|Above: YouTubeCA video - Christchurch scenes and trams from early 1900s - Length: 4:43 mins.|
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Operator: Christchurch Transport Board
NB: Eight of the twelve tram routes in Christchurch were part of through operations: instead of terminating at Cathedral Square, they simply changed their route number and continued on the appropriate route. These routes are shown below under the combined route numbers, e.g. 1/2 shows route 1 between Papanui & Cathedral Square and route 2 between Cathedral Square & Cashmere.
|1/2||Papanui Rd. - Papanui Rd. - Cathedral Square - Colombo St. - Cashmere (Sign of the Takahe)|
|3||Cathedral Square - Ferry Rd. - Ferrymead - Moncks Bay - Sumner|
|4/7||St. Albans - Colombo St. - Cathedral Square - Lincoln Rd. - Hillmorton|
|5||Cathedral Square - Cashel St. - Pages Rd. - New Brighton|
|8||Cathedral Square - Riccarton Rd. - Riccarton|
|9/13||Fendalton - Fendalton Rd. - Cathedral Square - Colombo St. - Opawa|
|12||Cathedral Square - Colombo St. - St. Martins|
|14/16||Spreydon - Colombo St. - Cathedral Sq. - Colombo St. - Richmond - St. Albans Park|
DISCONTINUATION DATES OF TRAM LINES
- 1946 May 19: 12
- 1950 Feb. 5: 9/13
- 1952 Oct. 18: 5
- 1952 Dec. 6: 3
- 1953 June 14: 8
- 1953 June 21: 14/16
- 1953 July 26: 4/7
- 1954 Sept. 10: 1/2
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- Tram lines: ? km.
- Horse tramways: 1882 - 6 Aug. 1906
- Steam tramways : 9 March 1880 - ?.
- Electric tramways (1st generation): 5 June 1905 - 10 Sept. 1954.
- Electric (tourist) tramway: 4 Feb. 1995 - 22 Feb. 2011 (suspended because of the Christchurch Earthquake); Nov. 2013 - today.
- Tramways: 1435 mm.
- Bush, G. "Christchurch - History on the move", Light Rail & Modern Tramway, Aug. 1995 (58:692), p.254-255.
- Bush, G. "Christchurch - History turns full circle", Light Rail & Modern Tramway, July 1995 (58:691), p.215-218.
- Price, J.H. "Museum News - Christchurch", Modern Tramway & Light Railway Review, Apr. 1969 (32:376), p.122-125.
- Stewart, G. The end of the penny section: When trams ruled the streets of New Zealand. Wellington: Grantham House Publishing, rev.ed., 1993.
- Christchurch tram routes
- Christchurch tramway system
- Christchurch Transport Board
- Trams in New Zealand
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