Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Trams

Tram route 2 in Budapest runs along the eastern side of the Danube in Pest. It is a popular tramline for tourists (yes, we travelled the length of route 2 in both directions) and well used by locals too. Where better than to run Christmas trams than along the banks of the Danube. 0:14 Budapest has taken delivery of new 56 metre long Urbo trams, made by CAF in Spain. These trams can be found all over the world including Sydney. I expect CAF will supply trams for Sydney's new but yet to built south eastern light rail and I am guessing in the same configuration as the 56 metre trams in Budapest.



Meanwhile well to east, it seems Odessa's tram system is being run down. This could be deliberate policy and they will be replaced with buses or there really is just no money in the Ukraine to maintain the system. 4:21 but no need to watch more than 40 seconds. Note: Things may not be as bad as they look as I have seen the distortion effects of certain camera lenses before in videos like this.



Melbourne's Christmas Sleigh Tram may look good at night but I don't think much of it in the daylight. Photo by Yarra Trams.


Speaking of Melbourne trams, I was not excited at all by this years tram art decoration efforts so I won't bother showing you photos beyond this one that I liked a bit.


Melbourne has the largest tram/light rail system in the world if it is measured by route length at 250 km but from the list I am looking at Budapest has the highest numbers of travellers at nearly 400 million per annum, as against Melbourne's at a mere 180 million which is much exceeded by many tram cities.

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  1. I watched that whole 4+ minute video and noticed those trams slowed right down to almost walking speed over the warped section of rails. I didn't see any passengers in any of them, which doesn't surprise me, I wouldn't get in there either, in case the whole thing came off the rails altogether.
    The Budapest tram is quite pretty and I like that Melbourne one too, decorated like that it could be sidelined as a diner when its usefulness is superseded.

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    1. River, it is very rare for a tram passenger to ever get injured. The trams are so heavy and solid. The Melbourne sleigh tram is one of the City Circle trams, supposedly to provide free city travel in a circle around the city. We already have three restaurant trams.

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  2. Andrew, in my place we don't have Christams trams but I am going to watch more carefully in the morning

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    1. Gosia, maybe you will in the future. Mention it to the authorities, if you will.

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  3. That Budapest one looks great. I wonder if it is cost effective to decorate trams or they just do it to cheer people up on a miserable day!

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    1. Marie, I think the lighting would cheer people up and entertain kids. It would not be expensive to do with LED lighting. I think the trams would look quite good when viewed from a distance as they travel along the river.

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  4. Lots of cities HAD efficient, clean and popular tram systems and moronically pulled them out for stinking cars and polluting buses. INSANE.

    Well done Geneva, Amsterdam, Toronto, San Francisco, Melbourne, Budapest, Prague and Istanbul!! Great cities!

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    1. Hels, and a few Austrian and German cities too. Oil companies have much to answer for.

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  5. I do hope that camera distortion had a BIG part to play in that.
    That really didn't look comfortable. Or even safe which is probably more important.

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    1. EC, note the driver of the first tram getting a good rock around. River noted no passengers, so maybe they are on track that isn't part of the normal routes.

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  6. The first video is good and the trams has people in it, the light a lovely.
    The next video is a bit weird.

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    1. Margaret, the second video is way weird.

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  7. The Christmas Budapest tram is glorious... I've never seen a tram decorated like that before (but I don't get out much).
    Not sure about the Ukrainian video. It looks awful but if you watch it at 3.50 and the extreme close up, the variances in the track look manageable, if not comfortable. Lets just say that I don't think that it would meet western standards.

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    1. Craig, it does seem to be a Budapest thing, although I recall an Italian tram town did similar last Christmas. No, not western standards. These are legacy tram systems that may or may not be kept.

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  8. Trams they come and they go well they do in Sydney,
    I can't believe that tram stays on the tracks, it would be a bumpy ride.
    Merle..............

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    1. Merle, indeed they do, including monorails, but it looks like this south eastern one will go ahead.

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