Story: Bush trams and other log transport

Horse team

Horse team

In the 19th century most bush tramways were low-cost, laid with wooden rails and worked by horse teams. This typical small-scale operation has three horses pulling a single rimu log. There are no reins – the ‘trammy’ used verbal commands. The lightly constructed tramway is laid on a wooden slab foundation on the forest floor. Once it was closed down and had rotted away, scant evidence would remain of its existence. The date and location are unknown, but it is possibly Taranaki.

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Paul Mahoney, 'Bush trams and other log transport - Bush tramways', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Paul Mahoney, published 24 Sep 2007