Trams in Johannesburg

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Johannesburg tramway network
Johannesburg-tram-001.jpg
Operation
Locale Johannesburg, South Africa
Horsecar era: 1891 (1891)–ca. 1906 (ca. 1906)
Status Closed
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Horses
Electric tram era: 1906 (1906)–1961 (1961)
Status Closed
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Electricity

The Johannesburg tramway network formed part of the public transport system in Johannesburg, South Africa, for just over 70 years until the start of the 1960s.

History[edit]

Opened on 2 February 1891 (1891-02-02), the network was operated initially by horsecars.[1] From 14 February 1906 (1906-02-14), it was converted to electrical power.[2]

Beginning on 26 August 1936 (1936-08-26), the trams were gradually supplemented by the Johannesburg trolleybus system, which was opened on that day.

However, the tramway network lasted for several more decades, until its closure on 2 August 1961 (1961-08-02).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Timeline: Johannesburg 1800-1991". South African History Online. South African History Online. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Timeline: Johannesburg 1900-1976". South African History Online. South African History Online. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Pabst, Martin (1989). Tram & Trolley in Africa. Krefeld: Röhr Verlag. ISBN 3-88490-152-4.  (English) (German)
  • Patton, Brian (2002). Double-Deck Trams of the World: Beyond the British Isles. Brora, Sutherland: Adam Gordon. ISBN 1-874422-39-7. 
  • Spit, A H M; with additional material by Patton, Brian (1976). Johannesburg Tramways: a history of the tramways of the City of Johannesburg. London: Light Railway Transport League. ISBN 0900433558. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Trams in Johannesburg at Wikimedia Commons


Coordinates: 26°12′15″S 28°2′25″E / 26.20417°S 28.04028°E / -26.20417; 28.04028