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TPG - Geneva
Trolleybuses & Trams


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This page is devoted to postcards and photographs of Geneva tramways and trolleybuses.

The Geneva tramway network (French: Réseau tramway de Genève) is a network of tramways forming the core element of the public transport system in Geneva, Switzerland. It is operated by Transports Publics Genevois (TPG), and is supplemented by the Geneva trolleybus system and numerous motor bus routes.

Opened in 1862, the network had grown sufficiently by 1920 to be the largest in Europe. However, by 1960 it had contracted to just one line - Route 12. A popular initiative demanding the nationalization of the CGTE was then adopted, and on 1 January 1977 the tram/bus operations were transformed into the TPG, an autonomous Régie of the canton of Geneva. New trams were acquired to replace the aging Swiss Standard cars dating back to the 1940s. Since 1995, the system has been greatly expanded. It presently has four tram lines, and further expansions are planned.



 

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TPG - Geneva
Trolleybuses & Trams


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Swiss Standard Trams - Ce4/4

The Swiss 'Standard' tram was designed in Zürich to replace their large fleet of two-axle cars. It was influenced by best practice in PCC, Milano 'Peter Witt' cars and the latest Oslo cars. Brown Boveri et Cie (BBC) built the first prototype as Zürich 351 in 1939. The second prototype 401 from Schweizerische Waggon und Aufzügfabrik, Schlieren (SWS) followed in 1940 - this was a lighter tram than 351. They set the pattern for almost all modern bogie trams built for service in western Europe. Orders were placed for both designs of tram, becoming 1351-1415 and 1501-1552 after the 1945 Zürich renumbering. The last lightweight car 1549 lasted until 1987 and the last heavy cars remained until 1998. Lightweight and heavyweight single-ended cars were offered to other operators plus an intermediate double-ended car. Geneva had cars 701-730 which were heavyweight cars designed to pull trailers. Lightweight trailers were supplied to run with them.

Ce4/4 Tram 705
Swiss heavyweight standard tram 705 with lightweight trailer 308
Photo: ©1985 Ian Boyle

Swiss Standard Tram - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: ©1985 Ian Boyle





Ce4/4 Tram 707
Swiss heavyweight standard tram 707
Photo: ©1985 Ian Boyle

Swiss Standard Tram - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: ©1985 Ian Boyle





Ce4/4 Tram 711
Swiss heavyweight standard tram 711 with lightweight trailer 324
Photo: ©1985 Ian Boyle

Swiss Standard Tram - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: ©1985 Ian BoyleSwiss Standard Tram - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: ©1985 Ian Boyle





Ce4/4 Tram 713
Swiss heavyweight standard tram 711 with lightweight trailer 324
Photo: ©1985 Ian Boyle

Geneva Tram 713 - Photo:   Ian Boyle, August 1986 - www.simplonpc.co.uk





Ce4/4 Tram 716
Swiss heavyweight standard tram 716
Photo: ©1988 Ian Boyle

Swiss Standard Tram - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: ©1985 Ian Boyle





Ce4/4 Tram 722
Swiss standard tram 722 with trailer 306 on route 12
Photo: © Ian Boyle, August 1985

Geneva Tram 722 - Photo:   Ian Boyle, August 1986 - www.simplonpc.co.uk








ACMV/Düwag/BBC 'DAV' Trams - Be4/6

By 1960 the Geneva tram system consisted of just route 12 and the future for trams in in Geneva looked bleak. However policies changed, the trams were retained and extensions were planned. New trams were required and these were acquired from Ateliers de Constructions Mécaniques de Vevey (ACMV) in Villeneuve, Vaud, in collaboration with Düwag and BBC/ABB. The prototype Be4/6 tram no. 741 (later renumbered 801) joined the TPG fleet in 1984. 45 production trams 802-846 were delivered between 1987-1989 allowing all Standard cars to be withdrawn. The colloquial expression 'DAV', which is used to denote these vehicles, is an acronym for Düwag - Ateliers de Vevey.

Be4/6 Tram 805
Swiss 'DAV' tram Be4/6 805
Photo: ©1988 Ian Boyle

Swiss DAV Be4/6 Tram - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: ©1985 Ian Boyle





Be4/6 Tram 814
Swiss 'DAV' tram Be4/6 805
Photo: ©1988 Ian Boyle

Swiss DAV Be4/6 Tram - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: ©1985 Ian BoyleSwiss DAV Be4/6 Tram - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: ©1985 Ian Boyle
























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