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Tramjatra 2013: One day until launch

Posted Tue 10/12/13 by Roberto D'Andrea

Kolkata's a city where there's many and varied transport modes from human drawn Ricksaws to a well run underground Metro, Auto 3 wheelers and a swag of public and private run buses that are like beasts spewing diesel exhaust and hunting in packs across tram lines.....heaps of Taxis, human drawn Goods Carriers and cyclists.

Catching trams in 'Calcutta' in the 1990s and early 2000s was ...

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Tramjatra 2013: Nonapukur Workshops - decorating the Gitanjali tram

Posted Mon 9/12/13 by Roberto D'Andrea

The Tagore Tramjatra tram decoration started at Nonapukur Workshops in Kolkata today with CTC trammies involved in the work. There's 2 tram workshops that I've enjoyed visiting over the years. The Preston Tram Workshops in Melbourne and the Nonapukur Tram Workshops is Kolkata.

The Nonapukur Tram Workshops that I first visited in 1996 was a fully functioning workshop with a working foundry, body shop, truck shop, electrical shop and paint shop. Today, Nonapukur continues to renovate trams and from 2008 to 2010 they manufactured 24 new-look trams. The new modern trams have clear rooftops made of clear polycarbonate sheeting with a wide window space, comfortable seating and better visibility from inside and out. Nonapukur Workshop is now manufacturing new tram cars.....

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Tramjatra 2013: Polash Larsen’s first blog from Kolkata

Posted Mon 9/12/13 by Polash Larsen

So here is the long overdue initial blog post for Tagore Tramjatra 2013.  They’ll start coming thick and fast from now on as I steadily catch up on the whirlwind of activity over the last couple of weeks.

Despite months of emails, meetings, research into Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel prize and the history of the Kolkata tram network I still feel unclear about whatever it is I’m supposed to be doing.  At the back of my mind is a quibbling quisling voice asking if Roberto is somehow expecting some sort of ...

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2012 Tramjatra - Paribeshbandhu Connie - A weird magical experience!

Posted Tue 18/12/12 by Craig Allen

I'm in a city of 12 million and now wherever I go in the city I'm recognized as one or those strange nature loving Melbourne tram conductors. Kolkata is a warm city which tempers its hustle and bustle with good humour. Now, this is amplified by having in a way become for a short time a part of the city's fabric.

Our conversations and interactions on the trams are a delight. At times they involve the whole carriage joined in conversation and laughter, at others intimate conversations with a parent and child, students eager to ...

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Tramjatra 2012 - Some news articles from day 2

Posted Sun 16/12/12 by Craig Allen

During the 2012 Paribesh Bandhu Tramjatra the Times of Indian (Bengali Edition) kindly published this article about Roberto and Craig (Pico) Allen painting the environmental tram with Calcuta Tramways Company staff.

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We were in the newspapers this morning. Telegraph - Green Tram with Aussie Friends

Posted Sun 16/12/12 by Craig Allen

GREEN TRAM WITH AUSSIE FRIENDS article

Telegraph Newspaper - Kolkata - Monday December 17 - Written by Soumitra Das

A tram with colourful wildlife from both Down Under and India painted on it's body trundled out of the Esplanade Tram Depot late on Saturday morning. Two Australian men dressed in blue shirts and shorts with leather bags slung across their shoulders in the two compartments were pretending to be conductors but handing out swap cards with photographs of animals printed on them instead of tickets. Children as well ...

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Tramjatra 2012: Paribesh Bandhu Tracking Kolkata Sat Dec 15-Weds Dec 19

Posted Sun 16/12/12 by Craig Allen

"The Mother Earth - Clean Air - Free Flowing Trams"

 TRAMS - ENVIRONMENT - BIODIVERSITY - POLLUTION - GLOBAL WARMING & CLIMATE CHANGE

The focus for the 2012 Tramjatra 2012 is biodiversity and environment. To celebrate the clean air and quality of life trams bring to modern cities and urban environments. Five Indian and a series of Australian native animal collectable cards haver been produced. The Indian series is made up of the Bengal Tiger, Chital Deer, Gharial Crocodile, Great Indian Hornbill and Hanuman Langur. All these ...

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2012 Paribesh Bandhu tram launch - Saturday December 15

Posted Sat 15/12/12 by Craig Allen

Bengal Post - Saturday Dec 15 - Friendly Relations

Kolkata-Melbourne Tram Yatra launched to strengthen ties

In an attempt to strengthen ties between Australia and India and to make Kolkatans aware of the advantages of trams, Melbourne Tramway Network and Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) launched the Kolkata-Melbourne Tram Yatra at CTC Esplanade on Saturday. The body of the tram is painted with pictures of animals found in Australia and India. This special tram, named the Kolkata-Melbourne Tram Yatra, carries pictures of endangered species in its interiors.

From now onwards, the ...

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Tramjatra 2012: Times of India - Bengali Edition

Posted Fri 14/12/12 by Craig Allen

Principal artists for the Paribeshbandhu Tram. Ujjal Dhar, Dilip and Craig Allen - Tramjatra Melbourne. After some very late nights, and a lot of concern about the paint not drying, the Poribesh Bandhu tram is nearly ready to roll. We've taken a week at the Nonapukur Workshops to paint Gariahat Tram 687 as the Paribesh bandhu Tram. Craig and I have had some interesting trips around Kolkata buying paint brushes and other art bits and pieces we need. In partnership with the Calcutta Tramways Company which has in beautiful fashion given Tramjatra space at Nonapukur and ...

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Kolkata - Nonapukur Workshops - Decorating the Paribesh Bandhu tram

Posted Fri 14/12/12 by Craig Allen

Roberto D'Andrea : It's been 7 years since we've done a Tramjatra in Kolkata and a huge joy to be back in the Nonapukur Workshops with all the local workshop trammies starting to decorate Gariahat Depot Tram 628. Have been coming to Nonapukur since 1996. The 2012 Paribesh Bandhu (Eco friendly in Bengali) tram will highlight biodiversity, the plants and animals of Australia and India. Trams being good for the environment is the follow on theme. Local workshops trammie Ujjal Dhar, who designed the Cricket Tram and with Andy Miller the Baccha Childrens Tram in 2001 is the principal artist with Tramjatra's Craig Pico Allen. 

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