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Old 16th September 2008, 12:48   #1
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Thumbs up Limited Edition Trams in Kolkata

Four trams with an international look will hit the Calcutta tracks around Mahalaya. Metro takes a sneak peek into the refurbished trams, which were launched at Nonapukur depot on Monday.

Exterior: The classy colour combination and the transparent roofs and windows will provide visual relief to Calcuttans tired of seeing the iron junks that ply on the tracks now. The driver, too, gets a glass cabin.

Interior: Bucket seats with cushion take the place of their stiff wooden predecessors. The class system, too, goes, with fans in both compartments. The fans have become smaller but are better placed and more efficient, according to Calcutta Tram Company (CTC) engineers.

Technology: CTC chief engineer C.S. Bhattacharjee says the four trams are “refurbished versions of the old ones”. There are no technological improvements in the new vehicles, each of which has been developed at a cost of Rs 11,50,000 at the Nonapukur depot.

Plus: The new trams will have a pair of powerful headlights. There will also be indicators to signal whether the vehicle will go left or right.

Source: The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Metro | Streetcar named style

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Looks pretty impressive.

You should also check the streetcar system in Toronto. Looks pretty slick and is quite well maintained. Although I hate driving on roads with streetcar tracks.

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A welcome change which should have happened decades ago!
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Will these replace all the trams that are plying presently?
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no way - but according to a local newspaper 10 more of these will be ordered and budget for the same will be sanctioned.
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Wow! I hope they ply those on the regular basis. Next time I land up in Kolkata I hope I get to ride one of these.
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I was told some similar all glass trams/buses failed because people from outside got an unobstructed view into the vehicle, especially the bottom portion.

from what i can see, this time they have their bottoms covered.
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