Link to home
   

Special places archive

May 2004

Wellington cable car museum

Link

In the 1890s in Wellington, entrepreneurs built a cable tramway to connect the port city to newly subdivided building lots on the hills above. It was a great success. It operated until the 1970s, when a new cable tramway was built on the same right-of-way.

The old winding house and maintenance depot at the top of the line was converted to the Wellington cable car museum, opened in 2000. The museum website is a model of clear information and story-telling. Each web page is headed by a little picture of a tramcar climbing an incline (gratuitous animation for which I am happy to forgive the designer).

cablecar1918.jpg
This photo shows the upper terminus in about 1918. You can see a tramcar and trailer in the middle. In the background is a kiosk built by the tramway company. On the right is the winding house which now houses the museum. [Picture from the collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library, from the museum website.]

See some of my photographs of the cable tramway.


Search marquis-kyle.com.au

Subject archive
Afghanistan  2
Antarctica  1
Australia  20
Austria  1
Bangladesh  2
Barbados  1
Brazil  2
Burma  1
Canada  1
Chile  1
China  2
Cuba  2
Egypt  1
England  10
France  2
Georgia  1
Germany  3
Greece  1
Guyana  1
Haiti  1
Hong Kong  1
India  4
Iran  1
Iraq  2
Ireland  2
Israel  1
Italy  3
Jamaica  1
Kenya  1
Lebanon  1
Mexico  2
New Zealand  4
Pakistan  2
Palestine  1
Poland  1
Russia  7
Scotland  6
Spain  1
Syria  1
The Netherlands  1
Turkey  2
USA  28
Vietnam  1
Wales  2
World  5
Archaeology  3
Architecture  21
Domestic life  9
Entertainment  1
Exploration  1
Food  3
Industry  10
Landscapes  19
Lighthouses  3
Literature  3
Photography  27
Timber buildings  3
Urban infrastructure  17
Urban life  25
War  9

RSS

©
Contact me