The first weather related theme tram in Guangdong hit the rails on September 28 and will continue running for three months. The tram runs regularly between Canton Tower and Wanshengwei.
The special tram consists of four carriages with windows painted with pictures and information on weather related issues. Among the themes depicted are common meteorological phenomena in Guangzhou, such as heat waves, haze, typhoons, thunderstorms, rainstorms and gales.
On the same day the weather themed tram began rolling, typhoon Megi, the 17th typhoon of 2016, made landfall in Quanzhou city, Fujian Province, in eastern China. The tram was not deterred by the typhoon and still can run safely in inclement weather.
Because the tram rail was built with drainage functions, and its electrical equipment and charger are placed on top of the tram, the cars run normally even in heavy rains.
The tram also has a lightning rod on its highest point, which protects the tram from being hit by lightning. Nonetheless, the tram runs slowly in fresh gales and stops running entirely in strong gales - despite its new meteorological adornments.
(By Joanna You, Louis Berney)