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Istanbul nostalgic tram

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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