Istanbul nostalgic tram

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Nostalgic tram of Istanbul is the heritage tramway systems of Istanbul, Turkey. The city has two completely separate heritage tram systems, one on the European side, the another on the Asian side.

The length of the European side line is 1.6 km and there are 4 stops. It runs between Taksim and Tünel via Istiklal Caddesi. This road was formerly used by tram, bus & car. After closing the former trams in 1962, it was still used by bus & car but around 1990, this area (Beyoğlu) was considered as a heritage place. There are many old buildings and heritage shops, so the municipal authority decided to convert this area to a pedestrian zone. Buses & cars were not allowed in the area from that time. The road was resurfaced in concrete with a tactile finish. Many medium trees were planted in both the footpath and road. Many old fashioned street lamps and curved chairs were also installed. After all this, tram tracks were laid in the middle of the road as a single line, with a crossing at Galatasaray Square, where the trams from opposite directions meet and cross paths, also stopping to take on or set down passengers. There are two other stops along the route. This place is very popular mainly for tourists, so the driver must constantly ring his bell to clear the way of pedestrians, especially during the peak tourist season. Approximate passenger volume for this system is 6,000 people / day. Interchange with metro is possible at Taksim.

There are mainly two routes - European side trams run from Taksim to Tünel, and Asian side trams run from Kadikoy to Moda. But as a heritage value, European side trams uses (fictitious) route numbers 1, 2 & 3, although all routes are completely same.

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Comments (60)

Buts Yuri on November 29, 2013

Beautiful street photography! LIKE-34! Greetings from Ukraine. Yuri.

Анатолий Колосов on November 30, 2013

Потрясающе ! Отличный стоп-кадр !

Не хватает толькой известной Аннушки с маслом...:))

Шутка ! Всем не хворать !

LIKE 35 !!!

ganzilotomich, on November 30, 2013

Excelente! o clássico.:)


Jurgis Karnavicius on December 4, 2013

Thank you very much –


Mircea R.






Greetings to all,


Jurgis Karnavicius on December 6, 2013

Thank you very much -



Спасибо Толя, да вот и голова Берлиоза за кадром осталась...:))

Best regards, привет,


Stathis Chionidis on December 10, 2013

Wonderful scenery, nice view and capture.LIKE.Best wishes.Stathis

Jurgis Karnavicius on December 12, 2013

Thanks a lot Stathis, greetings, Jurgis

RNLatvian on December 12, 2013

Like! This is a very good photo! Greetings!

Jurgis Karnavicius on December 15, 2013

Thank you RNLatvian, greetings, Jurgis

Lucien Kivit on December 25, 2013

Beautiful old tram, pretty image, well captured, LIKE, Merry Christmas my friend regards Lucien

Giannino NO VIEWS on December 29, 2013

nice red wagon - L I K E - happy new year 2014 - Gianni

Tomros - Pano on January 8, 2014

beautifully composed!

excellent and complete info!

Like 39.

greetings, Tomas, toronto

Jurgis Karnavicius on January 17, 2014

Thank you very much -




Greetings, Jurgis

Lloret on January 19, 2014

Beautiful view of this tram, nice shot, LIKE, best wishes

RI@M on January 25, 2014

Very nice street photo Jurgis! I LIKE the red tram especially.

Greetings from Ria

Kath Strun on January 25, 2014

great picture! I like the old tram. Best wishes from Germany

Jurgis Karnavicius on January 25, 2014

Thanks a lot -




Best regards to all,


Jean-Pierre Pourcine… on January 31, 2014

I drove one like that,Jurgis when I was a little boy.Superb.


All the best,Jean-Pierre

Jurgis Karnavicius on February 9, 2014

Thank you so much Jean-Pierre, greetings from Vilnius, Jurgis

Lalakukk - No Views on February 20, 2014

Very nice shot of a beautiful old tramcar, like. Regards : Lala

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  • Uploaded on November 19, 2013
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    by Jurgis Karnavicius
    • Taken on 2013/11/02 10:48:14
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 50.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash