Trams in Alexandria

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Tram "Al Madina" in "Saad Zaghloul Square", Alexandria.

The Alexandria tramway network serves the city of Alexandria, Egypt. It consists of 38 stations. It is one of only 3 non-heritage tram systems in the world that use double-deck cars. The others are Blackpool in the UK and Hong Kong.

History[edit]

One of the small number of double-deck cars in Alexandria's fleet. All six are non-motorised control trailers.[1]

The license for building a tram conceded on 16 August 1860. The first line of the network began operating in 0n 8 January 1863. It is the oldest system running in Africa and one of the oldest in the world. The main line between Raml and Victoria stations was first horse drawn, then steam hauled and finally electrified in 1902. In addition to the Al Raml line there is an extensive network of tram lines running in the streets of central and western Alexandria.

Fare[edit]

The price of a single Tram Al Ramlh ride is uniformly L.E. 0.25, except on the single-car touristic heritage tram that runs from Boulkly to Mhatat al-Ramlh, for which fare is L.E. 1. The price of a single Tram Al Madina ride is uniformly 0.50 L.E. .

Typical single fare ticket issued for journey November 2011

Tram lines[edit]

Alexandria tramway routes
Alexandria tram map at Ramlh terminus - Nov 2011

The tram transportation system in Alexandria consists of two systems:

Tram Al Ramlh[edit]

Al Ramlh trams cars are characterized by their blue and cream livery.

Route 1 serves the following stations:[2]

  1. El Nasr (Victoria)
  2. Al Seyouf
  3. Sidi Beshr
  4. El Saraya.
  5. Laurent Louran
  6. Tharwat
  7. San Stefano
  8. Gianaklis.
  9. Schutz
  10. Safar
  11. Abou Shabana aka Baccos
  12. Al Karnak
  13. Al Wezara (The Ministry).
  14. Isis Bolkly Bulkley.
  15. Roushdy
  16. Mohammed Mahfouz
  17. Mustafa Kamil
  18. Sidi Gaber Al Sheikh (Bus & Railway Station)
  19. Cleopatra Hammamat (Cleopatra Baths).
  20. Cleopatra El Soghra
  21. El Reyada El Kobra (Sporting El Kobra)
  22. El Reyada El Soghra (Sporting Al Soghra)
  23. Al Ibrahimiyya
  24. El Moaskar (Camp Caesar)
  25. Al Gamaa (The University).
  26. Al Shatby
  27. El Shobban El Moslemin
  28. El Shahid Moustafa Ziean
  29. Hassan Rasim (Azarita)
  30. Gamea' Ibrahim (Mosque of Ibrahim).
  31. Mahattet Al Ramleh (Ramlh Station).

Route 2 serves the following stations:

  1. El Nasr (Victoria)
  2. Al Seyouf
  3. Sidi Beshr
  4. El Saraya.
  5. Louran
  6. Tharwat
  7. San Stefano
  8. Kasr El Safa (Zizini (Al Safa Palace).
  9. Al Fonoun Al Gamella (The Fine Arts).
  10. Ramsis (Glym or Gleem)
  11. El Bostan (Saba Pasha)
  12. Al Hedaya (The Guidance).
  13. Isis Bolkly
  14. Roushdy
  15. Mohammed Mahfouz
  16. Mustafa Kamil
  17. Sidi Gaber El Mahata
  18. Cleopatra (Zananere)
  19. El Reyada El Kobra (Sporting El Kobra)
  20. El Reyada El Soghra (Sporting Al Soghra)
  21. Al Ibrahimiyya
  22. El Moaskar (Camp Chezar)
  23. Al Gamaa (The University).
  24. Al Shatby
  25. El Shobban El Moslemin
  26. El Shahid Moustafa Ziean
  27. Hassan Rasim (Azarita)
  28. Gamea' Ibrahim (Mosque of Ibrahim).
  29. Mahattet Al Ramlh (Ramlh Station).

Route 25(Red and Yellow Tram) runs on both Tram Al Ramlh and Tram El Medina tracks and serves the following stations:

  1. Sidi Gaber Al Sheikh (Bus & Railway Station)
  2. Cleopatra Hammamat (Cleopatra Baths).
  3. Cleopatra El Soghra
  4. El Reyada El Kobra (Sporting El Kobra)
  5. El Reyada El Soghra (Sporting Al Soghra)
  6. Al Ibrahimiyya
  7. El Moaskar (Camp Chezar)
  8. Al Gamaa (The University).
  9. Al Shatby
  10. El Shobban El Moslemin
  11. El Shahid Moustafa Ziean
  12. Hassan Rasim (Azarita)
  13. Gamea' Ibrahim (Mosque of Ibrahim).
  14. Mahattet Al Ramlh (Ramlh Station).
  15. Al Mahkama (المحكمة) (The Courts).
  16. El Matafi (El Tahreer Sq).
  17. El Koweri.
  18. El Kahwet Farouk.
  19. Abu El Abbas. (Mosque)
  20. El nokrashi
  21. El-Anfoushi (Citadel of Qaitbay)
  22. Kasr El Thakafa.
  23. El Haggary.
  24. Kahwet Annah
  25. Maktabet Susan Mubarak.
  26. Ras El Tin. (Routes 6 and 21 terminate here)

Route 36(Red and Yellow Tram) runs on both Tram Al Ramlh and Tram El Medina tracks and serves the following stations:

  1. San Stefano
  2. Glanaklis.
  3. Shods
  4. Safar
  5. Abou Shabana aka Baccos
  6. Al Karnak
  7. Al Wezara (The Ministry).
  8. Isis Bolkly
  9. Roushdy
  10. Mohammed Mahfouz
  11. Mustafa Kamil
  12. Sidi Gaber El Mahata
  13. Cleopatra (Zananere)
  14. El Reyada El Kobra (Sporting El Kobra)
  15. El Reyada El Soghra (Sporting Al Soghra)
  16. Al Ibrahimiyya
  17. El Moaskar (Camp Chezar)
  18. Al Gamaa (The University).
  19. Al Shatby
  20. El Shobban El Moslemin
  21. El Shahid Moustafa Ziean
  22. Hassan Rasim (Azarita)
  23. Gamea' Ibrahim (Mosque of Ibrahim).
  24. Mahattet Al Ramlh (Ramlh Station).
  25. Al Mahkama (The Courts).
  26. El Matafi (El Tahreer Sq).
  27. El Koweri.
  28. El Kahwet Farouk.
  29. Abu El Abbas. (Mosque)
  30. El nokrashi
  31. El-Anfoushi (Citadel of Qaitbay)
  32. Kasr El Thakafa.
  33. El Haggary.
  34. Kahwet Annah
  35. Maktabet Susan Mubarak.
  36. Ras El Tin. (Routes 6 and 21 terminate here)

Tram Al Madina[edit]

Characterised with its yellow colour except for routes 25 & 36 these are red and yellow.

There are 16 routes on this network.

1. Nozha - El Khedewi- Metras.

2. Noxha - El Shohadaa - Karmouz.

3. Metras - El Sabaa Banat - St Cathrine.

4. Moharam Bek - Abi El Dardaa - St Cathrine Square.

6. Moharam Bek - El Khedewi - El Gomork - Ras El Tin.

7. Nozha - El Khedewi - El Max - El Wardian.

9. El Shohadaa - El Khedewi - Metras - El Max.

10. Nozha - El Shohadaa - El Shbaa Banat.

11. Nozha - Moharam Bek - El Shohadaa.

15. Ramlh - El Sayed Karaiem - Ras El Tin.

16. Karmouz - Abi El Dardaa - St Cathrine Square. (Serapeum & Pompey's Pillar)

18. Nozha - Abi El Dardaa - St Cathrine Square.

19. El Shohadaa - El Khedewi - Metras - El Max.

21. Metras - Bab El Karasta - Gomrok - Ras El Tin.

25. Sidi Gaber - El Matafi. (Bus & Railway Station)

36. Ras El Tin - San Stefano.

An Al Madina line tram

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dussart Desart, Roland; and Mike Russell (March 2005). "Egypt: Four tramways are now five!" (Part 2: Alexandria). Tramways & Urban Transit, pp. 96–99. Light Rail Transit Association (UK).
  2. ^ Spelling of names are from Alexandria Passenger Transporting Authority route boards displayed at each station. One side is in English the other in Arabic.

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