Topic: Morley Street Tram Shelter

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This tram shelter is a rare survivor from the era of trams and trolleybuses in New Plymouth

Morley Street tram shelter 2017 - Eastern, Westown-bound

 2017 View of Eastern Shelter: By Hamish Crimp

The Western Tram Shelter was regrettably demolished in May 2018 - what is the future of the Eastern Shelter? It is the last tangible link to trams and trolleybuses in New Plymoth.

New Plymouth was serviced by a tram network fom 1916-1954, a trolley bus network from 1950-1967, and throughout this period a mixture of battery and petrol/diesel buses were also used on routes where trams or trolley buses were not practical or viable (the first 'electric battery' bus in New Plymouth was introduced in 1917!)

To provide shelter for tram users, a number of shelters were built across the city. These rare surviving tram shelters are thought to have been constructed in the 1930s or 1940s to service the (old) New Plymouth Hospital following the completion of the new hospital wards and subsequent upgrade of the Morley Street entrance. Whilst the shelter on the Eastern side of Morley Street (Westown-bound) is constructed of timber with a corrugated iron roof, the shelter on the Western side of Morley Street (city-bound), is partially constructed with reinforced concrete, and also incorporates a section of the Western Park retaining wall.

The shelters are not present in a 1923 photograph, however they are clearly present in a 1949 Whites Aviation aerial photograph of New Plymouth Hospital. These are thought to be the only surviving tram shelters in New Plymouth. 

Further info on surviving New Plymouth tram and trolleybus: The body of one New Plymouth tram (Birney no. 3) survives in poor condition at Wanganui, and one New Plymouth trolleybus (one of only two known surviving Crossley trollybuses worldwide) survives at Paraparaumu - semi-working order. - wouldn't it be great to see these back in working order in New Plymouth? A CBD to Pukekura Park tourist route?

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Morley Street Tram Shelter

City:New Plymouth