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A Street Car Named Kolkata – Calcutta tram, Bengal, India

A Street Car Named Kolkata – Calcutta tram, Bengal, India. The Kolkata tram system, one of the oldest operating tram networks in Asia, has been an integral part of the city’s identity and heritage since its inception. The story of the Kolkata tram system begins in the late 19th century, during the British colonial era, when horse-drawn trams first started running on the streets of Calcutta in 1873. These trams were initially operated by private companies, but in 1880, the Calcutta Tramways Company was formed to manage the entire network.

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The early 20th century saw significant developments in the tram system, with the introduction of electric trams in 1902, replacing the horse-drawn ones. This transition marked a new era for the Kolkata tram system, making it more efficient and reliable. The network expanded rapidly, covering more areas of the city and becoming an essential mode of transport for Kolkata. The tram system reached its peak in the 1940s and 1950s, with over 300 trams operating on various routes across the city. However, with the advent of buses and other modern modes of transport, the tram system began to decline in popularity. Many tram routes were discontinued, and by the 1980s, the network had shrunk significantly. Despite these challenges, the Kolkata tram system has managed to survive and even thrive in recent years, thanks to efforts to modernize and preserve this iconic mode of transport. Today, the Kolkata tram system operates on a reduced network, covering important parts of the city. It continues to be a popular choice for many residents, offering a nostalgic and unique way to experience the charm of Kolkata’s streets. The Kolkata tram system is not just a mode of transport; it is a symbol of the city’s rich history and cultural heritage. It stands as a testament to Kolkata’s resilience and ability to preserve its past while embracing the future.

Darjeeling Toy Train

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway system more locally known as the Toy Train, today I spent about two and a half hours on the train and covered a distance of 18KM with two short stops. A great piece of history and fun as well. The weather is misty here so I could not always get the shots I would have liked but I enjoyed putting the film together. Of course at four minutes long it is way too long for anyone to be bothered watching it all the way to the end, this is social media, after all….

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