Sunday, December 26, 2010

a tram to Karori at Paekakariki

Well, at about 50 km from Karori it's obviously a museum, the Wellington Tramway Museum at Queen Elizabeth Park, MacKay's Crossing entrance, north of Paekakariki which has an operating electric tramway from there down to the beach, about 2 km - something to stop at and appreciate on the way along State Highway One, particularly on weekends.  This park was used as a base for US Marines during WW2, and some displays relate to that.

The tram shown was built in 1925 and is known as a double saloon type. Trams operated to Karori Park until 1954 when they were replaced by trolley buses.  The museum's website.

See our books Wellington: a Capital Century and Wellington Transport Memories for lots more information and pictures of the city's trams.

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