Richmond cable tramway

Join this Vicfix campaign to catch a ride on the original No 75 tram

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About the Richmond cable tramway

In 1885, the arrival of Melbourne's first cable tramway fascinated locals with its cutting-edge combination of British manufacturing, American know-how and millions of Victorian red-gum blocks. The pioneer route ran from Spencer Street station via Flinders Street and Wellington Parade and Bridge Road to Hawthorn Bridge – in other words, today's No 75 to Etihad Stadium.

Newspapers from the time chart the tramway's progress, from the laying of cables to the tragic accidents caused by the sudden appearance of the mechanical behemoths. Fears of untoward noise and technological hiccoughs aside, the tram was here to stay, becoming a Melbourne icon that would still be polarising locals 130 years later.

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The Richmond Cable Railway (picture), Samuel Calvert, 1828–1913, Melbourne: David Syme and Co, 1885

Richmond cable tram

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