ROTTERDAM - After The Hague, Amsterdam and Haarlem, Rotterdam now also has a horse tram. The first line was opened this afternoon between Jonker Fransstraat and Gedempte Binnenrotte. The line will soon be extended to Beursplein.

The horse tram attracted a large audience on the first day. For example, more than six thousand people used the horse tram.

The mode of transport is not cheap. An average ticket will cost between ten and twelve cents.

There are also plans for even more lines in the city; for example from the Beursplein to the Park and from the Beursplein to Station Delftsche Poort, on the Coolsingel.

The Noorderbrug over de Rotte in 1896. The horse tram, coming from the Jonker Fransstraat, just turns up the bridge. Foto: Old Rotterdam010

RTM

The Horse Tram is owned by the Rotterdamsche Tram Company, which was founded seven months ago (RTM).

At the end of last year, people could register to invest money in society, tot 375.000 guilders each. That delivered 71 million guilders in seed capital.

There were nearly two hundred people who invested the full amount in the new society. This is probably due to the success in Amsterdam, where more than six million people were transported last year.

Announcement of issue of RTM shares. The Fatherland 14 december 1878

The daily costs of the company are expected to be around a thousand guilders. About ten thousand customers are needed to bear all the costs. On the first day it was about 6313 passengers.



Hoe ging het verder?

A few days later the line was extended to the Beursplein. The official opening was over 7 June with a big ball at the depot on Isaac Huberstraat.

The second line was not long in coming. Line two ran from Beursplein to Kievitslaan (Park). In the first year even a third line followed, from the Beursplein via the Coolsingel to the Stationsplein.

Sources:

 RET - One and a half century of Rotterdam and Public Transport - Maurits van den Toorn

Old Rotterdam010

Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad – 23-12-1878 – Rotterdam

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Author: Dave Datema

published: 31-05-2020

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