Next stop: Open Air Museum!

Tramevenement 2017 in het Openluchtmuseum

Next stop: Open Air Museum!

On 17 and 18 June the Netherlands Open Air Museum will be throwing the spotlight on historic urban and regional transport. 4 April 2016 was the twentieth anniversary of the first historic tram journey around the museum park in Arnhem. Today no fewer than five motorised trams and an articulated tram from Rotterdam, The Hague and Arnhem, as well as a rail cleaner from Amsterdam, operate in the museum park. Every day the museum therefore offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the history of passenger transport in our country – an unforgettable experience. 

Over the weekend of 18 and 19 June there will be plenty to see, do and experience for young and old alike on the theme of historic urban and regional transport. Historic buses and trams will be visiting the museum. There will be exhibitions of unique model tramways and information stands for enthusiasts. We will also be organising all kinds of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Special guests
This year the famous 'blue tram' of the North and South Holland Tram Company (NZH) will be visiting the museum, along with the A106, A327 and the C32 goods tram. The A327, which dates from 1913, made its first appearance at the Open Air Museum in the 1996 season. It also paid a visit to mark the tenth anniversary of the Arnhem museum tram in 2006. The C32 goods tram and the T-Ford delivery van owned by the company Van Gend & Loos were used to transport packages.

An NZH 'bolramer' bus, the vehicle that succeeded the tram, will also be in attendance. Thanks to the support of a number of museum bus organisations, various historic buses will be on display in the museum park. In some cases visitors will be able to step inside these vehicles and enjoy a tour of the park. 

Model tramways
In the tram depot, the Van Gend & Loos goods shed and on the threshing floor of the Midlum farmhouse a number of renowned model makers will be showing off their unique model trams and tramways. These include the 'Helluf van Elluf', a wonderful model recreating line 11 at Conradkade in The Hague in the 1950s. Visitors can also watch a model Rotterdam Tram Company (RTM) tram crossing the Spijkenisse bridge and a Gelderland Tramways (GTW) steam tram lumbering along the IJsselkade in Zutphen.

Non-commercial and commercial partners will be on hand to provide enthusiasts with information on trams in the Netherlands past and present. Books, DVDs, kits and gadgets will also be available to buy – perfect for Father's Day!