Tuesday, 23 March 2004
Pix Of The Day: Reinventing The Tram Wheel
CREDIT: © Robert Newman/TheTransportPages.org
WHERE: Blackpool, England, and Glasgow, Scotland. WHAT: old trams.
MAP: Blackpool, and Glasgow. Thumbnail clicks pop-up larger images.
While researching a completely different subject, we came across Robert Newman's TheTransportPages.org, and in particular his two  trams (also known as trolleys, streetcars, or lightrail) pages. Recently the humble tram has made a comeback: Salt Lake City, the state capital of Utah, has installed the TRAX system; in the UK Sheffield built SUPERTRAM several years ago.
The first two trams in the thumbnail strip are from Blackpool, a northern English seaside resort that has long cherished its vintage trams. The three trams on the right of the thumbnail strip are from Glasgow, where as far as we remember all the trams were replaced by trolley buses: same idea, but no rails. The commercial advantage of trams is their use of electrical power, which offers lower running costs than internal combustion engines burning heavily taxed fuel. We are confident that if the tram renaissance really takes off the gubbamint will figure out a way to levy taxes.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)