May 24, 2007 trams returned to Madrid after an absence of more than
three decades, with the inauguration of the €263 million, 5.5 km, nine
stop line from Pina de Chamartin to Las Tablas. Operated by 32m
long Citadis trams, the line runs underground for more than 70% of its
length with five of the stations also being below street level.
The decision to put so much of the road in tunnel reflected the need to
avoid conflict with road traffic at busy junctions. (Today's
Railways Europe, July 2007).
These pictures were taken in early June when the line had been opened
than a month.
of the line is underground and there is very little
interaction from vehicle traffic. The trams serve an area with quite
dense housing. There were still a few teething problems to be ironed
the new trams were very well used.
has a heritage tramway which connects the FGC at AveneidaTibidabo with
Plaza del Funicular. It is quite a climb and is well worth the
left, the bottom station. A lady employee is selling tickets and
keeping order to ensure smooth embarcation. Teachers are keeping
order with a group of kindergarden children who were only going up part
of the way. They
all had blue T shirts and their names on a
large card hung around their necks.Jaime was well known to the teachers.He was a dreamy little kid who watched everybody else being
lifted on to
the tram and was last on.When
off (right) he watched everyone and had to be told to
get up.The teachers knew all about Jaime.
Two trams were in operation at
the time of our visit.
del Funicular is a somewhat tired funicular which takes people to an
amusement park at Tibidabo. When we first arrived a car was
marooned just short of the station with lots of maintenance workers
poking and prodding it. We went off for a beer and it had been
fixed by the time we were ready to ride.
T4 tramway from Ciutadella/Vila Olimpica to
Estacia de Sant Adria.