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Spiekeroog: The horse tramway is starting service again!

© Dirk Budach

The horse-drawn tramway on Spiekeroog – flagship and tourist attraction of the first order on this small island in the North Sea – can finally run again. After the end of the 2019 season, things initially didn’t look good at all for the service: the passage through the levee near the terminus at the edge of the village, the so-called dyke gate, had to be renewed, and the municipality of Spiekeroog and the state of Niedersachsen were not prepared to bear the costs. An immediately initiated fund-raising campaign finally brought together the necessary funds of approximately EUR 100,000 for an alternative solution, and the reconstruction could begin: The old gate was removed, and during the winter season the gap in the dyke will be closed with newly built, heavy beams in the future – a significantly cheaper solution than the approximately EUR 2 million for the renewal of the existing gate.

Service started again on 29 July 2021 – and will hopefully last for very, very long time!

The vehicle passing the old dyke gate in 2019 | © Dirk Budach

More about Spiekeroog’s island light rail and its history you can find here:

https://www.urban-transport-magazine.com/en/uncertain-future-the-horse-drawn-railway-of-spiekeroog/
29.07.2021
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