Trams

16 Jul 2012 – also know as Streetcars or Trolleys

Finally some blue sky over the weekend and off for walks. Pleasantly surprise to find this museum 5mins walk from the apartment and looking forward to take Olai there when he is older. By then the museum should be done by and all the historical displaying trams renovated. He will be able to climb into them and ring the bells 🙂

On Sporveismuseet/Tram Ways Museum you can journey through 130 years with tram ways history with 35 classic trams back completely to a horse-pull tram 1875 and a Holmenkollbanens tram from 1898. Located at Gardeveien 1, a min walk from Majorstuen subway station.

There is a museum shop exhibiting old signs (including No Spitting, sounds familiar!) and  here you can find cards, lapel pins, all types of books, catalogs, calendars and information booklets. The museum guard is most helpful and will answer questions, both around the exhibition and historical conditions in the city.

A well worth NOK30/S$6+ to support the tram system which is environmentally friendly using electricity and not diesel or fuel! The cheapest tram ticket here is app NOR25/S$5 now, and in the good old days the cheapest ticket was NOK 0.40/S$0.08!!

http://www.sporveismuseet.no/

HKG is the only in the world with double-decker trams (locally known as ding-ding) and are a great inexpensive way to see the city. That is one of my favourite cities to take the tram, ie in blue sky and when not in a rush 🙂

The streetcars would get priority in the travel lanes so they’d never get caught in car traffic, as well as signal prioritization, meaning stoplights would turn green when the trams approach them. The streetcars would cut costs because they can carry three-to-six times as many people as a typical bus, and driver salaries make up much of the expense of operating the CTA – Krause/May 2012 

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