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Tram Services Singapore


A tram or a trolley car is a vehicle which runs on rails. The rails are laid on the streets and share the road with other road transports. Although trams have vanished from of the places where they used to exist before, recently they are coming back. Trams are a popular mode of transportation which includes public from all strata of society. The trams move faster than the buses and create less noise pollution.

During the industrial Revolution of the 19th Century Europe exported machinery through large steamships. Singapore's place in the trade world was established in 1869 due to the opening of the Suez Canal. A dock was built at New Harbor in Singapore and with the arrival of steam trams the cargoes could be transported between Singapore-New Harbor and the area surrounding Singapore River.

Many places in Singapore got the approval of constructing tramways. The Prospectus of the tram company came out on December 8th, 1883. With 14 trams and the laying of the initial rails on 7th April 1885, the foremost service started from May 3rd, 1886.The other means of conveyance were cheaper than the trams. Even the first class fares of 10 cents and second class fares of 6 cents did not attract the passengers to board the trams. After the many attempts of the Directors of the company, the Tanjong Pagar Docks Company bought the tramway on auction at $ 186, 000. But the service of the steam trams ended on June 1st, 1894.

The Singapore Tramways Limited got its registration under a UK based company in London in 1901and the laying down of the tramways which were meant to be run on electric, started in 1902. In 1905 a Power Station was also constructed by the company in Mackenzie Road to supply electricity to the trams. 50 trams were put on the service on July 24th, 1905 but the fares of the three classes were very high. The popularity of the trams grew with the increasing trade of Singapore and the decrease in fares. The company made a profit of about ? 134 in 1909 but again during 1921 the company made yearly losses of about ?50, 000 due to need of replacement of the entire way and the generators.

The Shangai Electric Construction Company supported the tram company with their advice and there was a growth of about 235% in the number of passengers due to the corrected fares and reconstructed trams. But in spite of the profits unexpectedly the commissioners rejected to lengthen the concessions due to their embarrassment on watching the worn out roads beside the new tram tracks. In 1926 the Singapore Electric Tramways Limited was finally defunct and changed to Singapore Traction Company Limited. The trams gradually were replaced by the trolley buses. For those interested in trying the tram services Singapore operates tram buses that travel around Suntec City, Marina Centre, Clarke Quay, Raffles Hotel, the Singapore River, the Central City and the Orchard Road shopping belt. The tickets can be purchased on the trolley bus itself or at the hotel concierges. Adults will be charged S $ 9 per day and a child S $ 7.

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