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Runaway tram

Runaway tram

A new route (now Brooklyn Road) had to be built before trams could climb the hill to Brooklyn. In May 1907 tragedy struck when a descending tram (centre) ran out of control and derailed near the bottom of the hill, killing a passenger.

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington places - Southern suburbs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 July 2022)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Mar 2016