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CTC Tram

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.

CTC Tram

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.

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Aug 2014, 00:34
Excellent! They look a bit like the vehicles from the Mad Max 3 post apocalypse movie, don't they, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: A flame thrower and turret gun should complete the look, Ray. Thank you.
it is beaten up Ayush but its beautiful in my eyes... great capture and write up....petersmile
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the nice comment, Peter.
You caught it well,Ayush, it does have a kind of Mad max look,as Ray says.I'd like to see the full thing.
Ayush Basu: Thanks, Frank. I do not have a full length view but this may help a bit: http://www.bharatonline.com/west-bengal/travel/kolkata/tram.html
A great old piece of machinery.
Ayush Basu: Thank you Michael
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Aug 2014, 06:45
Poor old thing!
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 14 Aug 2014, 07:59
Gosh, this looks alarming Ayush, I can't believe it still works.
It makes you want to walk grin
English cities that got rid of trams in the 1950s have been re3placing them for the last 15 years or so!
Fabulous capture of this old piece of machinery Ayush!
Good to see the old girl is still around, and I did enjoy your narrative about the tram system.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 14 Aug 2014, 19:08
Was this on display as part of a transport exhibition. I believe I have seen this one ... if not they may have more than one.
Man alive. It's like a prop for an apocalypse movie, Ayush!
Superb capture Ayush just think of the history here.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Aug 2014, 07:50
Danger sums this up nicely. I am a great lover of trams; soem cities in the UK have re-introduced them but they run on dedicated tracks.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 15 Aug 2014, 09:49
I cannot imagine that this one is working Ayush.
This is vintage!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Aug 2014, 11:47
Looks like a scary form of transport - they still run???
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Aug 2014, 13:58
"...very lucky as I was able to see a Calcutta Tramways Corporation tram only on a handful of occasions." At that point of reading, I thought that maybe they are too fast for the camera smile But one realises the mistake.
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 15 Aug 2014, 14:44
What a piece of history.

It's interesting because in Toronto, our transit (TTC) has an almost identical logo!

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