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 Post subject: Re: Tramways in Provence-Cote d'Azur
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:45 am 

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This next post reflects on the conditions on the tramway network in Nice in the years after the war:

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/12/28/tn ... rovence-83


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 Post subject: Re: Tramways in Provence-Cote d'Azur
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:50 pm 

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New territory for me. The now removed TAM tramway from Pont de Gueydan to Guillaumes up Les Gorges de Daluis .....

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-69

"The line from Le Pont de Gueydan north to Guillaumes followed the valley of the River Var and ran through the Gorges de Daluis.

Marc Andre Dubout, writing in French, says that the line was probably the moist daring of secondary line construction work with very steep gradients, numerous tunnels, two remarkable bridges. He comments that it is the most impressive tramway from a tourist perspective with 'unique viewpoints and singular landscapes'."

One of the bridges on this route has the distinction of being one of the earliest reinforced concrete arch structures in France.


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 Post subject: Re: Tramways in Provence-Cote d'Azur
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:52 pm 

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It was not long after the War before the tramways around Nice began an inexorable decline. The early 1930s saw the loss of many of the tram routes outside the city of Nice. Buses were the new thing as far as public transport was concerned. The car became gradually more important.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/09/th ... rovence-84


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 Post subject: Re: Tramways in Provence-Cote d'Azur
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:16 pm 

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Further decline in the urban tramway network in Nice occurred from the late 1920s into the 1930s. Buses became politically more acceptable than the trams. ... This post continues my reflections based on a translation of the work of Jose Banaudo from French into English. ...

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/10/14/th ... rovence-86

A Changing Urban Network in/around Nice

The 1930s through to the 1950s saw major changes in the urban environment. As elsewhere, the car began to dominate people understanding of progress. Other firms of transport, to a greater or lesser extent, took a secondary place. Independence, rather than interdependence, came to dominate political thinking. Strengthening democracy after the Second World War valued the perspective of the individual. By the end of the 1950s the place if the 'expert' in any debate was beginning to be challenged. No longer were people as willing to be told what was best for them. In a significant way, the car became a touchstone for that growing independence and self-confidence. The tram and the train began to be seen as part of the past rather than an important part of the future.


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 Post subject: Re: Tramways in Provence-Cote d'Azur
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:17 pm 

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I have been exploring the history of the Metre-gauge Tramways in Nice through reading a french-language book about their history. To do so, I have had to use translation software as my French has not improved beyond O-level standard!

This is the next post in the series: .....

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/08/12/th ... rovence-87


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