20th Anniversary Tramjatra December 2016

Posted Tue 9/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

Friday December 2 - 2016 : Great to be back in West Bengal and Kolkata for the 20th anniversary of Tramjatra which started out in 1996 as the Melbourne Calcutta Tramways Friendship. The 1st decorated tram was Belgatchia tram 349. Back then Belgatchia Depot had a depot to depot relationship with South Melbourne Depot. This will be the 12th tram decorated in Kolkata while it's 5 in Melbourne. We've been given a warm welcome back at the WBTC (formerley CTC head office) by Joint MD Shri Nilanjan Sandilya and many a trammie friend. Staying this time around at Mahadeb's in south Kolkata not far from the Tollygunge Tram Depot. 3 days in Kolkata and the tramjatra ball is well and truely rolling. 1st up the traditional name of the Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) has changed to the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC). Mahadeb and I have selected Tram 247 which is a Park Circus Tram. The 20th anniversary Tramjatra will this year be staged out of Gariahat Depot with tram decoration at the Nonapukur Workshops as we've done in 2012 (Paribeshbandhu) and 2013 (Gitanjali)