Tuesday, 29 May 2012

ABC Wednesday - Trams

Tramline 7 Mortsel - St Pietersvliet, Antwerp
Tram wires can be a pesky nuisance when taking pictures of buildings but lets go with the flow and celebrate their purpose with  a tram on the newly extended  line 7 in Antwerp as it crosses a wide intersection
and goes down narrow street as it crosses the city.
Time to get on board and take a trip. Just seen above the boarding passengers is the electronic sign which shows where the next tram is an how many minutes it is away on this 7.7 km route.  The Antwerp tram system was electrified in 1902

a year later in 1903 so too was this line in Ghent.  The large building it is passing used to be the post office, located in the historic centre of Ghent. In the 1960s the tram system was in decline but in the 1990s it started to expand again and this tram is heading to the Flanders Expo, a place where Tina Turner has sung 12 times.  Both this tram
 Tram Route 4 Moscou, (Ghent)
and this are the most modern, purchased in 2005 they are low floored and double ended.  This bidirectional transport makes it easy to shorten routes when major festivals take over the centre of Ghent.  

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey from A to Z where we are now at the stop for T


Berowne said...

A tram named Desire... :-)

Wanda said...

HaHa, I like Berowne comment!

Tram's of all sizes are fun to ride. I like the one in the Zoo.

chubskulit said...

Such gorgeous captures.

Travels & Wandering
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Roger Owen Green said...

love the trams!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Black Jack's Carol said...

Interesting info about the tram system, and I love that old post office!

Paula Scott said...

Trams and trolleys-most certainly an efficient form of transportation!