Category: Tramway

  • The Opicina tram – an update

    Hyde Park Now-The Opicina tram - an update

    The Opicina tram in Northern Italy, the world’s only tramway of its kind, has been shut nearly 5 years. Following an accident on Via Commerciale between Trieste and Opicina in August 2016, it was forced to close. The line was meant to reopen in March 2020 but then came the COVID pandemic. The last time […]

  • Secret Vault beats Hidden London again!

    Hyde Park Now-Secret Vault beats Hidden London again!

    Whether one wants a clinically presented (yet in depth knowledge) or a no frills, haphazard yet exciting exploration of the Kingsway subway is probably down to one’s individual preferences, but once again Secret Vault have gone where Hidden London Hangouts missed out! The fact its ‘Holborn Tramway’ doesn’t indicate some sort of new, exciting tram […]

  • Trieste’s famous tram stays closed

    Hyde Park Now-Trieste's famous tram stays closed

    The Opicina tram – the world’s only tramway of its kind and located in Trieste, Northern Italy, has been shut nearly five years now. The metre gauge line closed in August 2016 following an accident on Via Commerciale in the vicinity of Conconello between Trieste and Opicina. The Trieste authorities had said it would reopen […]

  • The Köln – Bonner Eisenbahn

    Hyde Park Now-The Köln - Bonner Eisenbahn

    Time for another feature on a railway in a different country – its the Köln-Bonner Eisenbahn (KBE – or the Cologne to Bonn Railway.) Its former Rheinuferbahn once provided local and express trains between Köln and Bonn, plus there was a substantial freight operation with large marshalling yards servicing the area’s industries. To the very […]

  • South Shore Line Michigan City

    Hyde Park Now-South Shore Line Michigan City

    The Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Line (the South Shore) is America’s last interurban line – and what is more surprising is it still operates a substantial section of on-street track. The railroad once had other street sections too which have since been diverted – however this in Michigan City, Indiana, is the last […]

  • Croydon Tramlink 20th Anniversary

    Hyde Park Now-Croydon Tramlink 20th Anniversary

    Its 20 years since Croydon’s new trams began service. These, known as Tramlink, began in May 2000. The anniversary is rather muted it seems, its possibly due to the covid pandemic situation – only one or two tweets reminding people of the pending anniversary! Thus I thought a post with some history, a few pictures […]

  • Ferrocarril de Sóller #3

    Hyde Park Now-Ferrocarril de Sóller #3

    The Ferrocarril de Sóller feature continues – and here there’s a look at the celebrated tramway between Sóller and Puerto de Sóller In terms of station stops, during our visits in the late sixties and the seventies, the compulsory stops en route were Son Sardina, Santa Maria and Bunyola. Santa Maria is now a request […]

  • Ferrocarril de Sóller #2

    Hyde Park Now-Ferrocarril de Sóller #2

    Continuing the articles on the Ferrocarril de Sóller, with a further look at what was the rest of the Mallorcan railway network… The attractive entrance to the FS’ Palma station, just off the Plaza de España opposite the Estacio Intermodal. Source: Pinterest The network is now known as the SFM (Servicios Ferroviarios de Mallorca.) It […]

  • Ferrocarril de Sóller

    Hyde Park Now-Ferrocarril de Sóller

    Mallorca’s popular tourist railway, the ‘Orange Express,’ has entered its 90th year of electrification. The Palma – Sóller route originally opened on 16th May 1912 (ironically the very week the Titanic had sunk – thus little was reported on the island’s stupendous new mountain railway route.) Electric traction was originally intended but discounted due to […]

  • Bayswater's 1861 Tram

    Hyde Park Now-Bayswater's 1861 Tram

    George Francis Train was an American who introduced tramways (streetcars) in the States. In 1860 he came over to England to introduce his tramways which had been running in the USA for three decades. Train opened his first line at Birkenhead in 1860, followed by three short lines in London during 1861. A comparable view […]