FMTM // GTG
Friends of the Munich Tramway Museum
In order to achieve our aim to set up a Munich tram museum we began almost from the start to work with organizations with the same or a similar target. In 1990 it led to an union with the Munich Society for Tram History (GTG). In addition we have good contacts with the Bus-Club Munich.
|(~55 kB)||Parade of trams at depot 3|
|(~52 kB)||Transport of the two trams from Hanover to Munich|
Besides the conservation of these cars of our own, our society is in charge of all the other vintage tram vehicles on behalf of the Munich transport services. In this way the society was given the task of restoring the trailer 1351 (built in 1929, taken out of service in 1972) to working condition. Because the restoration included a technical and optical overhaul, it was necessary to dismantle the car down to the frame. Until now thousands of hours were achieved by our workshop staff.
In February 1996 the overhaul of the Mm4 class unit 2412-3407 (built in 1957) began. A model which had been taken out of service in 1995 and which was characteristic of the Munich townscape. All the work was expertly carried out by our workshop team themselves and the inspection could be carried out after only 13 months, so this was the first fully operational historic tram. At the moment, the Mm4 class unit is in regular service for the touristic "München-Tram".
Furthermore our workshop staff fitted up the M5 class motorcar 2668 with a front compact coupling and a Geamatic control system again in 1997. The alteration of the IBIS-equipment (radio set) of M5 class motorcar 2616 followed in September 1999. Afterwards it was also possible to reinstall a Geamatic-controller in this car. Both tasks were finished in March 2000.
Until year 2000 there were regular guided tours which were announced in the local newspapers.
In 2003, the municipal government of Munich decided to erect a museum for municipal public transport called "MVG-Museum". It will be located in the area of the main construction depot Ständlerstraße near railway station Giesing.
Since this decision, our society supports planning and realisation of this museum. Due to that fact, the library of the society - which was formerly opened once a month and contains 3500 books about trams and trains, the archives and the collection of uniforms - can only be visited by appointment.
Our teams meet regularly and all interested people are cordially invited to join us.
|(~52 kB)||Members of our society as drivers and conductors|
A detailed description of the events which we organized or contributed to can be found in the retrospective view of the events.
The Society supports the documentation of other institutions interested in the history of the Munich tram, helps in the research and puts its archives at their disposal. With our collaboration Bavarian television produced a continuation of the series Trams of the world in 1992. The association participated in the documentation of the history of the electric tram for the television series Under our sky in 1995.
If you are interested in the past, present, future or in the technology of Munich trams you can become a member of the Society or just come to see us without obligation. According to our timetable (in German language) our monthly meetings take place at new restaurant "Wirtshaus Münchener Tram" at Lauensteinstraße 9. Our monthly meeting begins at 7:30 p. m. and can be reached by bus 145 (stop Plassenburgstraße).
Or you can visit us during opening days of the MVG-Museum.