We bring to you ‘The Story of a Collector’.
The Calcutta Tramways Co. Ltd was formed and registered in London on 22nd December, 1880. Trams were the brain child of the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon with a motive to ensure better public transport and better passage of goods.
The first horse drawn trams in India ran between Sealdah and Armenian Ghat Street on 24th February,1873. In 1900, electrification of the Tramways and reconstruction of tracks began.
The Calcutta Tramways Company is the oldest electric tramways in Asia as well as India’s only tram system, since 1880.
All these history would have been lost, but for this man Souvik Mukhopadhyay, the creator of the Tram Museum “SWARANIKA” and the Cafeteria located in Esplanade Tram Depot, Kolkata, in association with CTC, it has been made possible to restore and maintain the history of evolution of tram system and heritage.
As a token of appreciation , CTC has given a Letter of Acknowledgement to Souvik.
He has been working for the last 7-8 years on this project relentlessly with the support of CTC, running from pillars to post since the concept of restoring the heritage of Tramways in the evolution of public transport system struck his head.
Souvik Mukhopadhyay, the scholar of History is a collector by passion, presently working as the Assistant Producer of a leading Bengali TV Channel, is the connoisseur in collecting the age old records of historical treaty, MOUs, Events & Coins.
Delegates from Australian Tram Company on their visit to Kolkata –
As a Collector some of the pieces from his extensive collection depicting development & evolution of Tramways with an amazing story behind are being exhibited here –
1. Application of an Englishman for releasing of his Palanquin seized by Sheriff of Calcutta without notice.
2. Tickets of tram of different ages
3. Photograph of different Trams displayed in the Museum
We bring to you some of the rare pictures that has never been unfolded before.
Here are some of the Collectors Photographs that will give you an idea how the Museum was built. Happy Viewing 🙂
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We at Hobby Networking recognise this magnificent feat of this collector Souvik Mukhopadhyay and in recognition our Co-founder, Mallika Mitra, has honoured him with a plaque in the Museum.
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