View from inside an old Tramway Carriage

Tramway Museum Zürich

View from inside an old Tramway Carriage

While I knew there is a tramway museum in Zürich, it took many years for me to visit it. This Saturday we finally went. The museum is not very big, it basically occupies an old tram depot, but has a wide collection of old tramways, most of them in very good condition. There is also an inspection gallery which lets you look at the underside of one of the vehicles. Old parts and explanations about the city network and multiple play areas complete the exhibit.

What I found interesting is that the current network grew out of a set of disjoint, private companies, in the same way the swiss railway network was the merger of multiple train companies. There is also a model of the Zürich subway project, which got killed in a popular vote, but whose already built tunnels were reused for the S4 and the S10 and the 7 tramway line (old post about this in french).

Panorama View from the first floor in the Tram Musesum

Tram-Museum Zürich
Forchstrasse 260
8008 Zürich

What I found striking is how short the first two axles tramways were. And while they were very pretty, with wooden benches and copper lamps, but they also contained many signs asking people not to spit on the floor, and giving exact pricing for breaking various part of the tramway. I also learnt that the Forchbahn used some old carriages from the tramway company in Lausanne. The last tramways ran in Lausanne in 1964.

All in all I nice small museum to visit on raining week-end.

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Mac OS X El Capitan – About Screen

Mac OS X – El Capitan

Mac OS X El Capitan – About Screen

It is funny to think that the same year Microsoft introduced Windows 10, Apple introduced the 11th version of Mac OS X, where X was supposed to stand for 10. I just installed it on my laptop, and it was one of the most boring updates I ever did – which is in my opinion a very good thing: I barely noticed that the system was changed, my application seem to still run the same.

Mac OS X El Capitan – Localisation

The few interface tweaks are nice additions, mostly features ported back from iOS – in particular for e-mail. I liked the new internationalization options, they finally let me set up the computer with the options I want, even if they are a bit crazy.

There are many small tweaks, I love the way terminal now displays password prompts for sudo, I have to play around with a new OSC escape sequence introduced in terminal. It lets (I think) the shell communicate the current working directory to the terminal, so new tabs are opened in the same directory.

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