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Tram

On-board Photo, Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm in common with many other cities has made small additions to its tram network in recent years. Much of Stockholm's original tram network became obsolete when the T-Bana was expanded in the 1940s and 1950s, and it was largely shut down when Sweden switched from driving on the left side of the road to the right side in 1967. The most obvious addition is the extension of trams to Serels Torg in the central city

The Djurgården Line (line 7) was a heritage tramway running between Norrmalmstorg and Waldemarsudde. It was restored as a heritage tram line in June 1991 and operated on a non-profit basis by members of the Swedish Tramway Society . This was extremely popular with visitors because the line served the Nordic Museum, Vasa Museum, Skansen, Maritime Museum and other attractions. In August 2010, just before our visit, under the Spårväg City project, line 7 began regular service with new Flexity Classic trams, and the route was extended from Norrmalmstorg to Sergels Torg. We rode this line and found it very popular with both locals and tourists.

There are several other tram or light rail lines in the city but unfortunately we couldn’t ride on all of them. Route 12 was the only line that survived the abandonment of Stockholm's tram system in 1967. This line still provides regular service to the residents of Nockeby. Route 21 (the Lidingö line) is actually a railway, but it's operated with trams, so we can include it here. Route 22, the Cross-Connector, runs outside of central Stockholm, connecting several major transfer points.

Then there are the various light rail systems in the Stockholm suburbs. The Roslagsbanan system (L27, L28, L29) is a 891mm gauge suburban network, opened in 1888 and electrified in 1895, leaving next to Tekniska Högskolan station and serving the Täby area northeast of Stockholm. Nockebybanan (L12) is the last of the former rapid tram lines, now operated with modern rolling stock. There is a cross-platform interchange with the T-bana at Alvik. The Lidingöbanan (L21) is a single-track light rail line linking the southern part of Lidingö Island to Ropsten station.

Tvärbanan (L22) is a new kind of circular light rail line, which opened in June 2000 from Gullmarsplan to Alvik (9.4 km). In 2002, it was extended towards the east to Hammarby Sjöstad and Sickla Udde on the eastern side of the Sickla canal. Finally there is Hissbanan, a rubber-tired funicular linking Liljeholmen metro station to the Nybohov neighbourhood.

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