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Start for the 8th European Tram Championship!

What an exciting Friday morning: At their first meeting, 50 lucky and excited drivers eagerly await the welcoming speech. Afterwards each team presents itself with a video and a big hello. The most important question every year is: Which disciplines have to be mastered? The 2019 disciplines are: Acceleration of the tram to 30 km/h with subsequent precision braking, estimation of the lateral distance in a curve, precise stop with door 2 on the way back, a drive-over test in which the driver has to come to a precise stop with the front, and finally tram bowling. Now it is time to find out how the local vehicles work: The training drives at the STIB depot can begin!


TRAM-EM is as colorful as never before

Boarding completed! 25 teams from 21 nations participate in the 8thTRAM-EM – more nations than  ever before. We are looking forward to welcoming teams from Barcelona, Basel, Bergen, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Dresden, Dublin, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Krakow, Luxembourg, Milan, Malaga, Manchester, Moscow, Oradea, Paris, Porto, Prague, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Stuttgart, and Vienna.


TRAM-EM hotel recommendations

The following hotels are happy to welcome fans of the 8thTRAM-EM:

Hotel Ibis Brussels City Centre
Rue Joseph Plateau 2
1000 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 6200426

Novotel Brussels City Centre
Rue de la vièrge noire 32
1000 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 6200428

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels
Rue du Fossé aux Loups 47
1000 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 219 28 28

Thon Hotel EU
Rue de la Loi 75
1040 Bruxelles
Tel. +32 2 204 39 11

The program of the 8th TRAM-EM

Date: May 4, 2019

Location: Rue Royale/Koningsstraat next to the Parc de Bruxelles

09.30 – Live presentation of the competition disciplines

10.00 – Opening ceremony of the 8thTRAM-EM with presentation of the teams

11.00 – First competition run

13.00 – Lunch break with live music

14.00 – Second competition run

17.00 – Award ceremony and closing ceremony

… and family entertainment all day long, with tram presentation, kids area, and many more more.

We are looking forward to welcoming a lot of fans and spectators. The entry is free!

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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

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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