Welcome To Dunedin Trams

   A website dedicated to Don McAra's book,
   "Hold Very Tight Please"

   Dunedin Trams

   Restoring & Reinstating a Dunedin Tram.

Don has completed a series of evocative paintings depicting the character and times of the various Cable Tram lines in Dunedin, and some of the Kelburn Line in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Maryhill  and Mornington Line

They are too numerous to display all on one page, so have been split into the following
Elgin Road and Kaikorai Lines

Roslyn Line   
Kelburn line

The Mornington Line


Most of these paintings have now sold except for some of the more technical subject matter, e.g. scenes inside power houses. Two large ones, of St Joseph’s Cathedral Dunedin, and one of a cable car coming up a grassy cutting beneath a wooden bridge are still available, along with a few others, and can be viewed at the de Novo Gallery, Stuart St, Dunedin. The more technical ones and five of the Wellington ones are available from Don McAra at 17 Dyers Pass Rd, Cashmere, Christchurch.

Still available, however, are prints of every painting shown here and in the book. Prints can be ordered in a range of sizes from Don McAra.

Please note that once all expenses are paid, a third of all proceeds from painting, print and greetings cards sales is going towards the restoration of cable cars currently under way at the Tramway Historical Society Workshops in Ferrymead, Christchurch. The ultimate aim of such restoration work is to make these vehicles available to be run once again in Dunedin under the stringent lease arrangements to be worked out with the Tramway Historical Society, Land Transport New Zealand, OSH and other governing bodies. Advice about safety considerations is being sought from an adviser who helped renew the San Francisco Municipal Cable Car Lines.

At the time of writing (August 2008) approximately $10,000 has been raised towards this cause. Your purchases of further items will help immensely, so


Greetings Cards based on eleven different scenes from the book are also on sale at the Otago Art Society (Dunedin Railway Station), the University Bookshop, The Otago Museum Bookshop, and the Otago Settlers’ Museum. They can also be obtained from Don McAra, 17 Dyers Pass Rd, Christchurch 8022 New Zealand.