I imagine anyone who has visited Istanbul has walked down İstiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue) and has heard the clanging bell and seen the red livery of the old trams. In the 19th-century a traditional tram trundled along for a mile connecting Taksim Square with Galatasaray and Tünel Square The tram was taken out of service in 1961 and replaced by buses. However, in 1990, after İstiklal Caddesi became a pedestrian zone, the tram was restored as a heritage service.
Wandering around side streets near Tünel Square we came across this maintenance shed and tram 410 was undergoing a small repair. As far as I can discover this is a circa 1912 – 1924 Brill tram made in Philadelphia.
Here is a larger version
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rbassin (18497) 2014-02-18 10:07
Une bonne composition, cet ancien tram a fière allure dans sa couleur rouge. Bons effets de la lumière.
ktanska (24926) 2014-02-18 10:55
This one is just splendid! On my visit to Istanbul I was in fact looking for the tram depot, and it wasn't hard to find, just follow the rails. But my photos were ruined by patchy sunlight making overexposed spots. I mean worse ones than those on the foreground.
So I'm very glad on your behalf. This is quite successful, including that easygoing guard.
batalay (35745) 2014-02-18 11:03
I see that you were in Istanbul in September 2010 (I think I was there for a visit at the same time). But what I took for granted, a visitor to the city addressed as an interesting novelty. You probably know, however, that "tünel" refers to the cable car tunnel connecting Karaköy (next to Galata Köprüsü) and Galata Square. It's a very steep climb, and the tünel makes life bearable for people who want to ascend that steep hill from Karaköy to Istiklal Caddesi.
Excellent shot, especially in the larger version.
williewhistler (14611) 2014-02-18 14:09
echoes of a bygone, more sedate age here with the bright red tram nicely outlined against darkness of the workshop.
Not a photo opportunity to let slip by,well spotted.
Kind regards Les.
carlo62 (33803) 2014-02-18 15:42
purtroppo non sono stato a Istanbul, la vedo attraverso le foto dei tanti membri che l'hanno fotografata anche per me.
Bella la storia di questo tram, ogni tanto qualcuno riesce a fare qualcosa di buono :)
PS grazie per le tue parole
jjcordier (76858) 2014-02-18 22:34
Jolie photo de ce vieux tram coloré. J'aime le détail des reflets dans la vitre.
emka (79926) 2014-02-18 23:44
These red tram on İstiklal Caddesi are really great fun and I couldn't resist temptation to post a photo of it. But you found something original, this maintenance shed and even the driver. Excellent composition.
Warm regrads MAlgo
adidas5nb (5413) 2014-02-19 0:01
love tram shots from around the world.and this one looks so elegant and beautiful.great color and elements on it.
dkmurphys (50030) 2014-02-19 1:55
Attractive portrait of this old tram. Love it, simple and beautiful image.
Sergiom (61172) 2014-02-19 5:49
Je présume que l'on se trouve dans les garages pour les trams. Un bel espace pour les mécaniciens qui doivent travailler en dessous de la bête.J'aime aussi l'attitude très détendue du gardien.
timecapturer (49286) 2014-02-19 6:01
a wonderfully detailed shot of this beautiful old tram. They do not make transport so characterful and lovable as this nowadays. Exquisite detail in this shot and superbly managed light. Bet Daniel likes this one!
Regards - B.
Royaldevon (30237) 2014-02-19 11:13
Are we suckers for a bit of nostalgia!
I love this, just as I loved the old Leyland buses in Malta!
The colour just could not have been better.
By capturing the front view, you have photographed the part with a face! It definitely looks like a character from a Disney cartoon! What could be more endearing!
The reflections in the front window add some contextual details, besides the obvious details that we have of the tram shed.
Yes, a shot that any self-respecting photographer just could not have resisted!
My warm regards,
HimalAnda (9816) 2014-02-19 12:24
This is a nice red tramway. It looks like the tramway I have seen in Lisbon.
The light management is very good, the sharpness perfect: we can see many details on the tramway.
tyro (20696) 2014-02-20 2:34
What with my interest in all old machinery, I love this one and it reminds me so much of the vintage trams which ply between Soller and its Port in western Mallorca.
A lovely front-on view of this lovely old tramcar with glorious bright colours and your usual exquisite attention to detail. The man on the left looks more like a proud driver or conductor rather than a mechanic who has just climbed up the ladder from the inspection pit below the tram itself after applying handfuls of grease to the axles.
A very interesting shot which you have captured perfectly despite the lighting conditions and obviously high contrasts.
subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2014-02-20 2:41
hello, it is indeed a nice catch. I like tram riding despite of it's slow run. I like your composition with the tram which is rich with vibrant red colour. Excellent photo quality. Tfs.
mirosu (14532) 2014-02-20 18:18
Excellent tram close-up photo with very nice red color, perfect light, very good clarity. The view up is excellent and the tram driver (?) adds nice contrast to the scene. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions. Well done.
Very well done.
williamcoombs1 (363) 2014-02-25 7:15
I've been enjoying the tremendous gallery of photos that you have posted. I especially appreciate the incredible diversity in your work.
This photo is marvelous - I find the tight crop so appealing: all attention is immediately brought to the car and the worker, and then, secondarily, to the nuances of reflection and shadow. Terrific.