How Stockholm developed a world class Transportation Network?

SL
Stockholm Lokaltrafik

A time pass visit to Spårvagsmuseet, the Transport Museum of Stockholm, with Vajresh Balaji, has turned out to be a day of Inspiration and big time knowledge about Transport history of Stockholm.

Spårvagsmuseet

The entrance to the museum

A few words about the museum,

1. The entry costs 25 SEK for students, children and senior citizens. Otherwise its 50 SEK. (Trust me, the value is more than the cost!)

2. Request an audio guide at the reception, which is completely free of cost. It is designed ergonomically with in built RFID where you just need to show in proximity to the designated number in the information boards of different places.

Audio guide with in built RFID

Audio guide with in built RFID

3. They have the entire collection of artefacts from Horse driven carriages to the last design of the tunnel train, with simulators and refurbished old coaches where people can step into and can feel how it was in the past.

Coming to the point,

Though its a world known fact that today, today’s Stockholm is well connected by land and water with a lot of variations which includes, Metro (Tunnelbana), Commuter trains (Pendelt√•g), Trams (Tv√§rbanan/Sp√•rvagn, Roslagsbanan), Bus (Buss), Ferry(B√•t), it all started with Horse drawn carriages.

I'm now a driver of a horse drawn coach!

I’m now a driver of a horse drawn coach!

In early 19th century, with simple horse drawn carriages, later design improvements were made in the design and coaches were developed. The comfort level of the passengers were carefully considered in each stage of expansion, and accordingly there were many ideas implemented, at the right time.

In a medieval context.

In a medieval context.

Intricate planning was done continuously, taking into account the increasing population of the city and the improving technologies. 

Waiting at a

Waiting at a “carriage” stop

The coaches were later improved, incorporating steam power and in the end of 19th century, electric motors started to come into picture.

no card

A concept showing how stores in stations looked some 30-40 years back. But I was sad that this lady did not accept card payments :/

Some innovations were also made during the world war, when the availability of fuel was very less, during which generator gas from Charcoal was used to power the IC engines.

Hey! Stop, show me your driving License! Well, I guess this does not happen often in Sweden :D

Hey! Stop, show me your driving License! Well, I guess this does not happen often in Sweden ūüėÄ

With the enormous expansion of the city, the transports were moved underground during the 1930’s . The trams were simply operated underground. The existing trams/coaches were then replaced with more sophisticated trolley buses.

Trolley Buses

Trolley Buses

During 1950s, commuter trains were developed, and many lines were created, connecting more places, with more improved trains.

This is what happens when I don't obey the traffic rules :P

This is what happens when I don’t obey the traffic rules ūüėõ

Today, Stockholm stands a testimony to perfect planning of public transportation and traveller’s comfort.

Ha ha, this does not happen in Sweden, as the infrastructures are always planned properly!

Ha ha, this does not happen in Sweden, as the infrastructures are always planned properly!

Sometimes, we need to look back, to gauge the future!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s