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Definition: Tram

The British term for a streetcar or trolley car is "Tram" and the system on which it operates is referred to as a "Tramway." These terms are also used by virtually all English-speakers outside of North America, and are also used in French, Dutch, and occasionally in German.

Many British trams were double deck, so the term may have a connotation of this type of car, but in fact the term tram has exactly the same meaning as streetcar or trolley car.

A line of double deck trams in Glasgow, Scotland in the 1940s.


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