This vintage tram exhibits a tram memorabilia and a modest cafeteria in its two compartments. This tram was originally built during 1938. It has been restructured at our Nonapukur workshop to have heritage look of trams of that era.
The city of Kolkata is famous for its ‘adda’ with a cup of tea or coffee. Gradually the location has shifted from roadside shops to coffee shops & restaurants finally leading to shopping malls. This is an initiative to provide an ethnic alternative location in the heritage surrounding of a tram compartment. All possible effort has been given to provide maximum comfort keeping the historical relevance undisturbed.
The organisation boasts of a rich heritage having a treasure of some artefacts like tickets, passes, coins, badges, implements which were used since more than a hundred years. The company felt the need to offer to public view these prized possession through an exhibition. Some badges, uniforms, caps, tassels, etc worn by the company staff in earlier days have also been displayed in this exhibition. It will be interesting to see the gradual development of different equipments used to run a tram. Some models of different types of Trams and photographs are also displayed.
It is less known to many of the relationship that tram had with eminent people of those golden days. Time and again trams have been mentioned by famous authors, poets, composers and philosophers of Bengal. Pictures of the past gives an idea of how the city looked and the modes of transport available in olden days. Almost all other modes have lost their relevance over the lapse of time, but tram is still keeping the legacy alive despite adverse circumstances.
Pictures of trams in photographs and cinemas still help viewers identify the city of Kolkata. Trams have been strategically used in cinemas by eminent directors both past and present. A short video collection can be viewed in a compartment which will help us recall some memories.