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Category Archives: Trams
Where trams and road vehicles co-exist on public roads, special traffic lights are often provided to give them priority at intersections, and Russian cities are no different.
The Russian city of Saint Petersburg is a located across a collection of islands, divided by the Neva River, and reconnected by a series of lift bridges that allow boats to head upriver. So how do electric trains, trams and trolleybuses make their way across?
Moscow is a city with a sizable tram network, but if you only wander around the inner city, you’d never know it. So why are tram routes so sparse in the inner city?
Tramway operators need a fleet of special vehicles to keep the tracks and overhead lines in good working order, and the city of Budapest is no different.
Trams and trolleybuses have one thing in common – they pull their power supply from wires above the vehicles. This presents difficulties when the two modes of transport cross paths.
Saint Petersburg was once home to the tram network in the world – Wikipedia says it consisted of 340 kilometres (210 miles) of unduplicated track in the late 1980s, but today has shrunk to around around 200 kilometres of track, following widespread route closures.
On my visit to Saint Petersburg a visit to the local railway museum was on my itinerary, but the city doesn’t make it easy – there are three separate museums, each catering to a difference facet of Russia’s railways. So how do you tell them apart?
Over in Frankfurt I spent some time photographing the straßenbahn network. On seeing tram below, my thoughts went back to the Australian city of Adelaide, where almost identical trams are in service. So how are the two related?
In Germany trams are called ‘Straßenbahn>’ and the places they stop are called ‘Haltestelle’ – which come in a number of different designs. The ‘Überfahrbare Kaphaltestelle‘ (traversable Kaphaltestelle) is the one of most interest to someone from a tram network such as Melbourne.