14 Vintage Tram Rides That Would Make You Forget Modern Trains
Be it unbelievably fast maglevs or super-fast vactrains, nothing, absolutely NOTHING can take away the charm of travelling by tram. A tram that honks at passersby every now and then, making way through the busy streets, chugging along the tracks at its own pace; it reminds us that we definitely need to slow down in our lives and see what is there to be seen.
Yes, we are talking about some vintage streetcars running on some of the world’s oldest tram networks that have been preserved from the past, so that we could take a ride down memory lane while they whiz past the locales.
Tramways have served many cities across the world with daily transport and still continue to be the lifeline for many. Here are few such cities and their tramways that have come a long way and continue to make a mark.
- 1 1. LISBON TRAM Portugal
- 2 2. NEW ORLEANS STREETCAR USA
- 3 3. TRANVÍA DE SÓLLER Spain
- 4 4. CHRISTCHURCH TRAMWAY New Zealand
- 5 5. TRANVIARIA DI MILANO Italy
- 6 6. MELBOURNE TRAM Australia
- 7 7. HONG KONG TRAMWAYS China
- 8 8. MOSCOW TRAM Russia
- 9 9. SAN FRANCISCO STREETCAR USA
- 10 10. BUDAPEST TRAM Hungary
- 11 11. HELSINKI Finland
- 12 12. PRAGUE TRAMWAY Czech Republic
- 13 13. PORTO TRAMS Portugal
- 14 14. WELLINGTON CABLE CAR New Zealand
1. LISBON TRAM Portugal
These trams snake through the tightest streets, steepest roads and sharpest bends of the friendly and colourful neighbourhood in the Alfama region.
2. NEW ORLEANS STREETCAR USA
It is here that you will get that authentic feel of riding the oldest streetcars in the world. There are three different lines that will take you through different parts of the city while you relish your long-cherished dream of riding this heritage wagon.
3. TRANVÍA DE SÓLLER Spain
There cannot be a better way to see the seaside town of Soller. These heritage wagons made of wood, iron and glass run on a 3 feet wide gauge, that is obsolete in most other parts of the world.
4. CHRISTCHURCH TRAMWAY New Zealand
Pulled by horses in its initial days, these trams took to electricity in 1905. The trams roll past some major sightseeing destinations in the city.
5. TRANVIARIA DI MILANO Italy
The light rail system has been an important part of the public transport network of Milan since 1881 and continues to serve the natives and tourists diligently even today.
6. MELBOURNE TRAM Australia
This happens to be the world’s third-largest tram network and is the most interesting way to see the city’s major attractions. Though the historic tram mostly runs past busy streets, it also makes its way to the inner suburbs of Melbourne.
7. HONG KONG TRAMWAYS China
It was one of the earliest forms of public transport in the city and the tramway happens to be the largest to run a fleet of double-deck tramcars in the world.
8. MOSCOW TRAM Russia
The city’s extensive tramway network opened in 1872 and since then it has been a key element of the public transport system here. Though the metro trains happen to be the busiest, vintage trams are the best way to explore the beautiful city at a slow pace.
9. SAN FRANCISCO STREETCAR USA
The beautiful skyline of the city of San Francisco and the hilly terrain cannot be better explored than by these dainty streetcars and lovely period wagons.