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Calcutta's Trams

India once had electric tramways in Delhi, Madras, Bombay and Kanpur. Only Bombay's system was ever significantly modernised, and was the last to close, in the 1960s. Calcutta's system, though quite inadequate, is still large and busy. Some 300 cars (the exact number varies) service about 67 route-miles intensively. Track is standard (4ft 8-1/2in) gauge. Nowadays the fleet consists entirely of bogie six-axle articulated cars, but at one time large numbers of single-truck vehicles were in use, most articulated into "streamlined train" and "utility" twinsets. Speeds are low due to antiquated technology and traffic congestion. Local colour.

Filmed January 1997.
 
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