Ride In Kolkata Trams in Kolkata

Ride In Kolkata Trams Overview

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Operated by Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC), Kolkata Tram is India's only operating tram network. The origin of Kolkata Tram dates back to the year 1873, when a 3.9 km tramway service was introduced between Sealdah and Armenian Ghat. However, this service was discontinued in the same year due to inadequate patronisation. After seven years, metre-gauge tracks were laid, and horse-drawn trams were operated between Sealdah and Armenian Ghat via Bowbazaar Street, Dalhousie Square and Strand Road. In 1882, steam locomotives were brought in to replace horses and haul the trams. By the end of 19th century, CTC owned 1000 horses, seven steam locomotives, 166 tram cars and an impressive 19 miles of tram tracks.

Electrification of the tramway in year 1900 and reconstruction of the tracks from metre-gauge to standard gauge (1,435 mm) in the same year are the notable events in the history of Kolkata Trams. Over the years, extensive work has been done to expand Kolkata Tram's network. At present, CTC has a fleet of 257 trams, out of which 125 regularly operate in 25 different routes within Kolkata city. Measuring 9.68 km, the route between Gariahat to Howrah Bridge via Ballygunge Phari, Park Circus, Mullick Bazar, Moulali, Sealdah, Rajabazar, Maniktala, Kankurgachi and Ultadanga is the longest.

Trams operating currently on the streets of Kolkata are of different types – Old SLC Type, SLC Type, Articulated SLC Type, Renovated SLC Type, New Cars and Single-Bogie Type. A special workshop has been built in Nonapukur that is engaged in renovating and designing new trams.

  • Opening Closing Time 06:30 am – 09:30 pm

  • Photo Opp

    Kolkata Trams are worth clicking – after all, it is the only operating tram network in India. Riding a tram in Kolkata is truly a surreal experience. More than 100 years old, Kolkata Trams bear an old-world charm that bounds every visitor to shoot. So, make sure you carry your camera before setting off for a joy ride!
  • For Kids

    Tram ride is something that has always excited kids. But, the saddening fact is that they could only enjoy such rides in amusement parks that have facilities. The fun of riding an actual tram is something that every kid craves for. Give them the opportunity by taking them for a joyful tram ride in Kolkata!
  • Movie Connect

    The uniqueness of Kolkata Trams has incited many filmmakers to shoot. In the movie Parineeta (2005) that starred Vidya Balan, Saif Ali Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan walks on one of the tram tracks, lost in thought. Sonakshi Sinha, who enjoys a tram ride in the song Saamne Hai Savera from the recent blockbuster Bullet Raja (2013), acknowledged that the trams have got a romantic feel and the rides are very dreamy!

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