Berlin Tramways (BVB) No. 223 006-4

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Berlin 3006

Photo: Jim Dignan

Most of the trams in the museum’s collection were built at a time when access to public transport was for the most part restricted to the ‘hale and hearty’ and thus pre-date more recent attempts to ensure that public service vehicles are both buggy and wheelchair friendly. This posed a serious challenge for the museum, which wanted to enable all its visitors to experience and enjoy its facilities, including tramcar rides, without having to damage its authentic historical vehicles by adapting them to meet current design specifications.

The solution was to acquire an access tram that could be adapted to meet the needs of wheelchair users and others with restricted mobility but which would not look out of place in the tramway village. The tram in question is Berlin 3006, which came to Crich for use as a wheelchair access car. It was adapted for this duty by removing a number of seats and installing a wheelchair lift together with a flat floor at one end.  This enabled the tramcar to accommodate up to four wheelchairs and it entered service in this form in 1997.

Berlin 3006, with its wheel-chair lift in operation. Photo: Paul Abell


Type of tram
Single deck; four wheel all-enclosed access electric tramcar of type TZ69
Cream and black; formerly orange and white
Seating capacity
Originally 22, plus 52 standing passengers. Following adaptation for service at Crich, it now has 16 seats with additional space for four wheelchairs
Date built
Manufacturer of body
Raw (Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk), Berlin, Schöneweide
Manufacturer of truck
4’ 8½”
2x 60kW (80 hp). VEB Lokomotivbau Elektrotechnischer Werke ‘Hans Beimler’ (LEW), Hennigsdorf 2x60kW motors
LEW Hennigsdorf (18 driving and 13 brake notches)
Current collector

Originally numbered 5131 when manufactured for Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB).
Renumbered as 223 006-4 in 1970
Renumbered as 3006 in 1990 upon re-unification of west and east Berlin following the collapse of the German Democratic Republic

Withdrawn from service

Mid 1990s

Subsequent history

Acquired by the TMS for use as an access tram. Arrived at Crich in June 1996

Restoration history

August – November 1996: adapted for use as an access tram by removing a number of seats and installing wheelchair lift and flat interior floor space.
Launch of access tram service at Crich Easter 1997.
Overhauled in 2002/3. Restored to current original livery and number (223 006-4) after appearing in orange and white for a number of years.

Current status
Converted to serve as access tram; operational. But not currently commissioned for service as part of the operational fleet.
Date started operating at Crich
1997. Has operated during 27 seasons up to and including 2023.
Total mileage covered at Crich
Current location
  • 1969 – 1996Operational on original tramway
  • 1996 – 1997Converted for use as access tram
  • 1997 –Operational at Crich

Crich Tramway Village is a brand name for the National Tramway Museum (Accredited with Arts Council England), solely owned and operated by The Tramway Museum Society, incorporated in England with liability by guarantee (no. 744229). Registered charity number 313615. Our ICO number is Z6700136.