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Tramjatra 2005: Fus Fus Bondhu (Clean Air Friendship)

Posted Sat 10/9/05 by Roberto D'Andrea

Launch of the TRAMJATRA book by Mick Douglas in Kolkata in September 2005. This extract from Page 26 of the Tramjatra book is written by Mick. 

"When Melbourne trams started plying the streets again after a four week service strike in 1990, it dawned on me that this city was not itself without it's tramways flowing. I was interested in making a kind of public art that could be integrated into the life of the city and its people, and so I started working with tramways. I wondered about the possibility of a digital museum of civic memory and imagination on tram tracks - a 'tracking vechicle'. An arts project began to explore 'tracking', workshops were held on board trams to hear of people's experiences of the city through tramways and I was told: "You need to meet Roberto - he'll be into this." Could we understand the urban condition through tramways? What might be learnt from the logic of this non-linear system of movement at a time when the folly of various forms of rationalisms dominate? Connections with Calcutta started cropping up. Curiosity got me.

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2005 Tramjatra - Launch of the TRAMJATRA BOOK and SHARED LUNG SHIRTS (Fus Fus Bondhu) by Mick Dougla

Posted Wed 27/4/05 by Craig Allen

LAUNCH OF TRAMJATRA BOOK BY MICK DOUGLAS

IMAGINING MELBOURNE AND KOLKATA BY TRAMWAYS. Edited by Mick Douglas

A LOVELY PAEAN TO A USER FRIENDLY VECHICLE

Article from Hindustan Times : Sunday September 11 - 2005

A unique initiative to lengthen the life of one of the most user-friendly and non-polluting transport systems, the tramways, reached a landmark in the city on Thursday evening. Tramjatra : Imagining Melbourne and Kolkata by Tramways, edited by Mick Douglas, and ...

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2001 TRAMJATRA in Kolkata - Davies and Baird Tram Track audit - Launch of TRAMJATRA TRAM 628

Posted Sun 1/4/01 by Roberto D'Andrea

Tramjatra 2001 was a 3 month affair. It all kicked off in late January when Roberto D'Andrea arrived in Kolkata with Mike McGuffike from track junction manufacturer Davies and Baird.

Davies and Baird have had a long association with the Melbourne Tramways from its beginnings in 1885 with the first Melbourne Cable Car Network. Mike came as part of the Tramjatra Technical exchange.

The Kolkata Tramways greatest problem was the poor state of tracks across the network so Tramjatra part funded Mike McGuffike's visit to encourage track renewal......

Mick Douglas arrived in Kolkata in early February with a mob of students and teachers from RMIT University, ex-trammies and artists. They joined with local Bengali artists and filmakers to add Kolkata and Melbourne colour to tram stops and terminals and to create the first of 4 decorated trams. Tramjatra Tram 628 from Gariahat Depot was launched on Wednesday February 21 at the central Esplanade Tram Terminal.

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2001 Tramjatra SUNDARI Tram

Posted Fri 30/3/01 by Roberto D'Andrea

Both Melbourne & Calcutta have decorative tram painting traditions.

At the Nonapukur tram workshops in Calcutta in early 1997, workshops manager Mr S. K. Mitra & senior workshops officials commissioned a friendship tram. Tollygunge tram 649 was reshaped & painted like Melbourne Z class tram 101, the pride of the tram fleet - complete with sunrise theme.

The sundari tram is a symbol of the desire amongst C.T.C trammies to make Calcutta’s tramways strong again.

On February 27, 2001, the Sunrise Tram was decorated in garlands of flowers & departed the Esplanade with legendary ...

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2001 Tramjatra - CRICKET TRAM and touring ABBOTSFORD ANGLERS CRICKET CLUB vs CTC Friendship Cricket

Posted Fri 30/3/01 by Roberto D'Andrea

In March 2001, the Australian cricket team was on tour in India. At Eden Gardens in Calcutta, India won a cliffhanger against Steve Waugh’s side late on the 5th day by 171 runs.

The tramjatra cricket tram was painted to celebrate the match and carried the Australian team to the stadium.

C.T.C Chairman Mr Sudhir K. De. said ‘Park Circus tramsport tram 725 is dedicated to enthusiastic supporters of cricket who connect us in common culture, like the tramways’.

Nonapukur Workshop trammie Ujjal Dhar painted cartoon portraits of the greats ...

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2001 Tramjatra - BACCHA CHILDRENS TRAM “Fruit Fresh Tram”

Posted Fri 30/3/01 by Roberto D'Andrea

Andy 'Pescadore' Miller arrived fresh from the popular Melbourne Moomba Trams on Parade festival in March 2001, joined Mr Roberto & conducted alongside Calcutta trammies greeting people, yarning tram stories & singing tramjatra songs in connie-duet. Calcuttas affectionately called Andy 'Milla', and upon learning that he could paint invited him to decorate tram 715 alongside Park Circus trammies & Nonapukur’s Ujjal Dhar & Barun Gayen.

The tram was dressed in the tram sheds at Park Circus. It was dedicated to all the World's children and was called the Bacca (Childrens) Tram. Images of healthy fruit and ...

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Tramjatra 2001

Posted Tue 27/2/01 by Roberto D'Andrea

Tramjatra 2001 was a 3 month affair. It all kicked off in late January when Roberto D'Andrea arrived in Kolkata with Mike McGuffike from track junction manufacturer Davies and Baird.

Davies and Baird have had a long association with the Melbourne Tramways from its beginnings in 1885 with the first Melbourne Cable Car Network. Mike came as part of the Tramjatra Technical exchange.

The Kolkata Tramways greatest problem was the poor state of tracks across the network so Tramjatra part funded Mike McGuffike's visit to encourage track renewal. Mike shared information with Calcutta Tramways Company  ...

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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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