The museum tramway opened its first public season in 1975. Back then, the line extende only as far as the Ringroad A10, about 1,5 kilometres long.
During the following years the organiation grew and the line was gradually expanded making use of a disbandoned former railway line. The line has now its final destination (Bovenkerk village) and full length, a good 7 kilometres and that compares to an avarage tram line in the city of Amsterdam.
Our trams travel over the former Haarlemmermeer railway line along the edge of the Amsterdam Forest, the largest recreational area in Amsterdam (and Amstelveen too). Several tramstops bring you right to the forrest, where several attractions can be visited by foot.
We have trams from different European cities, such as: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen, Utrecht, Vienna and Prague. They were built between approximately 1910 and 1960.
The Amsterdam Tramway museum consists of the EMA foundation, that runs the tramway and is responsible for the operations and maintenance.
For the museum aspects, the ′political′ decision-making and being the home for all volunteers we have Rijdend Electrisch Tram Museum (RETM) society.
The guards, drivers, traffic controllers, permanent-way members, shop personnel, restoration specialists and maintenance specialists are all volunteers.
Everything that you experience during your tramride is a result of countless hours of hard work by these dedicated volunteers.