I managed to grab this shot from the other side of the road and through the bars of the road divider. I consider it very lucky as I was able to see a Calcutta Tramways Corporation tram only on a handful of occasions.
Trams were around in several Indian metros but have since been dismantled. Currently Kolkata is the only city that is still running a tram; furthermore it is Asia's oldest operating system (1902). As Kolkata grew over the centuries, modern transportation modes were added but the streets did not keep up with the times. Many streets were comparatively narrow, but now cars, buses and lorries started to jostle for space. Initially trams had dedicated embankments but gradually lines were made to run on normal roads, making trams directly compete with other vehicles. Despite the obvious advantages (cleaner, smoother, silent and efficient), on several instances the government considered closing the trams altogether.
The Kolkata trams use a trolley pole (no pantographs) and a tinkling bell (which is shocking considering the blaring horns of all other vehicles). Rolling stock was built locally and there have been no expansion plans, thus the beaten up look.
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