The capital of Italy, Rome, once used to have the most extensive tram network of all Italy, but unfortunately today only some
remnants remain. The tram system is maintained and operated by ATAC, Agenzia per i Trasporti Autoferrotranviari del Comune di Roma,
which is a communal agency under control of the city council. There are currently six lines left whose key point of operations is
Porta Maggiore where four lines meet. The total length of the system is today only 36km.
There are currently four types of trams in use in Rome and this is the oldest type. This tram type was designed during World War II
based on a previous type from 1937. A prototype was built in 1942 and the first series of these trams (50 trams) was built in 1948-49.
A further series of eight similar trams was built in 1953. This one on the picture, no. 7015 is one of the early ones of the first
series, probably dating back to 1948. The trams have been modernised though. For example the pantograph on the roof is much younger.
But judging today, the tram looks like being more modern than it is. Very few cities in the world had this kind of trams in the late
1940s or early 1950s. Of course for today's demands it is old and outdated.
Picture from Piazza Thorwaldsen 11.1.2019 by Ilpo Ruissalo.