Calcutta Horse-Drawn Tram – Old Photo 1880

This is an old 1880 photo of Calcutta or Kolkata’s horse-drawn tram. Calcutta was introduced to horse-drawn trams in 1873. The first service was between Sealdah and Armenian Ghat Street. By 1902 electric trams replaced horse-drawn trams in Calcutta. This photo features Old Court House Street of Kolkata. Check the enlarged view the board reads “Clive St to Kali Ghaut.”

Shown also are several British business establishments- Ranken & Co, Rosier, Harry Clark, F. W. Baker & Co, and son. This same image also appears on the “Tramways of Kolkata” India Post’s first-day cover of 2005. Which also is in my collection see images in this post. In India Bombay was the other city with the horse-drawn trams.

See post- Mumbai Horse-Drawn Tram – Old Print 1897. Read also- Trams in Kolkata.

Did you know- in the 1900s Steam-powered trams were introduced in Kolkatta for six months but failed to take off because of frequent maintenance problems. 

From the collection- Antique Print-Plan Of The Fort At Coylan c1764.,  Old Postcard Bangalore St Andrews Church., Vintage Book 1967 – Kerala A Portrait Of The Malabar Coast., Princely State of Cochin And Harbour – Old Map 1833.,  Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph c1894

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.


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11x9 inch

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Bourne & Shepherd