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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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1996 Melbourne Calcutta Tramways Friendship

Posted Thu 25/4/96 by Craig Allen

In 1994 Tram Conductor Roberto D'Andrea met Mick Douglas - an artist and lecturer in Architecture and Design at RMIT University. Mick was keen to host an exhibition exploring Melbourne's Tramway culture. Roberto took him to South Melbourne Depot and a collaboration between Roberto, Mick and South Depot trammies began. Together they created a exhibition called Tracking which attracted many to the Lindon Gallery in St Kilda in 1994.

Later that year Roberto travelled to India and Calcutta with South Depot trammie Sarah Pears. Calcutta, like Melbourne, retained an extensive tramway system. He had packed tickets and ...

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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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