Trams in Port Elizabeth

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Port Elizabeth tramway network
Port Elizabeth horse tram number 6 - ca. 1880s.jpg
Port Elizabeth horsecar no. 6, ca. 1880s.
Locale Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Horsecar era: 14 May 1881 (1881-05-14)–ca. June 1897 (1897-06)
Status Closed
Propulsion system(s) Horses
Electric tram era: 16 June 1897 (1897-06-16)–17 December 1948 (1948-12-17)
Status Closed
Propulsion system(s) Electricity

The Port Elizabeth tramway network formed part of the public transport system in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, for nearly 70 years until the end of the 1940s.


Opened in 14 May 1881 (1881-05-14), the Port Elizabeth tramway network was operated initially by horsecars.[1] From 16 June 1897 (1897-06-16), the network was converted to electrical power.[1] It was closed on 17 December 1948 (1948-12-17).[1]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c Harradine, Margaret (1997). Port Elizabeth: a social chronicle to the end of 1945 (2nd ed.). Port Elizabeth: E.H. Walton Packaging (Pty) Ltd. ISBN 0-620-19004-3. Retrieved 6 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. 
  • Shields, Graham (1979). Port Elizabeth Tramways. Port Elizabeth: G Shields. OCLC 775701810. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Trams in Port Elizabeth at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 33°57′25.98″S 25°35′27.57″E / 33.9572167°S 25.5909917°E / -33.9572167; 25.5909917