Trams in Pula

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Pula electric tramway
Pula tram and railway station.jpg
Locale Pula
Transit type Tram
Began operation March 24, 1904
Ended operation June 16, 1934

Pula had an electric tram system in the early 20th century. It was built in 1904 as a part of Pula's economic crescendo during the Austro-Hungarian rule. After World War I, during the Fascist rule, the need for tram transportation declined and it was finally dismantled in 1934.


Tram on an old postcard

The trial run was completed on March 24, 1904 and the first day of regular traffic started the next day. The tracks started at the rail station. One branch traversed along the coast and Arsenal to St. Policarp where there was the depot and today there is the cement factory. The second branch passed by Marina Casino and across the center of the city along the Arena, and then again to the railroad station.

Later on they built a branch from Arena to Šiana forest. There was a plan to expand the tracks to Fažana and Vodnjan. The width of the tracks was 1,435 millimeters. After World War I, the tramway was challenged by bus lines and so on June 16, 1934 the tramway line was closed and the public transportation was taken over by the "Gattoni" bus company.