THE GS TRAM SITE

কলকাতা - KOLKATA / CALCUTTA

পশ্চিমবঙ্গ, ভারত
पश्चिम बंगाल, भारत
WEST BENGAL, INDIA

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March 1981

Calcutta after the restoration of tram service on Rajib Gandhi Sarani South north of Binay Badal Dinesh Baag, and after the discontinuation of tram service along much of Jawharlal Nehru Rd. because of metro construction.




भारत - INDIA

কলকাতা - KOLKATA/CALCUTTA


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Calcutta tram map 1981


INSET: CENTRAL KOLKATA

Calcutta 1981 tram map

Abbreviations used on the map:

  • A.J.C. Basu Rd.: Acharya Jagadish Chandra Basu Road
  • Acharya P.C.R. Rd.: Acharya Praphulla Chandra Roy Rd.
  • B.B. Gangopadhyay St.: Bipin Bihari Gangopadhyay St.
  • B.B.D. Baag: Binay Badal Dinesh Baag



I created the above maps by overlaying OpenStreetMap (OSM) maps with my own data. Copyright on the OSM maps is © OpenStreetMap contributors, licensed under a CC-BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence).

Please note that the OSM maps used as a template for these maps corresponds to the situation at the time the map was downloaded and may show features that did not exist at the time the GS Tram Site is supposed to show. In particular, it may show bridges and highways that were built later.


ROUTES

Operator: Calcutta Tramways Company

  1 Esplanade - Lenin Sarani - Nirmal Chandra St. - College St. - Bidhan Sarani - Shyambazar - Belgatchia
  2 Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Lalbazar St. - Bipin Bihari Gangopadhyay St. - College St. - Bidhan Sarani - Shyambazar - Belgatchia
  3 Esplanade - Bentinck St. - Rabindra Sarani - Arabinda Sarani - Shyambazar - Belgatchia
  4 Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Lalbazar St. - Rabindra Sarani - Arabinda Sarani - Shyambazar - Belgatchia
  5 Esplanade - Lenin Sarani - Nirmal Chandra St. - College St. - Bidhan Sarani - Shyambazar (Short-turn of route 1)
  6 Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Lalbazar St. - Bipin Bihari Gangopadhyay St. - College St. - Bidhan Sarani - Shyambazar (Short-turn of route 2)
  7 Esplanade - Bentinck St. - Rabindra Sarani - Baghbazar
  8 Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Lalbazar St. - Rabindra Sarani - Baghbazar
  9 Esplanade - Bentinck St. - Rabindra Sarani - Arabinda Sarani - Shyambazar (Short-turn of route 3)
10 Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Lalbazar St. - Rabindra Sarani - Arabinda Sarani - Shyambazar(Short-turn of route 4)
12 Howrah Stn. - Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) - Rajib Gandhi Sarani South - Hare St. - Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Hemanta Basu Sarani - Esplanade - Lenin Sarani - Sealdah Stn. - Rajabazar - Acharya Praphulla Chandra Roy Rd. - Galiff St.
12/15 Howrah Stn. - Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) - Mahatma Gandhi Rd. - Sealdah Stn. - Acharya Praphulla Chandra Roy Rd. - Rajabazar
12A Howrah Stn. - Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) - Rajib Gandhi Sarani South - Hare St. - Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Hemanta Basu Sarani - Esplanade - Jawharlal Nehru Rd. - Birla Planetarium
12A/32 Howrah Stn. - Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) - Mahatma Gandhi Rd. - Rabindra Sarani - Bentinck St. - Esplanade - Jawharlal Nehru Rd. - Birla Planetarium
13 Howrah Stn. - Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) - Rajib Gandhi Sarani South - Hare St. - Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Lalbazar St. - Bipin Bihari Gangopadhyay St. - Sealdah Stn. - Rajabazar - Acharya Praphulla Chandra Roy Rd. - Galiff St.
14 High Court - Rajib Gandhi Sarani South - Hare St. - Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Lalbazar St. - Bipin Bihari Gangopadhyay St. - Sealdah Stn. - Acharya Praphulla Chandra Roy Rd. - Rajabazar
15 High Court - Rajib Gandhi Sarani South - Mahatma Gandhi Rd. - Sealdah Stn. - Lenin Sarani - Esplanade
20 Howrah Stn. - Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) - Mahatma Gandhi Rd. - Sealdah Stn. - Acharya Jagadish Chandra Basu Rd. - Mother Teresa Sarani - Park Circus
21 Howrah Stn. - Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) - Rajib Gandhi Sarani South - Hare St. - Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Hemanta Basu Sarani - Esplanade - Lenin Sarani - Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Rd. - Elliot Rd. - Acharya Jagadish Chandra Basu Rd. - Mother Teresa Sarani - Park Circus
22 Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Hemanta Basu Sarani - Esplanade - Lenin Sarani - Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Rd. - Elliot Rd. - Acharya Jagadish Chandra Basu Rd. - Mother Teresa Sarani - Park Circus
24 Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Hemanta Basu Sarani - Esplanade - Maidan - Khidirpur Rd. - Wattganj Jnctn. - Diamond Harbour Rd. - Alipore - Judge’s Court Rd. - Kalighat - Ras Bihari Av. - Baliganj Stn.
24/29 Tollyganj - Kalighat - Ras Bihari Av. - Baliganj Stn.
25 Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Hemanta Basu Sarani - Esplanade - Lenin Sarani - Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Rd. - Elliot Rd. - Acharya Jagadish Chandra Basu Rd. - Mother Teresa Sarani - Syed Amir Ali Av. - Ras Bihari Av. - Baliganj Stn.
26 Howrah Stn. - Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) - Mahatma Gandhi Rd. - Sealdah Stn. - Acharya Jagadish Chandra Basu Rd. - Mother Teresa Sarani - Park Circus - Syed Amir Ali Av. - Ras Bihari Av. - Baliganj Stn.
27 Behala - Majherat - Alipore - Judge’s Court Rd. - Kalighat - Ras Bihari Av. - Baliganj Stn.
29 Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Hemanta Basu Sarani - Esplanade - Maidan - Khidirpur Rd. - Wattganj Jnctn. - Diamond Harbour Rd. - Alipore - Judge’s Court Rd. - Kalighat - Tollyganj
30 Howrah Stn. - Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) - Rajib Gandhi Sarani South - Hare St. - Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - Hemanta Basu Sarani - Esplanade - Maidan - Khidirpur Rd. - Wattganj Jnctn. - Diamond Harbour Rd. - Alipore - Judge’s Court Rd. - Kalighat
32 Howrah Stn. - Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) - Mahatma Gandhi Rd. - Rabindra Sarani - Bentinck St. - Esplanade - Maidan - Khidirpur Rd. - Wattganj Jnctn. - Diamond Harbour Rd. - Alipore - Judge’s Court Rd. - Kalighat - Tollyganj
35 Esplanade - Maidan - Khidirpur Rd. - Wattganj Jnctn. - Diamond Harbour Rd. - Alipore - Majherat - Behala
36 Esplanade - Maidan - Khidirpur Rd. - Wattganj Jnctn. - Khidirpur


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Trams: 60 km.


OLD STREET NAMES

Many Kolkata streets have been renamed at some point since independence, but the old names have retained some currency. I tried to use the new names consistently on all maps, even if the old names were used at the time. For the convenience of users I provide both the new and the old names in parallel in the list below:

  • Hemanta Basu Sarani - Old Court House St.
  • Mother Theresa Sarani - Park Street
  • Rajib Gandhi Sarani - Strand Road
  • Syed Amir Ali Avenue - Gariahat Road

In some cases, the new street name is simply an adjustment of an anglicized name according to the standardized transliteration of a name in the Bangla (Bengali) language. The list below provides such street names when the new name is significantly different from the old one:

  • Acharya Jagadish Chandra Basu Road - A.J.C Bose Road
  • Bipin Bihari Gangopadhyay St. - B.B. Ganguly Street
  • Binay Badal Dinesh Baag - B.B.D. Bagh
  • Nirmal Chandra Street - Nirmal Sunder Street

HISTORY

  • Horse tramways: 1873; 1 Nov. 1880 - 1905
  • Steam tramways: 1898 - 1900
  • Electric tramways: 1902 - today.
  • Underground (Metro): 24 Oct. 1984 - today.

GAUGE

  • Tramways: originally 1000 mm, but from 1900: 1435 mm (standard gauge).
  • Underground (Metro): 1676 mm (broad gauge [Indian standard on railways]).

SOURCES

PRINT

  • Claydon, G.B. "Calcutta revisited - Part 1: The present scene (administration, finance and traffic)", Modern Tramway & Light Rail Transit, Jan. 1982 (45: 529), p.10-18.
  • Dean, R.N. "Tramways in Calcutta today", The Modern Tramway, June-July 1945 (8: 90-91), p.41, 46, 49, 51.
  • Runnacles, T.V. "Transport in Calcutta - Part 7: Aspects of tramway operation today", Modern Tramway & Light Rapid Transit, Feb. 1978 (41: 482), p.49-60.
  • Russell, M. "Calcutta: Trams still thriving - but for how much longer", Tramways & Urban Transit, May 2006 (69: 821), p. 176-179.
  • Russell, M. "Kolkata tramways: A modest revival?", Tramways & Urban Transit, Aug. 2011 (74: 884), p. 321-324.

WIKIS

WEB SITES


Thanks to Ashis Mitra (from Kolkata, India) for the large amount of information he has kindly given me about the history of tramways in his city. He has also made corrections to pages I had already placed on my site.

Thanks are also in order to Lars F. Richter (from Hamburg, Germany), who kindly sent me information on the new terminal arrangements at Binay Badal Dinesh Baag.

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