Location: Esplanade Tram Depot
Just Opposite to Metro Cinema and KC Das Sweets
In the midst of the Esplanade Tram Depot, the busy tram lines are converged in a triangular garden where CTC-142 stands forever. It is now a museum and cafeteria, where I enjoyed a cup of tea in the midst of history of Kolkata. Better you call Smaranika tramcar is an imitation of National Tramway Museum, located in Crich Tramway Village (Derbyshire, England).
The Calcutta Tramways Corporation showcases the 140 years historical heritage in the form of “Smaranika” which literally sounds “memorabilia”. Smaranika- tram museum housed inside an actual tram, stationed at the Esplanade Tram Depot.
The tram services of Calcutta ( Kolkata) was introduced on 24th of February of 1873, with a horse drawn tram running between Sealdah and Armenian Ghat. From that time, tram eye witnessed the historical logbook in Kolkata.
The Smaranika tramcar is officially designated CTC-142, was built in 1938. Smaranika was renovated and modified to accommodate a cafeteria in the 1st class compartment, and a tram museum in the back compartment, second class compartment.
Smaranika tramcar displays the age old and the modern equipment and gadgets used by the Calcutta Tramways Corporation over the years. Among them are the Coin Exchanger with Punch and Ticket Pockets that was used in the 1950s by conductor for giving change of correct denominations to passengers.
In Smaranika, the models of various tram cars easily allured me. There are also a large number of tram models such as the Byomkesh Bakshi Tram Car. A double-bogie wooden tram car #567 of the year 1931 was specially modified at CTC Nonapukur Workshop in the year 2013 for shooting of the Hindi film ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshi’ directed by renowned film director Dibakar Banerjee.
How to Reach
Smaranika tram museum is reachable to the public from 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm on all days except Thursdays. The Entry Fee of Smaranika tramcar is five rupees only.