About the Book
On behalf of the new electric tramway system the Municipal Tramway of Amsterdam purchased 14 pilot and 215 standard cars, delivered between 1900 and 1904. The standard cars reaped fame as the so-called 'Unions' and the most powerful of them reached the age of nearly sixty years. This book, written in Dutch, gives a survey of their eventful existence and contains 68 pictures, of which 7 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.