Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS welcomes everyone to a big party at 12:00 on Saturday, 26 August, at the Kopli tram depot (Kopli 118) to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the first tram going into service.
According to Kaido Padar, member of the TLT board, the party will include a range of enticing activities and an exciting programme for the whole day. “The tram is an important part of the past, present and future of our historic city. Therefore, the 135th birthday of rail transport deserves a lively and fun celebration, which is what we are going to be doing on Saturday alongside our residents,” said Padar.
The party starts at 10:30 with a parade of vintage vehicles heading from the Vana-Lõuna tram circuit to Kopli. It features such rarities as the T-11 special tram from 1936, followed by the horsecar tram carriage renovated in 1988 with the TLT’s own brass band. The parade also features T-4, the rail-grinding and track-cleaning tram, built in 1951 at the Ilmarine factory, the shunting tram from 1963, the rail-grinding and track-cleaning tram from 1965 and several other rare and beautiful trams. Anyone interested is welcome to come and take a look at the vintage vehicles on the streets.
The Kopli depot will open its doors to city residents at 12:00, where they will be able to explore the old, dignified trams as well as the trams in use today, both from the inside and outside. A film will be shown inside the depot. While riding the tram, you can also pass through the tram wash. Specially made vouchers will be distributed for this event, which can be marked with nostalgic composters as well as the Tram 135 anniversary print, which features an overview of the impressive history of the Tallinn tram network.
The festive mood will be kept up by the concert programme on stage in the outdoor area of the depot, featuring a number of musicians, in whose honour the music trams serving Tallinn residents have been named.
At 12:00, the TLT brass band will kick off the concert.
At 12:30, accordion maestro Heino Tartes will perform with his friends.
At 13:30, the Ellerhein children’s choir chamber ensemble will sing.
At 14:30, crowd favourite Anne Veski will take to the stage.
At 15:15, Kaur-Erik Pääsuke will perform Jaak Joala’s songs.
At 16:00, a surprise performer will take to the stage, ending the day with a bang.
In addition to interesting activities at the depot and an enjoyable concert programme, historical tram tours will depart from Kopli’s final stop, organised by TLT in cooperation with the Tallinn City Museum. You can register for the tour on the museum’s website www.linnamuuseum.ee
The whole programme is free of charge for Tallinn residents.