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“Mini Trains running on Kolkata Roads”
Review of Kolkata Trams

Kolkata Trams
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Owner description: With a capacity of 24 - 53 and equipped with a television and FM radio, the AC and Non AC tram runs four rides daily to the north and south of the city. Each ticket costs includes snacks. A lot is often heard about Kolkata's dwindling traffic system and how its age-old trams, means of transport that are still existing only in this part of India, are adding to the commuters' woes. There have even been talks of doing away with old tram cars for good and redesign the city's traffic network. However, trams are still plying in Kolkata and measures are being taken to resuscitate the 133-year-old Calcutta Tramways Company. Take a ride in one of these AC or Non AC trams early morning this week and get a taste of old Kolkata's magical heritage. Call or email Trips & Tours to book your seats. You can book the whole tram if you wish.
Reviewed February 7, 2014

Excellent two bogies mini train running on Kolkata's road are excellent example of History. They are still giving us the feel of Old is Gold in present days

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Although not of much functional importance, the trams do add to the simple, nostalgic old-world charm of Kolkata. It is definitely worth a ride for tourists as Kolkata is the only city where you will get to experience this old fashioned way of travel.

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

seeing the kolkata trams,outsiders will wonder with the prehistoric design & ramble journey of the poor tram car compared to modern tram cars of the western countries.but one should remember that this was the only comfortable journey inherited from the british era.still now this is the most cheapest , comfesortable & leisurely journey still preferred by the old & people having time to spare to reach their destination.after taking over from british owned calcutta tramways by the govt,the tramway service has deterioted to such a low extent for lack of modernisation & improvement so much so that the old citizens of kolkata look at despair & disbelief seeing the desperate & wretched condition of the tramways which was a pride show of the kolkata city.wrong planning & lack of farsightedness of all the political parties are responsible for this chaotic condition.many tramway routes have been closed by the running govts & the introduction of buses from tram depots have created a havoc in the running of tram services.previous left front govt even tried to stop the tram services but stopped from doing so due to the strong protest of the public
at present,outsiders/tourits must once experience the tram journey & experience the loyal/disiplined service of the tramways employees who still try to maintain the charisma of the old days.definitely,govt must find an alternative source of finance to modernise the tramways even with a higher fare to keep this service vibrant & synonomous with the culture,history of the city.

1  Thank siltu
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Although trams used to run from Belgachia to Behala, now it is limited only to few areas of the city, mainly Shyambazar, Esplanade, Kalighat, Park circus, Rashbehari Avenue etc.
The class system in tram was unique experience - 1st & 2nd class. The babus and ladies travelling alone would frequent 1st class where as menial labours, pick pockets, green vegetable vendors would avail 2nd class. Funny though, we used to travel in both with equal ease during 70-80's.
The sitting experience is unique as you would get the flavour of city from very big open windows. The fare is just marginal and cannot be compared with any other mode of travels as anything would be costlier than journey by non polluting tram.

1  Thank Debu58
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Trams in Kolkata is really a nostalgia for me. In my college days the only communication that i used from home to college is tram. Its a pleasure sitting in the front row and hearing the trying tring bell and passing thru the middle of the crowded road. Its also a pleasure in those days as a college student standing at the foot board and helping others get in. The first class compartment with a fan creates a sense of ego with only a 50 paisa difference with the second class. I still love to ride. We now have AC Trams running in Kolkata. A must ride for all new comers to Kolkata and a leisure-pleasure ride for everyone..the Kolkata Tram..

1  Thank emailrajib
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