Kaikorai Cable Cars – The start…

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.

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Kaikorai: Comparison aerial views – 1947 and 2007

1947 Aerial view of a section of Kaikorai centred around the reserve. Photograph (K308) - Courtesy DCC Archives

1947 Aerial view of a section of Kaikorai centred around the reserve.
Photograph (K308) – Courtesy DCC Archives

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Nairn Street – Taieri Road area c1900

This photograph would have been taken after 1900 when the Kaikorai cable cars commenced as the power house chimney is visible as are the cable car sheds. It was prior to 1907 as the new Kaikorai Presbyterian Church is not shown, just the 'T' shaped wooden church. Note the buildings on the Nairn Street edge of what was later to be the reserve area and the little shelter for cable car passengers to use (marked with arrow). Jellicoe Crescent curves round at the left of the picture.

This photograph would have been taken after 1900 when the Kaikorai cable cars commenced as the power house chimney is visible as are the cable car sheds. It was prior to 1907 as the new Kaikorai Presbyterian Church is not shown, just the ‘T’ shaped wooden church. Note the buildings on the Nairn Street edge of what was later to be the reserve area and the little shelter for cable car passengers to use (marked with arrow). Jellicoe Crescent curves round at the left of the picture.

 

(Original article by Alan Gilchrist)

Cable Car Conductors and Gripmen

Henry John Bartlett Family Photograph

Henry John Bartlett
Family Photograph

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.
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Jim Sharp – Kaikorai Cable Car Gripman

Jim Sharp - Gripman Jim at his residence 23 Nov 2006 Photograph by Alan Gilchrist

Jim Sharp – Gripman
Jim at his residence 23 Nov 2006
Photograph by Alan Gilchrist

 

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

Boxing – 1928

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.

Some of Gilchrist & Moir's Boxing Class 1928 Back Row: N.J.Pledger   J.A.Pledger   T.L.Chettleburgh   L.Kitto  Second Back Row: M.Angelo   D.Reid   E.Bartlett   S.Wadsworth   F.Hellar E.Megget   R.Scott   A.Hellar   Mr.J.Gilchrist (Instructor)   Mr.F.Moir (Instructor)   G.Hart   L.Brown   J.Thomson In Front: B.Dolamore   E.Wilson   J.Campbell   W.Simpson

Some of Gilchrist & Moir’s Boxing Class 1928
Back Row: N.J.Pledger J.A.Pledger T.L.Chettleburgh L.Kitto
Second Back Row: M.Angelo D.Reid E.Bartlett S.Wadsworth F.Hellar
E.Megget R.Scott A.Hellar Mr.J.Gilchrist (Instructor) Mr.F.Moir (Instructor) G.Hart L.Brown J.Thomson
In Front: B.Dolamore E.Wilson J.Campbell W.Simpson

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