|On Carrera Septima, near Calle 21, streetwork has exposed the old Tranvia rails.|
|Tranvia rails preserved on Calle 10 and Carrera 9.|
The tranvia was first created in the 1880s, when it was pulled by horses and mules. In 1892, the wooden rails were replaced with iron ones. About 1910, electricity began replacing animal power. In April, 1948, during the Bogotazo riots, many of the railcars were pushed over and burned.
Since then, buses, often loud and polluting, have ruled the city, despite occasional plans to build a new tranvia along La Septima.
|On Carrera Septima, near where Jorge Eliecer Gaitán was assassinated, triggering the Bogotazo riots, the tranvia rails have been preserved as a memorial. The riots destroyed the tranvias.|
|El Tranvia restaurant in Chapinero, by la Iglesia de Lourdes.|
|A map of the old tranvia network, in the street on Carrera Septima. Tranvia lines extended to Chapinero to the north and to the west to Plaza España.|
|A plaque on Carrera Septima says that rich and poor rode the tranvia together, all equal as long as they could pay the fare.|
The old tranvias at work.
|The tranvias were pulled by mules and horses until about 1910, when electrification began.|
|Tranvia cars burning during El Bogotazo in April 1948.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours