Kōrero: Public transport

Steam trams

Steam trams

Steam trams arrived in New Zealand cities in the late 1870s, but they did not last long because they were costly to run, polluted the air and scared horses. These locomotives – named ‘Florence’ and ‘Hibernia’ – attached to their passenger trailers, are at the Merryweather steam-tram depot on the corner of Adelaide Road and King Street in Newtown. The photograph was taken on the opening day of the operation of steam trams in Wellington, 24 August 1878.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PAColl-D-0523
Photograph by James Bragge

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Adrian Humphris, 'Public transport - Horse and steam trams', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/22510/steam-trams (accessed 6 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Adrian Humphris, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 11 Mar 2016