In 1909 the Herten-Recklinghausen network had a route length of 31.4 km, the Bottrop network over 18.34 km. These were administered by a directorate in Bottrop and a directorate in Herten. On April 1, 1913, both directorates were finally merged in Herten. In the same year, line designations were introduced to simplify matters, with the Herten network being assigned digits, while the Bottrop network was given letters. The individual sections were connected to form continuous lines.

Exit of the former depot in Gelsenkirchen-Buer
The former depot of the Vestische trams in Recklinghausen

Route plan from the beginning of May 1914

line route
1 Wanne - Herten - Recklinghausen - Erkenschwick - Datteln
2 Herten - Buer
3 Recklinghausen - Suderwich - Henrichenburg - Datteln
A. Gladbeck - Bottrop - Osterfeld
B. Gladbeck - Horst
C. Boy - Bottrop Horse Market - Prosper II.

First World War

In 1914 there were significant restrictions on mileage, as many employees took up military service . Because of the lack of male staff, women were also employed in the company for the first time. At first you took over the duties of the conductor. During this time, the goods traffic began , which was carried out until 1924. The annual amount of goods carried was between 5000 and 6000 tons. Three electric locomotives were purchased for this purpose. In addition, a steam locomotive and a benzene locomotive were used for freight transport. Regardless of the events of the war, further tram lines were put into operation in the years 1916–1918.

On May 21, 1915, a partnership agreement was signed in which 24 municipal associations were involved. The share capital was set at 1.707 million marks. The shareholders were the city and district of Recklinghausen, the city district of Buer, the communities of the district of Recklinghausen and the communities of Wanne. Vestische Kleinbahnen GmbH was chosen as the name , with which the spatial reference and the purpose of the company were clearly defined.


Since October 1920, the Vestische Kleinbahnen has been running omnibuses . At that time the buses were more like a motorized carriage , had ten seats and six standing places. Two lines were put into operation: the Schalke-Buer-Gladbeck route, where the bus pioneered the tram route, and the Herten-Marl route via Langenbochum, Westerholt, Buer, Hassel and Polsum. However, this line had to be discontinued after a month due to a lack of profitability .

On June 2, 1923, the operation of the tram Herne-Baukau-Recklinghausen was taken over by the Vestische Kleinbahnen GmbH . With the expansion of the line network and the purchase of the Recklinghausen - Röllinghausen line, which is still owned by the city of Recklinghausen, the district's funds were exhausted. In order to be able to complete the routes that were already under construction, the management decided in 1927 to borrow dollars . US $ 1,750,000 from Foreign Trade Securities Co. New York was supposed to help keep operations going. The entry of a security mortgage in the basic railway manual in favor of Deutsche Landesbank-Zentrale AG Berlin as the German trustee served as security . The Vestische Kleinbahnen had grown to 226.7 km by the end of 1934, the route length to 185.8 km. Between 8.9 million (1938) and 17.1 million (1933) passengers were carried on this network.

The tram Herne-Baukau-Recklinghausen passed on October 28, 1939 into the possession of the Vestische Kleinbahnen GmbH . The 80 employees were also taken over. The route between Buer and Schalke and in Horst was sold to Bogestra on August 15, 1939. An attempt to get the Buer to Horst route in return did not succeed. In 1939 the Reichsbahn approved the laying of tracks over the level crossing in Gladbeck, but without overhead lines. So you no longer had to rely on transporting wagons over the Bogestra network. Between March and May 1939, 3.3 km of track were laid on the site of the chemical works in Hüls .

The old market in Bottrop in the 1940s

At this time, some joint lines were also operated with the neighboring companies. With the Oberhausen trams there were two lines from Bottrop. They also shared a line with the Westphalian tram . So, together with the Bogestra, two lines were traveled from Gladbeck to Gelsenkirchen and one line from Recklinghausen via Marl to Gelsenkirchen.

Second World War

Since the beginning of the war, transport services - not least because of the new route to the chemical works - had risen considerably, from 20.4 million people in 1939 to 62 million people in 1943. The workforce also increased significantly in 1939. But because of the lack of male staff, more and more women had to be used. In 1944, 670 of the 1,450 employees were women.

On February 7, 1940, Vestische Kleinbahnen GmbH changed its name in order to more clearly express the purpose and task of the company; it became Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH . In 1941, as was customary in World War II , the company began operating public goods . First of all, it was necessary to secure the food supply. In the last two years of the war, building materials of all kinds had to be brought into the city centers, primarily for building bunkers . Because of this, tracks were important military targets in wartime. The bombing raids that began in May 1940 and bad weather conditions led to serious damage to the track network, which had to be repaired by additional track construction columns.

Destroyed tram of the Vestischen in Gladbeck during the Second World War

Only when the front drew nearer in 1945 did traffic come to a complete standstill for a month on March 27, 1945. At the end of 1945 only 52 railcars and 42 sidecars were still operational. For the time being, 63 railcars and twelve sidecars remained out of service. Almost all ready-to-drive omnibuses had to be made available to the Wehrmacht and were lost in the final years of the war.

1945 to the late 1950s

On April 10, 1945, the military government instructed the management of Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH to resume traffic as soon as possible. Many men had become prisoners of war. The men returning home were preferably sent by the labor office to the mines that urgently needed workers. At Vestischen , 64 employees had not returned from captivity by the end of 1946. Women were used in their place in the conductors' service. The first sections that were used again on April 28, 1945 were the lines Herten - Segensberg, Herten - Langenbochum and Recklinghausen - Erkenschwick. By July 1, 1953, all 23 lines were back in service. In 1950, 190 km of routes were used, making the Vestische one of the largest tram operators in Germany. In September 1953, the tram network of Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH had its greatest expansion. After 1953, tram lines were increasingly replaced by bus lines.

The old market in Bottrop in the 1950s

In 1962 the number of passengers was around 61.5 million. Despite the high number of journeys, the Vestische was forced to take rationalization measures. The income from the sale of tickets barely covered the expenses that increased due to rising material prices and wage increases. The driver should take over the duties of the conductor in the future. Initially, this system was tried out on an hourly basis on less frequented bus routes. In the meantime, due to the labor shortage resulting from the war, the company decided to take women back into the company as short-duty conductors. In addition, conductors under the age of 21 were hired. But the biggest problem was the increasing individual traffic in the mid-1960s. While there were only two million registered cars in 1950 , the number rose to 12.1 million by 1965. In addition to the car driver, colleagues who were taken to work were no longer customers. Vestische wanted to counteract this problem with an improved traffic situation, more modern vehicles and additional service by setting up passenger shelters in 1959.

Without a tram since 1982

From 1956 there was initially only a few isolated tram lines, which were strengthened from 1960. In June 1976, at the request of the management, an expert opinion came to the conclusion that the bus company exceeded the transport capacity and was economically superior to the tram. An economical tram operation would only have been possible in the first half of the 20th century, since at that time the railway was the only alternative to horse-drawn carts and bicycles . A tram only pays off in large metropolises with a high number of passengers. Omnibuses are more economical, more flexible (because they are not tied to rails) and at the same time just as passenger-friendly. The report therefore recommended a complete conversion of operations to bus transport over a period of six years.

These tram lines operated in November 1975:

Magirus-Deutz SH110 of the Vestische trams from the 1970s (historical photo)
line Line route
8th Recklinghausen Hbf. - Herne - Bochum - Hattingen Reschop
10 Marl-Sinsen station - Recklinghausen Hbf. - Herten - Buer - Gladbeck Lambertistraße
11 Recklinghausen Hbf. - Herten - Buer - Polsum memorial
17th Bottrop Horse Market - Gladbeck Lambertistraße - Gelsenkirchen-Horst, Essener Straße
18th Recklinghausen Hbf. - Herne - Bochum Hbf - Bochum-Dahlhausen

The tram operation was stopped on October 3, 1982 with the abandonment of the last section of the Recklinghausen Hbf. - Herne train station of the joint line 305 (Vestische and Bogestra). The remaining vehicles were sold to the transport company in Lille . (Only the railcar 380 was rescued on the initiative of a private person and first got to Schwerte (Schwerter Museumsstraßenbahn eV) and later (1997) to the Emschertal Museum in Herne-Wanne-Eickel.) There it was scrapped in 2016. Since then the Vestische has been a pure bus company. In the course of the operational change, the now superfluous overhead lines and tracks were removed. Instead of the many small depots that were necessary for tram traffic, the company had two new depots built in Bottrop and Herten. The depot in Bottrop was inaugurated on July 30, 1978. The Herten depot celebrated its reopening on October 3, 1982. The main workshop and administration are also located on this site.

In order to make local public transport more affordable and more passenger-friendly, 19 municipal transport companies - including Vestische and Deutsche Bahn AG - merged to form the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association (VRR). The sole shareholder of this institution is the Zweckverband Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr , to which 19 independent cities and five districts belong. The Vestische serves the northernmost and largest area of ​​the VRR. Since then, the transport association has determined the tariff zones, determines the fares and distributes the income. In the area served by the VRR, a network of public transport was offered to more than 7.5 million residents, with uniform tariffs and conditions of transport, uniform distribution systems and coordinated timetables

The tram routes operated by Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH from 1901 to 19760
route Installation Length at commissioning in km
1. Recklinghausen - Herten - Wanne-Eickel May 10, 1901 12.8
2. Herten - Katzenbusch - Hochlarmark April 1, 1927 3.7
3. Recklinghausen - Langenbochum - Herten December 23, 1915 5.89
4. Recklinghausen - Marl - Dorsten August 29, 1915 8.7
5. Marl - Brassert September 1, 1918 1.8
6. Marl - Chemical Works / Hüls March 1, 1928 3.6
7. Recklinghausen - Sinsen - Hüls May 27, 1914 8.89
8. Recklinghausen - Nordcharweg July 10, 1950 0.89
9. Recklinghausen - Erkenschwick - dates December 15, 1909 5.75
10. Recklinghausen - Suderwich - Datteln April 7, 1909 5.25
11. Meckighoven - Waltrop - Brambauer December 23, 1924 5.9
12. Recklinghausen - Herne February 26, 1898 9.08
13. Recklinghausen-Süd - Röllinghausen August 30, 1914 2.77
14. Recklinghausen - Hochlarmark - Recklinghausen-Süd February 15, 1934 8.01
15. Buer-Rathaus - Sutum December 18, 1927 4.78
16. Buer-Rathaus - Resse - Herten August 24, 1916 3.55
17. Resse - Alder-Middelich May 1, 1908 2.71
18. Buer - Westerholt -Resser way April 19, 1927 3.2
19. Buer - Hassel - Polsum - Marl December 23, 1915 2.08
20. Buer - Scholven - Gladbeck July 13, 1920 3.18
21. Buer - Gladbeck-Ost March 1, 1925 4.38
22. Gap at Gladbeck Ost train station
Temporary connection (level crossing)

approx. 1939/45
23. Gladbeck - Horst September 2, 1909 4.08
24. Gladbeck - Kirchhellen July 15, 1909 1.56
25. Gladbeck - Zweckel August 23, 1929 2.25
26. Gladbeck - Bottrop - Osterfeld May 28, 1909 8.45
27. Bottrop - Sterkrade October 1, 1927 4.72
28. Bottrop - Prosper II Late 1913 1.83
29. Bottrop - Horst May 29, 1913 3.83


Bus from Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH in the KÖR design

The company currently has 165 buses, previously 230 (until December 25, 2011), as 68 vehicles were destroyed in a fire at the Bottrop depot . By December 2011, 160 standard public service buses, 67 articulated buses , 2 hydrogen hybrid buses and 2 diesel hybrid articulated buses were available. All buses together have an annual consumption of seven million liters of diesel fuel. The diesel engines in public buses built in 2007 achieve the Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle (EEV) emissions level. Half of the bus fleet runs with Euro 4 engines.

The entire bus fleet is low-floor vehicles . In particular, they enable passengers with disabilities, strollers, luggage and the elderly to get on and off more comfortably.

As a member of the Eastern Ruhr Area Cooperation (KÖR), Vestische procures its buses together with the transport company Bogestra, DSW21, HCR, Ruhrbahn and the railways of the city of Monheim .

The vehicles of the Vestische today come from the bus manufacturers Solaris , Neoplan , Mercedes-Benz and MAN . Until the early 1980s, the bus fleet consisted almost exclusively of the makes Büssing , Magirus-Deutz and MAN.

Bus types

The standard line buses are one of the Vestische bus types. They are 12 meters long and contain 34 seats and 58 standing places. The 18-meter-long articulated buses were first purchased in January 1978. These buses can be recognized by the bellows , the "accordion". Due to their large amount of space (up to 50 seats, 95 standing places), articulated buses are used particularly on highly frequented routes. Vestische has been using two midi hydrogen hybrid buses in regular service since May 2009. These buses are operated by a fuel cell and are therefore pollution-free and quiet. From September 2011, two diesel hybrid articulated buses from the manufacturer Solaris will be used on heavily frequented self-service routes. In addition to the primary diesel unit , the 18-meter-long hybrid buses also have an 85 kW electric motor , which primarily provides energy for starting and accelerating. This is fed by the capacitors (so-called ultracaps ) attached to the roof . The practical use of diesel hybrid buses is part of a project to promote alternative drive technology, which is coordinated and financed by the VRR.

Until October 19, 2014 the tetrahedron was also approached by midi hydrogen hybrid buses, but this traffic was canceled because the EU funds were no longer available.

Bus route types

The Vestische uses different bus routes for the service area. This includes:


They connect parts of the city with one another and have a high quality of development.

Fast buses

SchnellBus (SB) connect cities with each other on direct routes, mostly stopping at selected stops.

SB 16 Bottrop-Kirchhellen - Bottrop ZOB Berliner Platz - Bottrop Hbf. - Essen Hbf
SB 20 Recklinghausen Hbf. - Recklinghausen Süd - Herne train station.
SB 22 Datteln bus station - Castrop-Rauxel-Henrichenburg - Castrop-Rauxel Hbf.
SB 24 Recklinghausen Hbf. - Oer-Erkenschwick - Datteln bus station - Waltrop - Dortmund-Mengede train station.
SB 25 Recklinghausen Hbf. - Marl Mitte - Dorsten ZOB
SB 26 Dorsten ZOB - Dorsten-Wulfen - Barkenberg - Marl-Brassert - Marl Mitte
SB 27 Marl Mitte - Herten-Langenbochum - Herten Mitte - Ewald 1/2 mine - Wanne-Eickel Hbf.
SB 36 Bottrop-Kirchhellen - Gladbeck West train station - Gladbeck Mitte - Gelsenkirchen-Horst - Gelsenkirchen Hbf.
SB 49 GE-Buer Rathaus - GE-Resse - Herten Mitte - Recklinghausen Hbf.
SB 91 Oberhausen Bero-Zentrum - Oberhausen Hbf. - Oberhausen-Osterfeld Süd train station - Bottrop ZOB Berliner Platz - Gladbeck Goetheplatz - Gelsenkirchen-Buer Rathaus

Night Express

NachtExpress -Linien (NE) operate every hour on the nights from Friday to Saturday, Saturday to Sunday and before public holidays. The NachtExpress buses run in a star shape from the center of Recklinghausen to the districts and neighboring cities, connect Ostvest with Dortmund and link the cities of the district with each other and with Gelsenkirchen, Herne, Bottrop and Oberhausen.

Taxi buses

TaxiBus (TB) operate according to a fixed timetable and a fixed route, but only if the request for a trip is reported by telephone at least 30 minutes before departure. The taxi buses run on secondary routes and in the off-peak periods .


Call and collect taxis (AST) operate according to the same principle as taxi buses, but these taxis may bring the passenger to the front door if it is within 300-400 meters (only for getting off). Special tariff regulations apply to Call-Collective Taxis.

Bicycle bus

In the summer months, Vestische used the 200 cycle bus on Sundays and public holidays. The FahrradBus consisted of a regular bus and a trailer on which up to 16 bicycles could be placed. The route led from Castrop-Rauxel via Datteln to Haltern am See. This line has been discontinued since the 2013 season.

Tariff and ticket system

The tariff system of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) applies to Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH . The various subscription tickets are geared towards specific target groups. In the urban areas of Datteln, Haltern am See, Oer-Erkenschwick and Waltrop, the Westphalian tariff also applies in the transition to the Münsterland . Passengers can obtain single tickets from the customer center, private sales outlets and from the drivers.


Customer Center

The company operates six customer centers in the service area for passengers. With the electronic timetable information system EFA, these enable quick information about the available bus and train connections. To do this, EFA combed the timetables of the Vestische, the other local transport companies in the VRR and the Deutsche Bahn. The sales network also includes private sales outlets (lottery acceptance points, citizens' offices, etc.) for information and advance ticket sales.

The CustomerCenters are responsible for providing information on timetables, fares and increased transport charges, the sale of city timetables, tickets and shop items, the exchange of tickets and the refund of fares, as well as processing inquiries, praise, criticism and subscription matters.

Other services


Infobuses offer the same services as the customer center. They are used at major events (opening of the Ruhr Festival, Cranger Kirmes, etc.). They are also located in places where a customer center cannot be operated for economic reasons.

Hold on request

From 8 p.m. it is possible to get off between two stops. This offer was introduced in the mid-1990s.

Bus routes

KÖR - Cooperation Eastern Ruhr Area

Logo of the cooperation eastern Ruhr area

Since 1999, Vestische has been working together with the transport company Bochum-Gelsenkirchener Straßenbahnen AG (BOGESTRA), Dortmunder Stadtwerke AG (DSW21) and the Herne-Castrop-Rauxel tram (HCR) as part of the cooperation for the Eastern Ruhr Area KÖR . The aim of this cooperation is to offer passengers a more uniform service. By working together in the KÖR, the partner companies can exchange ideas about common goals. In 2000 the railways of the city of Monheim were added , in 2017 the Ennepe-Ruhr transport company , in 2019 the Hagener Straßenbahn AG and in 2020 the Ruhrbahn .

The partner companies have been buying buses of the same type together since 2000. By purchasing larger numbers, price advantages can be achieved. In addition, the structurally identical buses have the advantage that drivers from other companies can help out in the event of bottlenecks or overcapacity. With the design of the buses in the NRW state colors green-white-red, the KÖR members agreed on a uniform design.

By using the same vehicle type, the respective workshops of the KÖR partners carry out accident repairs and saddlery work on each other. Costs could also be avoided by reducing third-party orders for special requests. In addition, there is a common storage facility.

With a joint website, the four local transport companies have been offering a mobility portal for customers since March 2001. On the Internet site, passengers can find out about timetables, obtain current timetable information or print out the ticket at home.

In the area of customer service and the security system , measures should be taken for the approximately 340 million passengers to increase the convenience of local public transport and increase the customer's feeling of security. Realized projects are video protection as a preventive measure against pollution and vandalism and the controlled front entry of passengers in order to prevent fare dodging and pollution.


Bus school

Since 1997, a school class has been looked after every school day on the Vestischen premises. The offer free of charge for schools is aimed at the first to fifth grade and is carried out according to age. Safe and social behavior when using public transport, primarily in school traffic, is the aim of the bus school project. In November 1997, the Federal Ministry of Transport recognized the bus school as the winner in the “Bus and Rail” category in a Germany-wide ADAC competition .

Phantom stops

The Vestische streetcars GmbH supports the establishment of so-called phantom stops . These look like normal bus stops, but a bus will never stop at these stops. Because a phantom stop is primarily a therapeutic measure for patients suffering from dementia . A characteristic of this condition is that the short-term memory hardly works, while the long-term memory is active for longer. Many of the people suffering from this disease are therefore driven by things that had to be done in the past, e.g. B. to pick up the children from the bus - there is an enormous urge to move. The phantom stop is therefore intended to serve as a “bridge” by helping the patient to orientate themselves to something familiar.

In addition to two phantom stops in Bottrop, the Vestische also donated stops in Dorsten, Haltern am See, Gladbeck and Datteln. Upon request, the company will provide interested institutions with stop masts, signage and customized timetables.


Year 2006 Year 2007 Year 2008 Year 2009 Year 2010 Year 2016 Year 2017
Total passengers thou. 64,914 66.151 65.006 63,511 62.906 60,564 59,641
Operating performance th. 19,317 18,800 18,489 18,546 19,083 k. A. k. A.
Number of employees 1.007 977 997 987 981 1,023 994
Sales T € 44,878 45,966 46,403 47,624 48,086 56,820 58.010

The figures are taken from press releases and the official annual reports.


  • Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH, Herten / Westf .: Chronicle 1901–1976 (manuscript Rolf Löttgers and Wolfgang R. Reimann ), without location information 1976.
  • Klaus Oehlert-Schellberg: The Vestische trams. Kenning Verlag, Nordhorn 1995, ISBN 3-927587-49-4 .
  • Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH (Ed.): On line. Mobility, people and more - 100 years of Vestische. Klartext, Essen 2001.
  • Manfred Köhler: In vain modernization; Memories of the "Vestische". In: Straßenbahn-Magazin , December 2007 pp. 14–22.
  • Ralph Bernatz: The Seven. With the Vestischen from Recklinghausen to Herten - a journey through pictures. Herten 2010.
  • Ralph Bernatz: The one. The history of the Recklinghausen - Herten - Wanne tram. Trunk line of the Vestic. Herten 2012.
  • Ralph Bernatz, Klaus Giesen: The Ten. With the tram from east to west - across the vest. Herten 2014.
  • Klaus Giesen: On rails to the shift - The history of the tram in Bottrop, Gladbeck and Kirchhellen. Bottrop 2016.
  • Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH (Ed.): About us . July 2011.
  • Frehner Consulting GmbH Germany (Ed.): Vestische - We drive line . Herten (winter 2005/2006).
  • Dieter Höltge: Trams and light rail vehicles in Germany , Volume 4: Ruhr area of ​​Dortmund and Duisburg. EK-Verlag, Freiburg 1994, ISBN 3-88255-334-0 .
  • Michael Schenk: Trams in the eastern Ruhr area. The Vestic Trams. Sutton-Verlag 2004, ISBN 3-89702-684-8 , pp. 93-114.
  • The vestibule. Legendary tram between Lippe and Emscher 1901–1982. In: Tram Magazin Spezial No. 25, 2013, ISBN 978-3-86245-255-2 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH (ed.): Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH - Chronicle 1901–1976. Herten, May 1976.
  2. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Vestische Straßenbahnen GmbH (Ed.): On line. Mobility, people and more - 100 years of Vestische. Klartext, Essen 2001.
  3. a b Dieter Höltge: Tram and light rail in Germany. Volume 4: Ruhr area from Dortmund to Duisburg. EK-Verlag, ISBN 3-88255-334-0 .
  4. ( Memento from March 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  6. ↑ back then in
  7. ( Memento of August 20, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) The railways of the city of Monheim are cooperating KÖR partners (accessed on December 31, 2009)
  8. Diesel hybrid buses go on tour . WAZ NewMedia GmbH & Co. KG website, accessed on August 30, 2011.
  9. ^ KundenCenter-Recklinghausen ( Memento from September 28, 2011 in the Internet Archive ). Vestischen Straßenbahnen GmbH website, accessed on August 22, 2011.
  10. ^ So lines are lines of the Gladbeck Sunday network, which the Vestische introduced on May 29, 1994.
  11. ^ Cooperation Eastern Ruhr Area Website of Bogestra AG, accessed on August 18, 2011.
  12. Website , accessed on September 23, 2019
  13. Frehner Consulting GmbH Germany (ed.): Vestische - We drive line. Herten winter 2005/2006.
  14. Waiting for a bus that never comes . WAZ NewMedia GmbH & Co. KG website, accessed on September 27, 2011.
  15. Vestische Wie über uns 2016. Retrieved May 11, 2019 .
  16. Vestische Wir über uns 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2019 .