please note Unfortunately, our first two VDVA books (40s and 50s) can no longer be ordered after the publisher has ceased business operations.

Axel Reuther: "Trams in the Sixties"

This topic leads back to an interesting, but also difficult time for local transport. It is characterised by the conversion of mainly smaller companies and interurban railways to buses and the personnel problems of the companies. The introduction of conductorless cars and the self-service of passengers reduced the number of employees, which also contributed to the urgently needed cost savings. At the same time, the modernisation of the vehicle fleet was driven forward by the use of articulated vehicles with high capacity.

The planners tried to get the traffic problems in the cities under control by moving tram lines underground. This interesting time is represented in the book with texts, tables and about 200 so far mostly unpublished photographs.

Numerous traffic enthusiasts captured the development with their cameras. The annual conferences of the Association of German Traffic Amateurs (VDVA) also offered a look behind the scenes of the companies. The presentation of special vehicles or visits to railway stations and workshops were an integral part of the visits. The VDVA celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016, which is also discussed in this book.

Axel Reuther: “Straßenbahnen in den sechziger Jahren”
Verlag B. Neddermeyer
128 Seiten, 168 Schwarz/weiß- und 32 Farbabbildungen
ISBN 978-3-941712-56-0
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Axel Reuther:"Trams in the Fifties"

Trams in the fifties - this topic goes back to the times of the economic miracle in West Germany. More than 120 photos, some of them previously unpublished, show the great variety of vehicles that rolled across the tracks of German roads in those years. Modern large-capacity and articulated wagons initiated the urgently needed renewal, but numerous old wagons also enriched the streetscape. While in the post-war period the means of transport was still indispensable everywhere, this changed in the years after 1950. Competition grew in the form of buses and trolleybuses and especially in small networks the tram rolled more and more often onto the siding. In 1950 there were 92 companies on the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, but in 1959 there were only 60. All of them are mentioned in this book.

In those years the traffic amateurs had a rich field of activity and the material of numerous photographers could be used for this publication.

At the beginning, however, there is another review: In the year 1956 the circle of interested parties of the German traffic amateurs, founded by Günter Stetza, received the organization form of an association. The history of its origins reaches far back in time before the Second World War.

The association of traffic enthusiasts enabled the individual to expand his field of activity and at the same time created the basis for the documentation of traffic events in words and pictures. To this day it is an irreplaceable source for the preservation of a piece of contemporary history.

Axel Reuther: "Trams in the Fifties"
Hauschild Publishing House
112 pages, 124 pictures (b/w) and various other illustrations
ISBN 3-89757-348-2

Ingo Teschke: "Trams in the forties"

Aus Anlaß der 50. Jahrestagung erschien das VDVA-Buch “Straßenbahnen in den vierziger Jahren” mit teilweise noch nicht veröffentlichten Aufnahmen aus der Kriegs- und Nachkriegszeit. Fast alle deutschen Straßenbahnbetriebe sind mit einer oder mehreren Aufnahmen vertreten. Nicht nur Fotos von Günter Stetza, auch aus den Sammlungen von John H. Price und Peter Boehm wurden Aufnahmen für dieses Buch dankenswerterweise zur Verfügung gestellt.

In those difficult times nobody had actually time and money, in order to photograph trams and trolleybuses. Günter Stetza was one of the few people who received a photographer's permit.

"Trams in the Forties" is an interesting book that pays tribute to the work of Günter Stetza and also reflects the difficulties of the war and the period after it. For today's generation, it is at the same time a glimpse into times that have usually not been experienced.

Ingo Teschke: "Trams in the forties"
Hauschild Publishing House
112 pages, 138 pictures (b/w)
ISBN 3-89757-021-1