Tram 574 on route 28 Lisbon, Portugal
Tram route 28 is famous for the ride up the hill to Castelo de Sao Jorge. This tram is Carris No. 574 which is a remodeled tram its original No. was 247 first built in 1935
Fleet numbers 541-585 These are the new numbers for 45 remodelled trams drawn from 221-282 series and from 701-724, but also including 415 and 483. The remodeled trams were introduced in July 1995 but are actually all older Standard cars from the 1930s, rather than the more modern lightweight vehicles of the 736 series as the Standards were of stronger original construction and had not generally been worn-out by use on the more hilly routes. They have two Skoda motors and have been generally upgraded to give a smoother journey, whilst retaining traditional tourist appeal. They have only 20 seats but space for 38 standing. All are unidirectional and have both trolley poles (for the narrower streets) and pantographs fitted. Their size is 8.382m by 2.378m.
Lisbon is all hills and little narrow streets. In fact some streets are so narrow that they can’t accommodate the bus or two trams passing at the same time! If you ride the trams you will see a lot of tiled buildings that you won’t get to see otherwise.
The first tramway in Lisbon entered service on 17 November 1873, as a horsecar line. On 30 August 1901, Lisbon’s first electric tramway commenced operations. Within a year, all of the city’s tramways had been converted to electric traction.
Up until 1959, the network of lines was further developed, and in that year it reached its greatest extent. At that time, there was a total of 27 tram lines in Lisbon, of which six operated as circle lines. As the circle lines operated in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions, each with its own route number, it is more correct to speak of a total of 24 tram routes, all of them running on 900 mm (2 ft 11 7⁄16 in) narrow gauge tram lines.
The construction of the Lisbon Metro began the slow decline of the network. Although reports prepared by both the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and the Verkehrsbetriebe Zurich concluded that the network should be retained and even extended, the process of decline has continued. However, some work has recently been done on preparing the Carmo–Campolide line for reopening.
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