Tram Bowling Is Now A Thing And It's Off The Rails

Forget tenpin bowling, there's a new game in town.

It's simple: a tram rolls down the track as quickly as possible to knock a huge inflatable ball -- bravely held in place by men in high-viz --  into a number of awaiting pins.


It's part of the European Tram Conductors Championships -- yes, it's a thing -- and this year was the eighth instalment of the competition which marked 150 years of the mode of transport.

Teams from 25 cities including Moscow, Istanbul, Berlin, Vienna and Manchester gathered in Brussels to compete in a number of challenges which tested their agility and stopping precision.

The drivers were forced to dodge obstacles and attempt to drive at precise speeds without a speedometer, using a wide variety of trams spanning the history of the host city's tram network.

The quirky competition was held over the weekend in front of a crowd of about 300 people. The entire thing was also live-streamed on Facebook, with live, English commentary, and attracted a massive 32,000 views.

It was a big deal and it was awesome.

Footage of the tram bowling challenge has since gone viral, with one video notching up close to three million views on Twitter. Many were confused by the whole event, but most were super into it.

And just in case you were wondering, the Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company (STIB) -- the home team -- won the overall contest.

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The next edition of the games is scheduled to take place in 2020 in Romania.

Let's see if we can get an Aussie team on board.