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Calcutta 1997 - CALBOURNE TRAM - Calcutta-Melbourne Friendship Tram “Durgas Eyes”

Posted Sat 3/5/97 by Roberto D'Andrea

The Melbourne Calcutta Tramways Friendship continued to grow. Roberto D'Andrea and Mick Douglas arrived in Calcutta in late September just 1 year after the first Calcutta visit, and  6 months after Bondhu Friendship W Class Tram 1036 had tracked the Melbourne Tramways for 2 months in February-March 1997. The Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) returned the compliment to tramjatrans from Melbourne when Calbourne rolled out of Belgatchia Depot on the 8th of October 1997. For 8 weeks it toured on all of Calcutta’s tram routes and visited workshops and depots - open to all.

Mick and Roberto decorated and painted Tram 609 ...

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1997 - The Melbourne Calcutta Tramways Friendship continued to grow

Posted Fri 7/3/97 by Roberto D'Andrea

Roberto D'Andrea and Mick Douglas arrived in Calcutta in late September just 1 year after the first Calcutta visit, and 6 months after Bondhu Friendship W Class Tram 1036 had tracked the Melbourne Tramways for 2 months in February-March 1997. The Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) returned the compliment to tramjatrans from Melbourne when Calbourne rolled out of Belgatchia Depot on the 8th of October 1997. For 8 weeks it toured on all of Calcutta’s tram routes and visited workshops and depots - open to all.

Mick and Roberto decorated and painted Tram 609 with a group of enthusiastic trammies from the Belgatchia ...

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Calcutta 1996 - Melbourne-Calcutta Tramways Friendship

Posted Sat 26/10/96 by Roberto D'Andrea

Melbourne and Calcutta are two of the rare surviving tramway systems of continuous operation outside of Europe.

In October 1996 South Melbourne Tram Depot Conductor / Driver Roberto D'Andrea undertook a self-funded 5 week visit to Calcutta in spirit of friendship and support for the Calcutta Tramways under threat of closure. He landed in Calcutta in late September 1996 with a travelling tram show.

A travelling tram show complete with W Class tram destination rolls to hang on the interior of trams and an exhibition of photos from Melbourne and Calcutta that shone a positive light on trams. ...

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1996 - Melbourne Calcutta Tramways Friendship

Posted Sun 1/9/96 by Roberto D'Andrea

In October 1996 South Melbourne Tram Depot Conductor / Driver Roberto D'Andrea undertook a self-funded 5 week visit to Calcutta in spirit of friendship and support for the Calcutta Tramways under threat of closure. He landed in Calcutta in late September 1996 with a travelling tram show.

A travelling tram show complete with W Class tram destination rolls to hang on the interior of trams and an exhibition of photos from Melbourne and Calcutta that shone a positive light on trams. Posters with messages on the environmental benefits of trams and Malcolm Just's tram poetry translated into Bengali.

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Postcard from Calcutta

Posted Thu 25/4/96 by Roberto D'Andrea

ABC TV's Foreign Correspondant reports on Melbourne Connie and cultural activist Roberto D'Andrea, working with Calcutta trammies to help in the fight to save the Calcutta tramways in October 1996.

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Calcutta 1996 - Melbourne Calcutta Tramways Friendship

Posted Wed 10/1/96 by Roberto D'Andrea

Melbourne and Calcutta are two of the rare surviving tramway systems of continuous operation outside of Europe.

In October 1996 South Melbourne Tram Depot Conductor / Driver Roberto D'Andrea undertook a self-funded 5 week visit to Calcutta in spirit of friendship and support for the Calcutta Tramways under threat of closure. He landed in Calcutta in late September 1996 with a travelling tram show.

A travelling tram show complete with W Class tram destination rolls to hang on the interior of trams and an exhibition of photos from Melbourne and Calcutta that shone a positive light on trams. ...

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1994 - The journey begins

Posted Thu 1/9/94 by Roberto D'Andrea

In 1994 Melbourne tram conductor Roberto D'Andrea travelled to India and Calcutta (now Kolkata) with trammie Sarah Pears. Like Melbourne, Calcutta retains an extensive tramway system. Roberto had packed tickets and photos of trams in anticipation of meeting Indian trammies. On his first day on Indian soil he headed straight to the Esplanade Tram Terminus. Boarding a tram he explained that he was a 'tram wallah' from Australia. The friendly trammies sat him down and took him to Belgatchia Tram Depot in North Calcutta. They showed him around and a trammie friendship between Melbourne and Calcutta was ...

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