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Old 24th July 2013, 16:44   #46
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Saw this picture today on Facebook. Picture credit goes to Mr. Johnny Purty. Is this an air-conditioned tram? Why is the door beside the driver closed?
Don't think it's airconditioned. Going by the puddles and umbrellas in the photo, it's probably all closed up because of the rain.

In India, anything with an AC is luxury, so they'll never allow trams, local trains and regular buses to be airconditioned.
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An old picture (1873) of a horse driven tram in Calcutta:

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(from FB page Old India Images)
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An old picture (1873) of a horse driven tram in Calcutta:

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It is indeed interesting to note that the horse-driven tram has two decks and also has a suspension.

Lovely engineering!

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Two old tram painting and picture respectively clicked from framed photos in the hotel where I had halted in Kolkata:

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An artist's impression

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Trams were earlier very common in Kolkata and Bombay as far as memories of the present generations go. The first electric tram service was started in Madras in 1895. Electric trams were subsequently introduced in Kolkata (1900), Mumbai (1907), Kanpur (1907) and Delhi (1908).
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You forgot to mention Delhi.
They too had trams in the 1950 and early 1960s.
Two other cities with Trams were Nasik (1889 to 1933) and Patna the short lived trams in Patna were Horse drawn and remained so till their early end due to low patronage, while those in Nashik were initially Horse drawn and later converted to petrol driven ones. In Nasik they ran only one route from the old municipal council building to the station which was about 9 km away from the city.
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Galiff Street Tram Depot, Calcutta.

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Wow!

This thread may be nostalgia for few but for someone like me who's never been to Kolkata or on a tram, this is an interesting and informative read. Thanks to all for sharing the lovely pictures. A few years down the line after all the trams are gone, this is the only way one can know that Trams did exist.

I had seen trams in Warsaw, Poland when I had been there. They were red and yellow in color and were slightly faster than those in Kolkata. There were also buses, powered by overhead electric cables. I thought, hope someday it comes to India so there would be lesser pollution. But today I came to know that this was in India years ago but phased out.

Thanks again to everyone.
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Clicks during my last trip to Kolkata last week:

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This brought back my Kolkata memories! The most intriguing thing about trams was the way they still move traffic, by sounding bells right in the middle of a street. It was something new to see tram stop due to traffic and move as the signal and vehicles clear.

The highest fare I've paid was probably 3.5 Rs. More over, it was interesting to see that the conductor promptly pays back 50 paise to all the passengers! I hope this legacy stays in India for years to come.

I wish I could see the trams on the Howrah Bridge. Oops, it is the old Howrah bridge now!
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Well well, if anyone was thinking of trams as a dying breed, think again. Allow me to introduce to you the latest trams in the world:
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Some clicks from Kolkata from 14/05/2015

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An update:
The Ballygunge Tram Depot is back in action since more than one year now. It was closed down for a few decades till around mid 2015.

As a result now, like before, trams from Ballygunge move to Gariahat and further to Tollygunge or towards Park Circus and beyond.

Thats an encouraging sign, owing to the earlier understanding that the trams were barriers to the smooth flow of traffic and were to be curtailed routewise.

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(image above clicked on the Ballygunge- Gariahat Square route)

Some more recent images

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Some non-bhpian trivia if I may:

1) In the sixties, several trams were burnt as a protest against a 1 paisa fare hike.

2) In the mid fifties, a contemporary, famous Bengali poet, Jibanananda Das, died after a tram accident. Actually considered quite bizarre, getting hit by a tram. A few critics, (and this was a rumor, mind you), reportedly attributed the mishap to one of his "poetic" trances, wherein he had gone to check out how the tram track smells, to pen down his next abstract poetry!

It's very much a part of Bengali middle class nostalgia, and romanticism. First class and Second class coaches, and that sound of the bell ringing.

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Travelled in a tram after nearly one decade in Kolkata. Most of the trams are the same in every respect they were, about four decades ago. The few paint coats they might have got are the only embellishments of the times.
The conductor in khaki is cosily seated, after handing over tickets to the very few passengers in this cabin (incl. me). The minimum fare is still Rs 5=00, among the cheapest in Kolkata and maybe in the country.

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(all pictures clicked from within the tram in Central Kolkata)
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