30. July 2004
New finds from the New Iron Age

At very short notice, Skjoldenæsholm was given an opportunity to acquire some of the capital's oldest tram tracks for recycling at the museum.

The tram tracks were to be removed from the forecourt of the former Nørrebro Tram Depot, now "Nørrebro Hall", as part of a renovation project. The oldest of the tracks now being dug up were manufactured by the Phønix company in 1899.

The tracks in front of Nørrebro Depot once carried some of the capital's first electric trams, and it was also here that Copenhagen's last trams ran in April 1972, when Nørrebro Depot became the final tram depot in Denmark to close.

The museum staff were told on the evening of Tuesday 27 July that the tracks in front of the hall, on the Nørrebrogade side, were to be removed.

On the Wednesday morning, a meeting was held with the heads of the company responsible for carrying out the renovation of the former depot's forecourt. It was agreed that we could remove the tracks, provided they were gone by the morning of Monday 2 August. This was VERY short notice!!

The jungle drums were set going, and museum staff on holiday, the Wednesday pensioner teams, and anyone else who could take a day off were all notified, so that by the Thursday morning we could start digging up the points and rails, cutting them into "transportable" lengths, and numbering them so that the heavy jigsaw puzzle could be reassembled. The first truckload left at a quarter to eight that day.

We continued Friday and Saturday, so that all the rails were removed as agreed. The points and tracks have a geometry that matches other tracks at the museum, so some of them will certainly be used as spare track sections, or in new track areas at the museum, or perhaps in depot 3.