Remembering Karachi Tramway

Owais Mughal of All things Pakistan has written a very interesting post on the Karachi Tramway. Tracing the ninety year history of urban transport in Karachi from 1885-1975, the article cites the fading memories of the old Karachi’s transport facilities that now remain in the form of old photos, maps and decaying landmarks.

The video included at the end of the article shows a tram moving on the streets of Karachi. It was interesting to note that the rickshaw shown in the shoot (circa 1960) is almost the same we still see in Karachi these days. The creature has not only kept its relevance in our daily lives but also kept its form.

8 Comments so far

  1. Imran (unregistered) on September 16th, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

    Bravo! Metroblogging at its best!
    Thanks Tee Emm :)

  2. zee (unregistered) on September 16th, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

    Agree with Imran! This is what MetroBlog should look like. Posts rich with useful info regarding Karachi and lesser politically biased posts from a**ho***.

    Good observation Tee Emm! The rickshaw looks the same. They should have taken them off when they took off the trams. Oh btw, trams were not there when I was born so I don’t remember them though the senior citizens would I guess and they’d love this post too.

    With the inclusion of CNG rickshaws, I HOPE that the current pathetic, noise making, pollution spreading rickshaws will die for good.

  3. Olde_Tyme_Karachiite (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 1:24 am

    Thank you for posting. I used to catch the tram at Cantt Station and get off at Cafe Subhani, and walk to St. Paul’s along the Fleet Club road. It was a looong walk during the hot summer months. OTK

  4. Umair H MIrza (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 11:00 am


  5. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 11:32 am

    It reminded me of school days at cantt public school. Taking tram all the way upto garden road bunder road intersection on fridays.

    :) very refreshing post exclusive to Karachi :)

    MB – Be happy Tram was never in Lahore :)

  6. AJ (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 11:43 am

    I used to ride them between Donsohall and Saddar at least three times a week and the fare was “Ek Aana”. We used to call them Tram not “Tramway” Thanks for the post

  7. dan (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

    AWESOME post!! Probably my favorite this year on KMB! Will we get to see more like this? — this really made my day :)

  8. Balma (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

    There were plans in late 70s to put a high rise on the site of tram depot on Bander Road (cross street – Garden Road). I think the building was advertised as Jason Center (?).

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