July 18, 2016

2652 CROATIA (Primorje-Gorski Kotar) - An old tram in Opatija

The Opatija tram line was planned in 1892 as a steam driven tramway line from Matulji to Volosko, but this concept was not accepted due to complaints by the hotel industry fearing the smoke and noise generated by steam locomotives, which would disturb their guests. The preliminary work for an electric tramway started in 1900. The concession for building this 12 kilometer long track was issued on February 9, 1906 and the tramway went into operation on February 9, 1908.

The line was descending from Matulje at the elevation of 212 meters to the sea level on the coast. The luggage was transported in separate wagons. In the summer they used open wagons to carry the public through Opatija. The tramway line was closed on March 31, 1933 and the next day the public transportation was conducted using Consorzio Intercomunale Servizi Automobilistici Fiume-Abbazia busses. The tracks were removed and some of the wagons were sold to Ljubljana.

About the stamp
The stamp is one of the two issued for Europa Stamps 2016, about which I wrote here.

Trams in Opatija - Wikipedia

Sender: Marius Vasilescu
Sent from Optaija (Primorje-Gorski Kotar / Croatia), on 17.06.2016

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