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Tram Series 1500 in 1927


The Tram always remains one of the favourites among the symbols of Milan, not only by tourists, but  also among Milanese, who always considered it the “par excellence” means of transport, and to which they are more emotionally connected, due to the fact that its history is strictly linked to the one of its city and its people.

Some trams, still out there are originals, which ATM managed to keep unaltered through time, restored and are perfectly efficient, ready to clatter through the city centre like one hundred years ago.

Thus far, these historical wagons carry on board Milanese and tourists, eager to roam and get to know the city, following a guided path that is different and unique to the city.

While sitting at a tram stop, one can clearly recognize it from its peculiar and historical clattering, both unique and pleasant.

This ATM’s tram (Municipal transport company) was designed in 1927 and became officially operational in 1928.

It was a tram machine with carts on rails, which circulated in the city of Milan and was named “Ventotto” (twenty-eight) due to the year it was inaugurated.

It came from Breda, Carminati & Toselli, Om and other factories, based on the project of the American Peter Witt.

From the very start, it encountered a great success, for its pleasant and functional line and for the simplicity of its mechanical part, for the austere but well-finished insides, considering the times, with  seats that were polished wooden benches.

In a couple of years, 500 parts of the tram were built with only lateral doors, and successively an additional double central doors was added to ease the way out for passengers. Successively, other modifications were made, but they didn’t alter the external line. 

The “Ventotto "La Ventotto” was presented in several exhibitions throughout Europe: in Brussels, Madrid and Frankfurt. It was also presented in 1983 in San Francisco where it had a peculiar success, in fact to this day some are still circulating in the city of San Francisco and Melbourne.

Initially, up to 1970, the external colours were bi tonal green and in concurrence to the traditional pole, in Milanese “perteghetta”, which the reel slid on a pulley frequently, which was the substituted by a pantograph, currently in use.

In 2008, the external colours changed completely, and became yellow cream, which would be copied subsequently by the modern trams.

A characteristic of this tram “Ventotto” was there until the 1930/31, where it had space for a post for the ticket collector, which with the advent of technology, it was substituted by an automatic validating machine, as a ticket could not be any longer be bought on board. It had to be purchased in newsagents and so on.

Currently, there are still about 165 of these trams circulating in Milan, which proves that after about 100 years, these trams are an integral part of the history of Trams and of Milan.

This model I built is white because it’s special and was used for events, advertisement, exhibition, meeting and after show. I really like this colour as it underlines in a clear way, the details of the tram itself, with internal and external finishings used in the first models. It was fascinating and challenging to build, it was made and re-made many times to seek the best proportion, according to the blocks in my possession.

The real tram measures:
Length: 13900 mm.
Width: 2350 mm.
Height: 3230 mm.

The model measures:
Length: 500 mm.
Width: 100 mm.
Height: 130 mm.
Pieces of the model: about 1250.

It is a 1:25 scale model.
I think that for LEGO it is a perfect return to the past, both for all that had the possibility to see and use it, and for the newbies who always dreamed of having one in their libraries and display cases.
As a matter of fact, I have several of your models, but I don’t have a tram. Even if I never possessed original means of transport, I have the possibility to see them in a reduced scale.

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