Tramdriver Championships

If it`s true that nobody can resist an idea whose time has come, then the competition of the best European tram drivers will be one of the highlights of public life in the larger European cities.

Coming together here is what our company stands for in the very best sense: European competition, environmental sensitivity, and technical innovation.

In fact it has developed at increasing speed from a single successful event to become an international tradition: Once a year the best tram drivers of the continent come together to find out who`s best.

Goodbye Tenerife, Hello Stuttgart!

The suitcases are packed. Many teams are already on the return flight. We would like to thank all public transport authorities who have sent a team to Tenerife. It was a great experience again, wonderful weekend in Santa Cruz, and a successful 6th TRAM-EM. Our special thanks goes to the host of MetroTenerife!

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Congratulations to PARIS!

In an exciting finale the team Corinne Leroy and Karim Annouche from Paris secured the title “TRAMDRIVER-CHAMPION 2017”. There follows Berlin on the 2nd place and Frankfurt on the 3rd place! Franka Sonntag from Berlin won the title “Europeans Best Female Driver” followed by Zsuzsanna Ledniczki from Budapest and Alexandra Engeseth from Bergen. The best European male driver is Karim Annouche from Paris followed by Thilo Korbien from Frankfurt and Christoph Engelmann from Zurich. We sincerely congratulate all teams on an amazing championship!

Start for the 6th European TramDriver Championship!

What an atmosphere it was this morning: 46 happy and excited drivers follow the welcome speech of Andrès Munoz de Dios, Managing Director of Metrotenerife. He presents his company and the schedule of the three day event. Afterwards each team presented themselves with a smart video and a big Hello in the common round. And finally: the disclosure of the championship disciplines was very much expected as every year.

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Happy Birthday, Metrotenerife!

On 2001 the Island Government of Tenerife constituted Metrotenerife that was originally founded to launch an alternative means of transport in the form of railway lines on the island of Tenerife. Tenerife tramway Line 1 was opened on 2 June 2007 and two years later Line 2. Since the beginning of Metrotenerife they has transported more than 132 million passengers. In a few weeks Santa Cruz will live a great celebration, the 10th Anniversary of the Tenerife Tram. Metrotenerife is working on a full program of recreational activities with live music performances, presents for the tram users; as well as a Post-Office Tram with material of the 10th anniversary and a philatelic exhibition about trams and public transports history. The main event will be the European Tramdriver Championship on the 4th of June. During this international championship, Metrotenerife has planned more activities such as painting and balloon sculpture workshop for children, live music performances in Plaza de Europa, a bouncy tram of 15 meter, etc. We are really looking forward to celebrate the 10th birthday of Metrotenerife together with the 6th European TramDriver Championship

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The schedule of the 6th TRAM-EM

Tramdriving under palms…
The waiting has an end: We really enjoy to present you the latest program of the 6th TRAM-EM at Tenerife. The event will take place at the depot of Metropolitano de Tenerife, Ctra. Gral. La Cuesta-Taco, 124 in 38108 La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. We are looking forward to greeting you on beautiful island!

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The TRAM-EM online

For those unable to attend the competition in Berlin personally we will provide the event, with 12 cameras from 10AM to 6PM, on our website www.tramem.eu.

The TRAM-EM will be also shown on the TV channel RBB via cable and satellite. Turn on April 23 on 6:30 PM!

New record number of participants at the TRAM-EM Berlin

27 teams from 17 European nations will participate on April 23 to determine the rail driving champion.
Registered are: Barcelona, Bergen, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Dresden, Florence, Frankfurt/Main, Helsinki, Krakow, Leipzig, Lyon, Madrid, Oradea, Ostrava, Paris, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tenerife, and Vienna. We are especially pleased to welcome new participants from Birmingham, Gothenburg, Innsbruck, Porto, Prague, and Zurich.
The first fan buses have also been announced, for example from Dresden, Vienna, Budapest, and Zurich.

The program of TRAM-EM 2016

April 23, 2016 at the BVG depot Siegfriedstraße 30-45, 10365 Berlin

10:00 AM Opening ceremony of the 5th TRAM-EM European Tramdriver Championship

– Video opener
– Venterra presents EM-song “All for gold”
– Welcome speech Dr. Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta (Chairman of the BVG) and Andreas Geisel (Senator for Urban Development and the Environment)
– Team presentation
– Official opening

10:45 AM First race of the 5th TRAM-EM

01:00 PM Venterra live

01:30 PM Second race of the 5th TRAM-EM

03:45 PM Venterra live

04:30 PM The Berlin TRAM-Bowling Cup (the best eight teams in a tournament)

05:00 PM award ceremony (best driver, best team, Berlin Tram-Bowling champ)

05:15 PM Baton handover ceremony for the 6th TRAM-EM in Tenerife 2017

05:20 PM Party with 88.8

07:30 PM End of the event

Meet tramdrivers from 27 European cities and discover your favorites in the drivers camp. For children a playarea is available. Information of the latest career opportunities from BVG will be available. A food and beverages will also be provided.

The entry is free.

The disciplines are definite!

Finally the disciplines for the 5th TRAM-EM on 23rd April 2016 in Berlin are definite.

With the collaboration of the Berlin transport service authority BVG we have intensively discussed the tasks and finally determined 5 competitive disciplines. Fun and excitement are guaranteed on a 150 meters long course with 3 rails and 2 different tram types.

There will be a points and time measurement for 4 disciplines. The popular TRAM-Bowling should also not be missing on that special day. Which challenges the drivers will have to pass exactly we will let you know on 22nd April 2016 😉
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This is how the 5th TRAM-EM looks like!

What is yellow, related to a tram and includes the “Berlin Bear”? – Right, the new official logo of the TRAM-EM 2016. Because the 5th TRAM-EM takes place in the metropolis Berlin this year. And that you don´t miss the championship, the Berlin transport service authority BVG will soon start an extensive poster campaign within the Berlin cityscape. Therefore keep your eyes open and save the date – The big day is on April 23, 2016 in the depot Lichtenberg!

As always we are interested in your opinion. How do you like the Logo?

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Save the date!

The 5th European Tramdriver Championship will take place in Berlin from April 22nd – April 24th, 2016. The highlight will be the public competitions on April 23rd, 2016. Twentyfive teams from sixteen nations want to know who masters the course, the material and the nerves as the best? New in 2016: For the first time we will have rankings for woman, men, and teams.

The effect is: more champions, more action, more fun. Via video live transmission from the cockpit to the LED-screen the spectators can be part of it when it applies for the drivers to find the perfect stop or to assess the right lateral distance during a curve-drive. Continue reading

The countdown is on

The preparations for the 4th European Tramdiver Championship in Vienna are in full swing.

The following teams will be part of the competitions: title defender Parla (Madrid), hosting team Vienna, team Barcelona, Bergen, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest (winner 2012), Dresden, Firenze, Graz, Helsinki, Krakow, Leipzig, Lyon, Manchester, Norrköping, Oradea, Ostrava,  Paris (winner 2013), Rotterdam, Stockholm, Stuttgart and Tenerife.

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Congratulations, Parla!

Parla is the European Tramdriver Champion 2014! The Spanish team located near Madrid prevailed against Rotterdam (3230 points) and Madrid (3040 points) with 3970 points. It was followed by Lyon, Teneriffa, Budapest, Barcelona, Dresden, Berlin, and Oredea. In total, seventeen teams from eight countries attended the competitions in Barcelona. One more time it has been confirmed: the home team never wins on their own rails! Continue reading