Tuesday, June 02, 2009

T is for making Tracks (for Trams) in ABC Wedneday

Bergen once had trams. However, as cars and buses became fashionable, the trams had to go. They blocked the way for "progress" (whatever that may be). On the last day of December 1965 it was all over.

But time moves on. Bergen has a small town centre, but a fairly large surrounding area. There is only room for so many cars in that centre and everyone can't be on those same roads at the same time. Bergen has tried to build itself out of such a crisis before. It did not work. It has finally dawned on the majority that a more modern form for public transport is necessary. Hence the new tram system that is now being built. Against the fierce opposition from the "progressives" (or more correctly, the extreme right-wing) with their SUVs, the building has started and the first stretch will open next year.

The picture above shows part of the first finished 500 meters.

It is of course difficult work, but the Tracks may last for a 100 years.

Here the Tracks have not yet been laid down. BTW, the building to the left is Bergen Railway Station - more Tracks.

The some may say - "You already have both Tracks and Trams!" That is quite correct: Enthusiasts at Bergen Technical Museum are maintaining a small stretch with some old trams bought from Germany (they were used in the old East Berlin). They plan to open one of the old tram-lines some time in the future for use by tourists etc.


Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.


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42 comments:

Svein said...

Likte nå best det siste bildet jeg da. Koselig med hobbytrikk, selv om den kanskje aldri blir særlig effektiv :-)

PERBS said...

Sounds wonderful to me! I look forward to new photos when it is all up and going!

Our town is going to build a new bridge which includes light rail -- within the next ten yers. It takes lots of planning to erect a 12 lane bridge and take down the old one over I-5 which has to have the middle raised to let tall ships go by.

I have missed you but hope you are enjoying your vacation at the summer home.

raf said...

Always exceptional images and posts, Rune, even when it's just laying down the rails.

Anne said...

Kjenner en trønder seg igjen mon tro??? en undres over hvor mange spaltemerter i adressadeter bruk til diskusjoner om hvor vidt trikken skal på skinner igjen eller ikke!!!

Her i mitt dalføre, har vi norges elste elektriske jernbane vettu (og nå undrer jeg med ett hvorfor jeg ikke har blogget om det!!!..., for åpenbart vettu :-)) Uansett, område for diskusjoner det også, hvorhvidt den skal om sentrum slik den en gang var, for å komme på verdensarvlisten... flik har en mening om det meste du, og de samstemmer sjelden... e d nå rart trøndera drekkk kark????????

Dagrun said...

Ja Bergensbanen blir spennende å se når ferdig. Kjenner jeg er litt glad vi ikke bor i byen lenger, så slipper vi "styret" rundt byggingen. Det blir nok bra til slutt da.

VALKYRIEN said...

Effektfulle bilder - og veldig passende til tittelen! For ikke å glemme "godt tenkt"!

Det siste bildet er skikkelig flott, likte så godt fargespillet i brosteinene!

PS: Den juksehorisonten fant jeg på et gratis fotoprogram som heter Photoscape. Artig effekt!

Malyss said...

I could have written exactly the same story about my town: We had tram, we destroyed it around 1965, we made all for cars, then discovered that there were too much cars, and suddenly realised how marvellous the tram had been..So, the city re-build a tram. We knew the hell of works during 4 years, but everyone was very happy of the result. Now the city would like to build a second line, but politics can't agree about the choice of the way the tram will follow.. I saw that in many french cities, and also in some foreign towns. You're adding one city's name on the list.

Randi's Tanker said...

Koselige å se bilder fra Bergen. Frister til en tur i løpet av høsten. Har ikke vært der på 4 år, så det er jammen på tide! Bergen er by nr 2 på topplisten min for Norge. Ålesund er selvfølgelig nr 1 ;-)

Reader Wil said...

I like the first photo best, but the others show the activities concerning the building of the tram. I hope to be able to see it one day! Takk for besøK!

Tunes Photo said...

Du har fått Bergen til å se ut som en storby! Trodde nesten det var Oslo, spesielt bilde nr 2....

Anne-Berit said...

Ja,det er aldri for seint å snu.Det blir sikkert kjekt når de får det ferdig,men jammen er det mye jobb igjen.Kjempeflotte bilder.

Abe Lincoln said...

You are light years ahead of 99% of the towns and cities across America. You have to go to a very large city to see anything on tracks.

Gosh, I wish we had some sort of train here in Brookville that ran between here any almost anywhere else in the state of Ohio. But as small as we are that is not likely to happen.

As usual, your photography is way ahead of most and I love each photo you took.

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kadermo said...

Så Bergen har också spårvagnar/trikk. Det har vi i Norrköping också, liksom i Göteborg. Av miljöskäl bygger vi ut vårt spårvagnsnät till det dubbla de närmsta åren.

Carol said...

Your photos are always so beautiful. Here cars are what people want. Our city has continuous construction just to maintain and renew the highways.

Babooshka said...

Lots of trams in France and they are a wonderful economical way to get around towns. More trams less cars. Cracking series of images to illustrate. Transport is a popular one this week.

Charlotte said...

Kjempe flotte bilder, likte godt det øverste. Passet god men han som sto å kikket der. Vakker, vakker by!!!

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Flotte bilder Rune, der ser jo ut til at det blir veldig pent hos dere når det blir ferdig.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

I love the last photo with the cobbles around the tram lines. Such subtle colours in the stones.

photowannabe said...

Ah, there is nothing like progress. Trams and tracks seem like the best solution to a traffic problem.

lynnwiles said...

Nice photos and an interesting read. Thank you.

imajica said...

very interesting!!
we dont have trams here in Malaysia, only light trains. I find trams very fascinating :D

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

I think that many cities are finding trams or light rail transit is now a good idea again.

Old Wom Tigley said...

We also are seeing trams back in our town centres.. I like the last pictures with the tran lines in the cobbles.. that would look great in the wet with the right lights shining..

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Roger Owen Green said...

I'm so TERRIBLY annoyed that towns all over the Unites States, including my Albany, NY, have gotten rid of the trains in favor of buses and, more to the point, cars.

Mara said...

For some reason I like trams. They make a town feel a bit more friendly, I don't know why.

naturglede said...

Kjempefint for T! Ha en herlig junidag:)

Jay said...

I loved this one! Smashing photos, and nice story behind them.

Several of our cities have reintroduced trams as a 'new' form of public transport, and they're a huge success!

spacedlaw said...

Trams seem to make a big come back. I like them except for all those aerial lines that get in my picture frames!

Miss_Yves said...

An ecxellent contrast between the first photo and the last one !

Sailor Girl said...

TRAMS??!!! I was expecting you to post your beautiful TALL SHIP in Bergen!! Ah ah ah!!!

I also love trams, though... We also have them in Lisbon! Have you checked the label «Lisbon trams» at my blog Atlântico Azul?

(oh how I miss Bergen...)

Russ said...

Very nice. I love the last one - straight long tracks thru bricks. A visual treat.

Q said...

Cool idea and fantastic photos!
I wish my city had more tracks..
Sherry

Barbara Martin said...

Trams provide a clean way for the environment and it's nice to see other countries using them. Toronto has trolly-cars which people complain about but they do move people in an environmental friendly manner.

The last photo has a nice appeal to me, a blending of brick and rail.

Tumblewords: said...

Fascinating photos. I love the juxtaposition of old and new, straight and cobbled, timely tracks. There seems to be little 'bustle' which adds to the fine feel of the visuals.

Wenche said...

Fine bilder. Gledar meg til bybana er ferdig. Veit jo aldri kor eg kan køyre lengre når eg er i Bergen, og eg er ikkje så kjent at det er så lett å variere mellom alle gatene:)

Rose said...

An excellent post! It's like the old saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." A nearby town, which is the center of our county, had a tram system at one time which was discontinued before I was born. Now they've been researching--including visits to Europe--the possibility of installing a tram system once again. Thanks for sharing!

nonizamboni said...

I tip my hat to progress! Very interesting turn-around and your photos have brought the trams to life.

Lara said...

I guess it's the same everywhere: trams out, trams in...

Cheffie-Mom said...

What a beautiful place! The roads and buildings are amazing!

Dina said...

Your construction looks so much more orderly than ours in Jerusalem. And you will use some of the rails by next year!
Nice that they keep a part of the old track and tram.

John said...

Det første bilde gikk rett hjem hos meg :)

Lew said...

The old becomes modern again! Well photographed! I am amazed at how clean Bergen is, even with construction in progress. We are having the "roads" vs "rail" arguments here as well. One of our major problems is that transportation planning and funding did not keep pace with real estate development.