This is the "Orange Express" or "Tranvia" - a vintage electric tramcar system which links the western Mallorcan town of Sóller with its port, Port de Sóller some 5 Km distant. The trams provide a leisurely way for tourists as well as locals to travel between the towns and the journey is leisurely and relaxing as the tramcars pass through orange and lemon groves on the way. €5 each way and well worth every penny (or cent)!
Mallorca’s first electric tram line was inaugurated, running between Sóller and the Port of Sóller on 4th October of 1913. Construction of the Sóller tram began after the building of the Palma to Sóller railway line. The project for the tram line was designed and directed by Pedro Garau, and 4868 metres of track were laid. One outstanding feature of it is the iron bridge over the Torrent Major which was constructed by Maquinista Terrestre y Marítima. Initially the tram had an electric power station located in the Sóller station. The station was fed by a 65 horsepower "explosion" engine which worked a Siemens-Schuckert dynamo, providing a continuous 600 volt current.
Although the Sóller tram was designed for the transport of passengers, it was also used to transport merchandise down to the port. Fresh fish was carried from the Port to Sóller in a small isothermal car and coal was taken to the former military submarine base in the Port of Sóller and the “El Gas” factory on trailers; mines and torpedoes were also transported from the Caubet magazine.
The three motor trams, numbered 1 to 3, and their trailers 5 and 6 are the originals, dating from 1912, ordered from Carde & Escoriaza in Zaragoza. The open ‘jardinera’ trailers were acquired from Palma trams in 1954. The Sóller tramway also has five motor trams from Lisbon, numbered 20 to 24 and re-gauged to fit the 914 mm track gauge.
Here, Tramcar 21 has just stopped near the harbour at Port de Sóller and its passengers are about to disembark.
You can see a larger version of this picture here.
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HimalAnda (9620) 2014-02-25 23:20
This is a nice and colorful picture of this old tramway.
jhm (139200) 2014-02-26 1:01
Also in Belgium have we yet much trams, the most beautiful project is the coast tram between Knokke against the Netherlands border too De Panne against the French border, 63 km completely along the Belgian coast.
Becomes a lot use through older people as day trip to drink a good cup of coffee in an other city, use free above the 65 year of the tram.
Your angle create depth and perspective.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
dkmurphys (49262) 2014-02-26 1:22
Very attractive presence on the street. I like this kind of old trams. Well seen, have a good day.
holmertz (41017) 2014-02-26 1:34
A tramcar couldn't possibly be brighter than this, and the narrow street makes it even more eye-catching. I like the thick foliage of the trees that increase the cosy atmosphere of the street, and I enjoy watching the old man crossing the street. The colours are wonderfully well saturated, yet looking entirely natural.
jjcordier (76344) 2014-02-26 1:47
Trčs bonne photo de ce tramway rouge orangé qui ne date pas d'hier!
lousat (76870) 2014-02-26 1:57
Hi John,this tram remember me my Milano in the 1960...ehehe....great capture,this bright red warm up the composition,i like your choice of point of view and the absolutely perfect quality,very interesting note too about this century-old tram line.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Royaldevon (29563) 2014-02-26 2:12
This is a cracker of a shot!
The vibrant coloured tram is filling the frame with its presence and quite rightly so! It is sharp, it is interesting, it is unusual and it is eyeing me! (Cyclops like!)
I like how the rails enter from the corner and the whole composition draws the eyes inwards.
I love the detail of the man on the right. I wonder if he is a British visitor ... prepared for all weather conditions with his brolly!
Have a great day,
timecapturer (48706) 2014-02-26 3:22
do you know I have no recollection of these trams on my visit to Soller. Must have been hung-over or just did not visit the right part of town. However now I have seen this wonderful shot feel like I missed something special. So much clarity and detail in this one too! Looks magic and the trip to savour. Excellent!
saxo042 (37562) 2014-02-26 8:25
A very strong red eye-catcher here! This old tram looks like those in New Orleans. I guess it is old because it is reliable, it can probably be in use many years from now. Not like those Italian trams newly bought in Gothenburg, destroyed by rust even before they have been taken in use...
Silvio1953 (122183) 2014-02-26 8:26
Ciao John, lovely composition with fantastic tram, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
macjake (56538) 2014-02-27 10:27
you know what this reminds me of?
it actually looks like it's in 3D, its totally
my other favorite part of the photo is the strange blue color on top of the rail car and the rust/blue paint on the iron behind the tram.
wonderful exposure and colors, super clear - technically is an A+
and yeah, I read your message about Madagascara, very interesting indeed. Glad you accompanied your daughter, i'm sure she appreciated that.
Guess I won't be making any travel plans there any time soon!
COSTANTINO (55482) 2014-02-27 13:06
impressisve colorful shot welldone and wellseen
the greenery creates a dynamic natural background
nice natural framing
delpeoples (53009) 2014-02-28 18:05
Ciao caro Giovanni
Why is it that European countries can make their public transport look so characteristic and attractive? I think our State Rail needs to go take some lessons from the Spaniards. A beautiful crisp, vivid image. Good choice the vertical tight frame, aswell as the surround motorcycles that also seem to be naturally framing the tram. Nice work!
I hope you're enjoying your weekend
annjackman (19603) 2014-02-28 23:53
The first thing that struck me was that amazing quality. There is plenty to enjoy in the image but what I think is really clever is having the man holding the orange umbrella that fills the shadow area wonderfully. What a super way to travel in this place.
Kind Regards, Ann
mesutilgim (84314) 2014-03-01 5:56
Very nice capture with good layout and graphism. Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and bave a nice weekend
mkamionka (30618) 2014-03-05 11:44
lovely eye catching color of the tram. It works very well here and together with the blue sky it makes feel like on holidays. I see you are missing sun too and come back to photos from holiday destinations to cheer up.
Very well done!
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20424)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-25 17:03