Daimler Waggonet

© Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Traffic & Transport
1850 - 1899
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At the moment this object is not published in the museum.

Automobile pioneer Gottlieb Daimler also developed the first rail-mounted vehicle with a combustion engine. One such vehicle is preserved in its original state at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum).

At the 1887 Cannstatter Volksfest Gottlieb Daimler operated a narrow-gauge tramway, which shuttled between Wilhelmsplatz and the Kursaal to great public attention. A more powerful variant went on sale in 1890 under the name Waggonet. The fast running two-cylinder engine from Daimler had an output of 1.5 kW, giving the 700 kg vehicle a speed of 20 km/h.

When the agriculture and forestry fair was held in Vienna in 1890, the organisers were keen to offer the public a convenient access. A narrow-gauge railway by the French firm Decauville Bahn operating from the Praterstern to the exhibition grounds was not approved. The comfortable carriage subsequently went on show at the French pavilion.

The entrepreneur Josef Bierenz made a second attempt. His motorised tramway from the Praterstern to the west entrance of the Rotundenplatz was granted approval. It featured Daimler Waggonets, which were in operation throughout the summer. Coupled to a trailer they accommodated 24 passengers.

Inv.Nr. 40339

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