Travelling Through Time by sea, road and rail in Newcastle and the Hunter


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Maitland had steam trams of its own from 1909 until December 1926. This wonderful photograph shows a

steam tram in High Street behind a herd of cattle on a dusty day. Trams ran between East and West Maitland.

This tram has derailed at the corner of Lawes and Victoria Streets, East Maitland. No date, but circa 1917.

Maitland’s tram service was uneconomical, having never been built as originally planned – to take in Kurri Kurri

and other centres. The final tram ran with its whistle shrieking all the way to East Maitland depot on Friday,

December 31, 1926. Many passengers took the ride for old time’s sake, and kept their tickets as souvenirs.

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