A trip with the veteran tram

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.

Reflection of me. You can see a tiny bit of my friend to my right also. And then we have a passanger and one of the conductors.

Peeking in from the outside. The interiour was gorgeous; very old fashioned and stylish I think.

The two conductors; the one to the left was driving and the one to the right was anouncing the next stop.

Some details from operating the tram (stearing, breaking, speed etc).

Don’t disturb the driver!

Smoking and spitting is forbidden!

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’.

Two trams. To the left: what we now concider an old tram. To the right: the really old tram.


Why I love the countryside…

After a tiring week at the office, last weekend came not one minute too early. Friday afternoon I visited my sister and my  new nephew at the hospital. Ahh. What great time. My sister was doing fine and my tiny little nephew was so utterly cute and soft! The rest of the friday was used to unwind and just relax on the couch.

On saturday afternoon I went to visit my parents at the countryside. I had no plans laid, other than picking some berries and bake bread. I needed a totally relaxing weekend and that’s what I got. There was a bbq, some berry picking, bread baking, cuddling with my cat and eating icecream among other things. While being at Lierfoss, I took some photos of course. Here are a few of them.

An apple from our very old apple tree. Bathing in the sun and the bokeh.

Grass. Cut / uncut. I love to walk barefoot in the grass during the summer. One of the best summer feelings there is.

A handful of currants. I’m not fan of those berries, but my dad is. So I picked a box full of currants to him. We have five bushes with currants at home.

The box is full of currants.

Raspberries. Yum! I went with mum to pick raspberries. Close to one of my uncles fields, at the end of a corner, there is a lot of bushes with raspberries. They were long time ago, several decades, moved. But they came back. So mum and I went to  pick berries there on saturday. Mum had been there before, so it wasn’t that much left. But we got a tray full of berries.

Oh so yummy berries. Mum picked the most. I was also occupied with taking photos. As always.

Mum doesn’t like her picture taken. So instead of portrait of her, I took one of her in action.

Here I got one of her from behind; in the sunlight. I wish I had her thick hair. It’s lovely.

Me walking home with the berries in a bucket.

Ahhh. There you got some glimps of what lovely things the countryside can offer. It’s not bad, is it?






For the love of bikes

There is no news I love bikes. I espesially love old ones. They have this charm that new bikes only can dream of. When I was downtown today I photographed some bikes; old ones and new ones. Here are some photos.

Pretty old seat!

Another pretty, old seat. The tag says ‘prima norsk / prima Norwegian’.

Monark / monarch. Cool name for a bike.

Pretty, old bike. Waiting for its owner.

City bikes. You can rent them. To do so, you need a membership. It only costs 50 NOK a year. Then you can rent them for three hours at the time. If you get tired of biking, you can stop by Burger King buy a greasy, but oh so good, hamburger. If you add cheese and bacon, the burger will get oh so yummy!

Almost endless line of blue city bikes, ready to be used.

More of those blue city bikes.

If you’re not tired of these bike shoes, you can go to my set on Flickr to see more bike shots. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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