Details: Tram 120

A 2Bangkok.com exclusive--a series of closeup photos of all the design and mechanical details of Bangkok Tram 120.


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'120' on one of the interior wooden supports.


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Some interior placards or notices have been removed.


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Headlight on the front of the tram.


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Driving gear at the front of the tram.


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The left dial controls speed and the right handle controls forward or backward motion.


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Rear driving gear

Reiner reports: The "controller" has essentially two handles, the small one "switching on" (and had always to be removed when the driver left the car) and for controlling forward and backward, the big one for notching up the speed or activating the brake. In traditional trams the electric brake would slow down the car to a certain extend, but for the final arrest, the big hand brake had to be used.


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Above the rear driving gear is some control mechanism for the overhead power lines.

Reiner reports: As to tram no 120 (I have many earlier photos when it was not in such a dilapidated condition), I should come back to you with some more detail. That contraption under the ceiling on the vestibule is a "circuit breaker" which cuts off the power in case of overload. Too fast acceleration, steep mountain (not a problem in Bangkok, of course, but may be some of the humpy bridges). That thing next to it is what remains of the bell, activated by the conductor by pulling a string for stopping and/or going.


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Despite being the most complete tram we have ever visited, it is also rotting away.


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Tram wheels


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Leaf springs


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The beautiful interior with a tram stop sign in the background (the red triangle).

Reiner reports: That hinged and movable gate in the interior, as you might know, separated 1st from second class (sections of 2 and 3 windows respectively) and was moved at the terminal to ensure that 1st class was always at the front end of the car. The cushions, which served to make the seats "first class", where then thrown (so the story goes) by the conductor from one end to the other.


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Access panel removed in floor of the tram.


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Under the seats (you can also see this in the access panel photo above), are some lines of some kind.


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Is this the place to put tickets?


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Interior tram lights


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Probably the switches for the interior tram lighting

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