Today a friend of me and I, we went downtown to ride with the vetran tram. It goes one sunday each month. The tram takes a route that takes around 45 minutes around the city (Jernbanetorget, Aker Brygge, Solli Plass, Frogner, Majorstua, Homansbyen, Stortorvet). I knew it would be a charming tour riding that old tram and a lovely thing to do on a sunday, but also a equally big factor that led me to go on that trip was that I could take photos.And hey, it was bonus that it didn’t cost anything; the entire trip was for free.
We hopped on at Stortorvet, the last stop. A man, apparently very interested in trams, could tell us that tram was buildt in 1913, that the seating inside was original and that it once costed 25 øre for a ticket. Now it costs 110 times more for a ticket. There were 12 routes in Oslo, now it’s only six routes. He knew also exact when the tram was leaving and where it went. He was a true tram enthusiast.
Online I found out some other facts about the tram as well: It was operating / on duty until 1968. It has 24 seatings and 28 people can stand in it. The trailer (the wagon behind the main wagon) has also room for 52 people so, it would be 104 in total.
You can rent the tram for weddings, birthday or other events.
Here are a few photos from todays trip:
To the left: the front of tram number 70, going to Majorstua (an area at the west side of Oslo). To the right: the trailer/second wagon where you could stand outside the tram if you liked. We did for a short while and took the three following photos. The side of the tram, while being in motion. We got a lot of wind in our hair. The tracks were curvy the short while we were standing there, so it was a bit hard to take photos and hold the camera still.
Hold on! The leather strap is to hold when you’re standing in the tram. The thin line above the leather strap, you pull if you want to get off the tram at the next station. When you pull it, the conductor/driver hears a ‘ding’.