Haritage wheels of Kolkata Tram

Heritage wheels of Kolkata tram is a Window of History
Kolkata Tram

It is impossible to imagine Kolkata without heritage transporter wheels. Every day morning starts with iron tramways with rumbling sounds and ringing bells. Trams create a deep-rooted heart at the vintage and heritage city of joy. The Kolkata trip will be incomplete without a ride in the Kolkata Tram and looking out through the window makes you feel like you are living your moment into history.

Kolkata Tram

One of the things that set Kolkata apart from other Indian metros is the existence of trams. This is the only operational transport in Kolkata in the rest of India. One of the cline, a pollution-free environment-friendly module of transport that has been closely associated with the culture and lifestyle of Kolkata. First, horse-driven trams started running in the United Kingdom in 1807 but the first attempt in India was made in 1873 in between Sealdah and Armenian Ghat Street approx (3.9 km). Due to the lack of patrons, service was stopped and remained discontinued for the next seven years. That service resumed in 1880 and Steam locomotives were included in 1882 for experimental purposes. But an electricity-driven tram was inducted after two decades in the year 1902. and since then trams have been in service in the city of Joy. After one year (1943) Tramway connected in between Calcutta (now in Kolkata) and Howrah sections by the new Howrah Bridge

Changes of Trams

Trams have been portrayed from time to time in the rich culture of Kolkata and intimately associated with the history and lifestyle. Government of West Bengal passed and took Over management of the Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) in 1967, which was originally registered in London in 1880 as a London company.

CTC owns 267 cars out of which 125 are only operational in daily bases in before 1952. Each single-deck can carry 200 passengers. First, horse-drawn single couch carts and steel cars were imported from England. During that time Triple-coach trams were tried but failed and the later stock was the SLT type, which was manufactured by Nonapukur workshop. It was called an elephant car by the CTC.

The Downfall of Trams in Kolkata
Inside in kolkata Tram

The Downfall of Trams in Kolkata

The network of the tram lines add up to 25 or more but gradually reduced over the year due to poor maintenance, financial struggles, Low income, outdated vehicles and slow speed. Coaches of the trams were divided into different classes – 1st Class and 2nd  Class. Since 15th August 2013 classes have been removed from the trams. In CTC 25 tram cars renovated with an innovative outlook out and 267 double bogie standard tram cars are standing by. The Nonapukur workshop also manufactured 19th new trams from 2008 to 2010. The clear rooftop, polycarbonate sheeting with a wide window, FM radio, digital display boards and comfortable sitting chair get attention for the daily passengers as well as foreign tourists. Single-coach has been introduced for heritage tours with air-conditioned to generate more revenue.

The Downfall of Trams in Kolkata
Inside of Kolkata Tram

The Tram Museum

Esplanade is now the tram depot permanent home of Tram museum, where Asia's first tram wheels took speed. This museum is a destination for history as well as casual tourists for their enthusiasm. Smaranika tram museum also holds different kinds of trams in histories such as replicas the horse-driven car, various tram cars in history, tram tickets and passes, badges, caps and others apparels for conductors and drivers.

The Future of Trams

Trams have to be preserved in working condition through this romantic, old-world, beautiful present and upcoming future can integrate. Hopefully, sustainable mode of tramways may be implemented in the near future with the help of government policies and an extra effort from the common man. City of joy can make a remarkable example in front of the world as a pollution-free transport.


Heritage wheels of Kolkata’s tram is a Window of History
Future of kolkata Tram

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