Historic re-enactment

10 Aug

Almost 110 years ago Sir John Logan Campbell drove the first electric tram up Queen Street to inaugurate the largest municipal tramway project in New Zealand.  To celebrate this important occasion in Auckland’s history a re-enactment will be held on the first day of the Auckland Heritage Festival on Saturday September 29 at the Wynyard Quarter tramway.

MOTAT Tram No 44 is almost identical to that first tram driven by Sir John Logan Campbell on November 17, 1902. No.44 will be part of this re-enactment including Auckland’s two present Dockline tramcars. Mayor Len Brown will officiate at this event together with “The Father of Auckland – Sir John Logan Campbell”, who will take Tram 44 on its celebration journey around the Wynyard Quarter tram circuit after the formal speeches commencing at 1.30 pm in Jellicoe Street, outside Jack Tar cafe bar.

Constructing the Auckland Tramway system was a huge project undertaken by the British Electric Traction Company from 1899. Within just three years 27.5 km of tracks had been constructed and 43 tramcars were operating. Eventually the fleet comprised 269 trams covering 72 kilometres.

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