Found this video on Youtube. For me it brings back good memories of a visit with 2 of my kids some years ago to this beautiful town but besides that this is just a great video showing the old 1930's area tramcars that are until present day still service the normal daily operation (!) on a busy schedule in the sometimes ridiculous narrow streets with amazing curves and slopes.
Thank you for the video. The use of gauntlet tracks on some of the narrow streets was interesting.
In my early teens, I took a ride on the Red Arrow Lines from the suburbs into downtown Philadelphia, PA. That particular line was on private right of way, so the cars could go as fast as 55mph in some zones. The ride seemed more like a "Wild Mouse" ride at an amusement park than a trolley ride!
Do not wish to derail the thread, but curiosity has moved me to ask this question. Is the felonious art of picking pockets even practiced in the United States of America anymore? It seems to me that it has gone to the wayside because identity theft and stealing credit card information are far more lucrative.
I have to carry my credit cards in a little metal box now. That requisite was unknown fifteen years ago.
I never realized that it is such a difference between US and Europe. But as I Google around on the subject it seems you are right.
About the lucrative part of pick pocketing, there is a big difference in Europe and the US I am afraid. Due to open borders (mobility), differences in police- and justice systems between the European countries and the very mild punishments for these facts over here it is very lucrative, especially when criminal organizations use kids.
A ' local' pickpocket is almost never the case, it are well organized groups that travel from country to country.
In most cities or other spots that are visited by crowds of tourists it is indeed a big issue and I think it is the same all over Europe (south, west, east for sure, I am not sure about the Scandinavian countries...).
I had the pleasure of riding all the tram lines in Lisboa way back in the late 70's.
Just to sit there on the cars, on those seats near the front end were so much enjoyment, that I became "Adicted"....!!
I rode them all for several days...never tiring of the experience. My Girl Friend, at the time, put up with my obsession, and forgave me, when we finally took the train down to the Algarve. The train to the Algarve was great too...it was a great place back then, but tourism has taken over, and it isn't so much pleasure now, in the 2020's...too bad...but I still have the great memories.