Tramway of roses

Linnégatan in Limhamn, Malmö.
Linnégatan in Limhamn, Malmö.

It is still gray weather with sleet on Tuesday and Wednesday that quickly disappeared except in the shadows. On Saturday it snowed and there is still a very thin and spotty cover on the ground with frosty walkways and roads when I write this on sunday night.

The witch hazel and the winter aconite is in flower and there are buds on the Christmas rose.

The picture above is from Linnégatan in Limhamn in southwest Malmö. The carpets in the middle of the street are winter cover for roses. Once upon a time (not that long ago) there was a tramway running in the middle of the street from the beach to the middle of the city. It was called the tramway of roses and was demolished in 1973. The roses are still three as a memory of the tramway and still divide the driving lanes.

When I was young and went to school in town I was always happy to miss the tramway and take the bus that usually was driven behind the tramway to accommodate all the young people travelling to school. The trams were packed as sardines but on the bus you got sitting space and could travel in comfort. Nowadays some people feel romantic about trams but I am not in favour of them. It is easier to navigate the streets without trams, you need turning points for the trams and the streets of today are not built with space for trams, not even the streets that once had trams but very little car traffic. I say stick with buses. A good solution is to power the buses with electricity where it is possible and drive with gas where the lines end. In that way public transport still will be flexible. For a picture of the tram that I took in the early 1970s look here.

More pictures on Our World Tuesday and Skywatch Friday.

Witch hazel
Witch hazel

 

Snow remained in the shadows before it snowed again.
Snow remained in the shadows before it snowed again.
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4 thoughts on “Tramway of roses

    1. Thank you! The roses are still there as a memory but the streets are too narrow for both cars and trams nowadays. But when I was a child there was a refug on both sides of the partition in the middle. But I think the walkway was narrower then than it is today. I wish you a good weekend!

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  1. I like trams. When I first came to Kazan, Russia I’ve seen a lot of tramlines being demolished. Now, there’s only one tramway that goes round the city. Other places are only accessible by buses and cars nowadays. Your pictures are beautiful.

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