Aug 31, 2011

Portuguese Electric Tram Google Doodle

Portuguese Google celebrates the 110th anniversary of the first electric line in Lisbon.

On the morning of 31 August 1901, the first power-driven line, stretching from Cais do Sodré to Ribamar (Algés) was switched on. Citing a newspaper of the time "the inauguration of the power-driven tram line met with universal praise from the crowds of people who had gathered to see the great improvement, the luxury and elegance of the carriages, the comfort provided for the passengers and the speed at which they travelled. 

By 1905 the whole network was electrified and the "Americans" (vehicles pulled by animals) had disappeared from Lisbon streets.

The "Americans"

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