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  • Would you like to become a member?
  • Möchten Sie an unseren jährlichen Tagungen oder Kurzreisen teilnehmen?
  • An den Programmen unserer Jahrestagungen kann jeder Verkehrs- oder Straßenbahnfreund teilnehmen, eine Mitgliedschaft ist dafür nicht erforderlich! Allerdings haben unsere Mitglieder immer Vorrang bei der Anmeldung. Alle Nichtmitglieder bezahlen bei den Tagungen und Kurzreisen einen Aufschlag von mind. € 25,00. Der Jahresbeitrag für Mitglieder beträgt derzeit € 20,00. Ehepaare zahlen zusammen nur € 30,00.

We look forward to hearing from you and would be happy to welcome new members at any time:

Rolf Hafke
Seven Swabia Way 22
50997 Cologne
Germany (German)

E-Mail: buero[at]vdva.de
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History of the

Der VDVA (Verband Deutscher Verkehrs-Amateure) wurde am 10. August 1956 in Traifelberg (Württ.) gegründet. Zum ersten Vorsitzenden wurde Günter Stetza aus Essen gewählt, der dieses Amt bis zu seinem Tode im Herbst 1974 inne hatte.

The origin of the VDVA goes back to the activities of Günter Stetza as a traffic amateur. From February 1946 he published - with the permission of the then military government - a newsletter for traffic enthusiasts, the "Collector's Letter". Whoever wanted to obtain it had to send in 10 kg of waste paper. After all 39 traffic friends received the first edition.

For December 1947 he had planned a traffic friends' meeting, which failed, however, because of the quarter question. This was then made up for at Easter 1948 in Duisburg. The 45 participants had to bring food ration cards for these four days. A big tram tour through the Ruhr area was one of the highlights of that first meeting.

Due to the good popularity, further regional meetings should take place. However, this failed due to the financial possibilities of many potential participants. In 1950, at the invitation of English traffic friends, a small group went to the island to visit some tram companies.

Already at the end of the forties Stetza had the idea to found a club or association. At first he feared that new regional associations would not bring enough members together. In 1956 the association was formally founded.

Das Foto zeigt Günter Stetza (mit Schild “Sonderwagen”) und weitere Verkehrsfreunde Ostern 1948 auf der ersten “Tagung”. (Aufnahme Karl Matern, Sammlung Horst Winnig)



An den Programmen unserer Jahrestagungen kann jeder Verkehrs- oder Straßenbahn freund teilnehmen, eine Mitgliedschaft ist dafür nicht erforderlich! Alle Mitglieder bezahlen aber anlässlich der Tagungen eine um € 20,00 niedrigere Tagungsgebühr. Der Jahresbeitrag für Mitglieder beträgt derzeit € 20,00. Ehepaare zahlen zusammen nur € 30,00.


organ of communication

From 1956 the official organ of the association was the "Collector's Letter", which was later renamed "Der Deutsche Verkehrsamateur" (DVA). After 349 issues the last DVA published by Stetza appeared in December 1973. The magazine was taken over by Zeunert in 1974 and renamed "Die Straßenbahn" one year later. When at the end of 1979 after 30 issues this magazine no longer appeared, the new magazine Blickpunkt Straßenbahn became the official organ of the VDVA. Even today, the original idea of up-to-date reporting by tram enthusiasts for tram enthusiasts lives on in the BS.


association chair

Günter Stetza fungierte bis zu seinem Tode im Dezember 1974 als Vorsitzender. 1975 wurde dann Peter Wagner aus München zum Vorsitzenden gewählt. Von 1983 bis 2002 führte Walter Vögele aus Karlsruhe den VDVA. Seit der Tagung 2002 ist nun Rolf Hafke in Köln der Verbands-Vorsitzende.

Goals and Tasks

Ursprünglich wurde der Verband gegründet, um den Straßenbahnvereinen ein überregionales Dach zu bieten. Die jährliche Tagung mit überregionalem Erfahrungsaustausch und gemeinsamen Nahverkehrsexkursionen entwickelte sich schnell zum Hauptzweck des Verbands. Der VDVA zählt rund 150 Mitglieder, darunter auch mehrere Nahverkehrsvereine.

Today, traffic enthusiasts have other means of obtaining information at their disposal. Various regional association newspapers, national traffic journals and magazines report about the events of the local traffic. Nevertheless, today's VDVA annual conferences offer a number of highly interesting programme items and a lively exchange of experiences among the participating traffic enthusiasts.

articles of incorporation

§1 Der Verein, der den Gegenstand dieser Satzung bildet, trägt den Namen „Verband Deutscher Verkehrs-Amateure e.V.“ (VDVA).
Sitz des Vereins ist Essen (Ruhr). Der Verein ist im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichtes Essen unter der Nummer VR 1719 eingetragen.
Geschäftsjahr ist das Kalenderjahr.

§2 The association pursues exclusively and directly charitable purposes in the sense of the section "tax-privileged purposes" of the tax code.
The purpose of the association is to promote education and culture.
The purpose of the statutes is realised in particular by promoting the development of transport in the sense of an ecological and socially acceptable objective.
This is to be achieved by
- Studies, lectures and events,
- Support for museums and transport associations recognised as non-profit-making,
- Management and further expansion of an archive on the history of traffic development,
- the publication of communications and literature.
The association is selflessly active; it does not primarily pursue its own economic purposes. The funds of the association may only be used for purposes in accordance with the statutes. Members do not receive any contributions from the funds of the association.
No person may be favoured by expenses which are alien to the purpose of the association or by disproportionately high remunerations.

§3 Members of the association can be:
Individuals, associations of traffic enthusiasts at local level and individual members of such associations, even if they are corporate members of the VDVA.
Members or former chairmen who have rendered outstanding services to the association may be appointed honorary members or honorary chairmen by the general meeting. You are exempt from the contribution. Honorary chairmen have advisory voting rights in the executive committee.

§4 To acquire membership, a written application for membership is required. The board decides on the application.

§5 Membership ends a) by resignation,
(b) by death,
c) by exclusion, which must be decided by the general meeting with majority of votes.
You can only leave the company at the end of a fiscal year. The declaration of resignation must be made in writing and received by the Executive Board at least four weeks before the end of the financial year. An exclusion can occur if a member with more than one annual membership fee is in arrears or has culpably and grossly violated the interests of the association.

§6 The Executive Board shall draw up a list of the members at certain intervals and send it to each member.

§7 A membership fee shall be levied, which shall be based on the costs of the Association. It shall be determined by the general meeting.
The contribution for the entire financial year must be paid within the first three months of the financial year.

§8 The board of the association consists of the chairman, the deputy chairman and at least one other board member. The general meeting may appoint up to two further assessors to the executive committee.
The Board of Directors shall draw up its own rules of procedure which shall specify which persons are to perform the duties of management, secretarial services, cash management, archive administration, advertising and communication, among others.
The association is represented in and out of court by one member of the board alone. Legal transactions with a goodwill of more than EUR 10,000 may only be concluded jointly by two members of the Management Board.

§9 The Executive Board has a quorum if more than half of the members of the Executive Board are present. Resolutions shall be adopted by a majority of votes; in the event of a tie, the Chairman shall have the casting vote; in the absence of a tie, the Deputy Chairman shall have the casting vote.
The Executive Board may adopt resolutions by written procedure (circulation procedure) if all members of the Executive Board agree to the subject matter of the resolution.

§10 The board members are elected by the general meeting with a simple majority of votes. The term of office of the members of the Board of Directors shall continue until their election or re-election.
The term of office of the Executive Board is two years. The general meeting can determine the term of office of the executive committee differently, whereby it may not exceed three years.

§11 If a member of the executive committee resigns during his term of office, a replacement election shall be held at the next general meeting.
A substitute election may also be held without prior notice in the agenda sent with the invitation to the general meeting.

§12 The Executive Board is active on an honorary basis. Its members may only demand reimbursement of expenses incurred in the interest of the Association and within the framework of the resolutions in force.

§13 The general meeting shall elect an auditor for the term of office of the executive committee, who shall examine the proper bookkeeping as well as the cash and account management on a random basis.
The auditor prepares a written audit report for the general meeting.
The general meeting elects a substitute auditor, who carries out the audits and prepares the audit report if the auditor is prevented from doing so.

§14 Every member has the same right to vote in the general meeting.
Members who do not participate in the general meeting may transfer their voting rights with a power of attorney. A member may only exercise one further right to vote. The transfer of voting rights must be made in writing.

§15 a) The general meeting shall be held at least once a year in connection with the inspection of one or more transport companies as part of a convention. The date shall be determined by the Executive Board after the General Meeting has voted.
b) The executive committee shall convene an extraordinary general meeting if a necessity requires it or a tenth of the members request it in writing.
c) The invitation to the general meeting must be issued by the executive committee in text form at least four weeks before the scheduled date. The agenda shall be announced at the same time.

§16 Resolutions of the General Assembly shall be passed by a simple majority of the votes of those present.
The resolutions of the general meeting are binding for the executive committee.
A two-thirds majority of those present is required for amendments to the statutes and dissolution of the association.
Minutes are to be taken of the general meeting, which are to be signed by both the chairman and the secretary.

§17 The general meeting may recall the executive committee or individual members of the executive committee. This shall require a majority of three quarters of the votes. A substitute election may be held at the same general meeting.

§18 The provisions of §§ 21 et seq. shall apply in all other respects. BGB, unless otherwise specified above.

§19 If the Association is dissolved or if tax-privileged purposes cease to apply, the assets of the Association shall be transferred to a legal entity or another tax-privileged corporation whose statutory purpose corresponds to ours in accordance with § 2 of these Statutes.