Tram City Prague By Tram

Our accommodation during our stay was in Prague's Jurys Inn. We found it to be busy, but quiet and and relaxing. This was all the more remarkable with trams passing in front of the hotel every few minutes. There was also a Metro Station opposite and a railway line close-by. Additionally a major elevated highway was only a block away. What a sharp contrast with our life on Tiree.

Opposite Jurys Inn

Every time we set out to explore the city on foot we were aware of the sheer number of trams and trams routes. They appeared to be very popular, for no matter the time of day they were often full to capacity. There is something appealing about trams and tram travel. It is not simply a case of nostalgia, they have character - and a warning bell. Little wonder then that we decided to dedicate our last full day to seeing 'Prague By Tram'.

A one day travel pass

Those over 70 travel free so we only needed to purchase one ticket, available from the hotel reception, which was valid for 24 hours. Crucially we validated the ticket just after 10:00am and set out to explore "Prague By Tram'. With a tram stop right outside the hotel, why walk any further today.

The Trap Stop outside Jurys Inn, Florenc

The trams are a colourful presence on the city's streets. With and without advertising they added colour and without adding fumes or pollution to the air we were breathing.

The Elevated Highway with a major tram junction at Florenc

It was with almost undue haste that trams were removed from Britain's streets when car and lorry became king. Part of the argument was that they restricted and slowed down the free movement of other vehicles. Cobbles (sets) were ripped up and replaced with tar and potholes. In Prague there did not appear be any major problem with either the trams or cobbles - the later adding character to the heart of the city.

Tram on Route 18 close to Charles Bridge
Modern and not so moern, day and night.

Out of the city centre the trams run on track with sleepers not that dissimilar to traditional railway track. In this environment they would often run separated from other traffic on dedicated tracks.

Stabling, Turning Point and Terminus at the end of the line
A tram depot on route number eight

There were various styles of trams, but all single decker. Some ran as a single car, others coupled together and some were articulated. The articulated cars had only one driving cab and at the end of their route, or part route, had a turning point .

Lubricating Tram

On several occasions we came across a rather unique tram. It had the number 5572. It started out as a very ordinary passenger carrying tram that was at first transformed into a goods carrying tram. The later function was short lived and for a while it served as a snow plough working on some of the steeper sections where trams serve. Its last incarnation is as a lubricating vehicle. Fine jets spray the lubricant very thinly onto the trams wheels and this in turn makes steel on steel contact for the other trams quieter and even gives a smoother ride .

Historical Tram at the Republic Square
Historical Trams

One evening we saw several historic trams returning to their depot. The following day a historic tram passed us and then stopped at Republic Square before proceeding. On board was a box (accordion) player playing what sounded like traditional music.

All change - the end of the Metro line

It was a day well spent and we only managed to cover a tiny portion of the network. However, the following morning, the ticket and free travel proved its worth when we caught the Metro and connecting coach to the Airport. Travel in Prague did appear to be integrated, convenient, well patronised - and free for those 70 and over.

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Alan Millar
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