The Kaikorai line was the last of the three cable car services to be constructed for the hill suburbs of Dunedin. Construction of the line from the Octagon to the Nairn Street terminus at Kaikorai commenced in 1897 and took three years to complete. The first tram ran on 9th October 1900.
Looking at the picture (above left) you will see some “U” shaped devices either side of the tracks being constructed. These were made from sections of the steel tracks and were put into the ground with the open end upwards. You can see these in the centre of the tracks where the ‘tunnel’ for the cable car gripper was to travel.
Initially a steel wire rope was used but this later changed to a ‘conventional’ rope in 1940. The rope lasted a bit less than 2 years before having to be replaced.
(Original article by Alan Gilchrist)
Who lived where in 1950…
Who lived where in 1942…
Who lived where in 1936…
Those of us who lived in the era when the cable cars were still running possibly had a relation, friend or acquaintance who was employed on one of the cable car lines. In my small neck of the woods, my grandfather was employed as a conductor on the Roslyn cable cars. He was Henry John Bartlett who lived at 73 Nairn Street and further along the street from him were Alex MacKenzie and Robert Sharp who were both conductors. Henry John Bartlett lived in Broughton Street in 1902 – Broughton Street was later renamed Brighton St, then changed again to Beresford Street.
Jim Sharp, aged 92 years in 2006, was frequently the gripman for No.4 cable car, in fact he was the gripman on that last cable car from the Octagon to the sheds at 11.10pm on Friday 31st July 1947. He has provided some interesting information relating to the early cable cars. Jim is also an amateur radio operator with the call ZL4DN, and has been in that hobby since 1938. Continue reading
Fred Moir retired to Wanaka and I recall, while I was living in Cromwell, getting a call to his house to carry out television repairs – not initially realising that it was the gentleman who had been involved with the Kaikorai and Maori Hill boxing classes.