About the Book
This book tells the story of the famous 'grootbordes' (large platform) tramcars of the municipal tramways of Amsterdam, of which 135 were built, and their forerunners: the six 'season cars' (with sliding windows) and the twenty so-called 'stoeltjeswagens' (with seats which could be turned over). All those cars were equipped with three windows on both sides (that's why they were named 'drieramers'). The tramcars were delivered between 1908 and 1920, and the last ones withdrawn from service in 1960.
The book, written in Dutch, contains 116 pictures, of which 31 in colour. The pictures not only give an impression of the tramcars concerned, but also of the Amsterdam street scene of those days.
I was born on the 23th Oktober 1935 in Amsterdam. As a child I was already very interested in streetcars and public railways. When I was 25 years old I started to photograph these subjects. In daily life a had a lot of professions. The last 20 years before my retirement I was active as a teacher at an institute of moral education. In 2000 I published my first book, about the 'blue' tramcars of Amsterdam. Since then three other books followed, about the Amsterdam three-axle cars, the Rotterdam tram system and the 40th anniversary of the Rotterdam metro. In 2007 I discovered Blurb. Yet I can also publish less selling titles, for instance the this year finished book about the Amsterdam Union tramcars. I am not only interested in public transport. Under a pen name I also publish poems, columns, essays and short stories.