Saturday, 10 September 2016

Vintage and the oldest tram in Bytom

10th September 2016


In the morning I was in the city centre and I came across tram 38 the oldest tram in Poland.


The network of Silesian Interurban Trams is one of the largest and the oldest in the world. Spreading along 50 kilometres, the system connects as many as thirteen towns of Upper Silesia. These are as follows: Katowice, Bedzin, Bytom, Chorzow, Czeladz, Dabrowa Gornicza, Gliwice, Myslowice, Ruda Slaska, Siemianowice Slaskie, Sosnowiec, Swietochlowice and Zabrze.
The total length of the tram network system is 207 kilometres, with the shortest route (Route 38) equal to 1.34 km and the longest one (Route 21) – almost 22.5 km in length.
Though the rolling stock is quite old and so is the whole infrastructure, the Silesian trams are an important means of transport in the populated area of Upper Silesia. Most of them, though slow, reach the centres of towns, can get to the parts of the towns closed for road traffic and avoid"the traffic jams.







It still works since 1913.




Old tram type N manufactured in 1949 still daily runs on line 38 in Bytom. Construction was based, (rather copied) on the german Kriegsstra├čenbahnwagen (KSW). Line is only 1350m long.

12 comments:

  1. Wonderful to see. Good to know that cars are banned from historic centres of towns. That very old tram still does what it was meant to do, to move people with confidence about where they are going.

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    1. Andrew trams are very usefuk in our conurbation

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  2. I neat way to avoid having to use a car.

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  3. Very interesting information! I think these tram systems are very useful!

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    1. They are very useful especially in big cities in rush hour.

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  4. I really liked seeing this because my city 'might' be getting trams. I say might because it is expensive, and an election year. And I would love to see cars banned from the city centres.

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  5. Good to see and what a boost for tourists to ride
    around your historical city in an OLD tram.
    Well done city "fathers" of Bytom.
    Colin

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  6. Still in very good condition. It would be fun to have a ride.

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