How exciting! Like many Australian cities, the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland, had an extensive tram system. Like many Australian cities, Auckland's tram system was all but shut down by 1960 or thereabouts.
Some fifty years later, trams are returning to Auckland streets, albeit in quite a humble way, this coming Saturday.
Apparently there will be some significant foot ball type match in Auckland soon. I don't know about sports. But in a fairly quick time, Auckland made sure the new tram line will be open for the occasion.
While from here on the big western isle, the tram line seems to be nowhere and go to nowhere, that is not important. It is a building block for the future. Once more a tram may travel down Queen Street in time to come. Maybe it will go to the curiously named Britomart. Maybe it will glide along the waterfront. We live in exciting tram times with tram and light rail systems being built all over the world, even in the normally public transport hostile US.
Apparently our own Victoria's Bendigo Tramways has supplied a couple of trams to run the new line, and the expertise of the Christchurch's tram system, who are possibly a bit idle due to the devastating earthquake, are to run the trams.
Here are a couple of photos from NZ Steam at his excellent Flickr site. I hope Timespanner has been invited to the ceremony to celebrate the historic return of trams to Auckland.
Oh what the heck, let's start with a photo of Auckland's premier Queen Street with trams in it. I would have liked to have found a photo from say 1950, but they seem lacking. This is old photo I found at Transpress NZ. Doesn't Auckland look great!
The like of this tram, one of the ones for the new tram line, were still to be seen on Melbourne's streets in the 1990s.
I think this is another Melbourne tram too. Perhaps is was one that was called an 'all nighter', a tram that ran in Melbourne in the wee small hours and only had a driver, no conductor.