A few words about the museum,
1. The entry costs 25 SEK for students, children and senior citizens. Otherwise its 50 SEK. (Trust me, the value is more than the cost!)
2. Request an audio guide at the reception, which is completely free of cost. It is designed ergonomically with in built RFID where you just need to show in proximity to the designated number in the information boards of different places.
3. They have the entire collection of artefacts from Horse driven carriages to the last design of the tunnel train, with simulators and refurbished old coaches where people can step into and can feel how it was in the past.
Coming to the point,
Though its a world known fact that today, today’s Stockholm is well connected by land and water with a lot of variations which includes, Metro (Tunnelbana), Commuter trains (Pendeltåg), Trams (Tvärbanan/Spårvagn, Roslagsbanan), Bus (Buss), Ferry(Båt), it all started with Horse drawn carriages.
In early 19th century, with simple horse drawn carriages, later design improvements were made in the design and coaches were developed. The comfort level of the passengers were carefully considered in each stage of expansion, and accordingly there were many ideas implemented, at the right time.
Intricate planning was done continuously, taking into account the increasing population of the city and the improving technologies.
The coaches were later improved, incorporating steam power and in the end of 19th century, electric motors started to come into picture.
Some innovations were also made during the world war, when the availability of fuel was very less, during which generator gas from Charcoal was used to power the IC engines.
With the enormous expansion of the city, the transports were moved underground during the 1930’s . The trams were simply operated underground. The existing trams/coaches were then replaced with more sophisticated trolley buses.
During 1950s, commuter trains were developed, and many lines were created, connecting more places, with more improved trains.
Today, Stockholm stands a testimony to perfect planning of public transportation and traveller’s comfort.
Sometimes, we need to look back, to gauge the future!