Welcome To Dunedin Trams
A website dedicated to Don McAra's book,
"Hold Very Tight Please"
Restoring & Reinstating a Dunedin Tram.
Since Don's exhibition and publishing of
his book "Hold Very Tight Please" there
has been a lot of discussion in the
Otago Daily Times about the possibility
of restoring a working Cable Car or
other type of tram in Dunedin City.
This webpage is here to seek your
assistance in promoting the High St
line and lobbying the Dunedin City
Council to bring this into effect.
You can join the cause by
to have your name added to the growing
list of supporters. Your email will not
be displayed, but we would like to
display your name and address to a list
of supporters below. With your email, we
can keep you current with developments
as they occur.
How can you assist with the cause?
Needed are pens more able than our own
to come up with convincing arguments to
sway the DCC into thinking our way.
These will be converted into Word
Documents that you can print and post to
the DCC expressing your support. Or
simply write a letter to the Otago Daily
Times expressing your support for the
idea of restoring a cable car line to
Dunedin’s hill suburbs.
Needed is a list of contact addresses
and emails of people who are influential
in decision making, and of business men,
organisations, and groups who might be
persuaded to support the idea
financially; for example the Casino in
High St, and tourist hotels in the
Barry Kelk, John Wekking, Paula Westoby,
Don Myers, Phil Cole, Tony Chance,
Elizabeth Kerr, Sue Russell, Neville
Jemmett, Bill Campbell (the last seven
are members of the Steering Committee),
roughly eighty people who gave their
names at a Dunedin meeting in November
2007, Richard Fraser, Shem Sutherland,
the Borrie family, Bruce and Gillian
Green, Richard Walls, and many more.
A number of
possible Heritage Tourist Tram routes have been
From the Exchange up High Street to a restaurant
- lookout at Unity Park. A Cable Car Route.
From the Exchange then up Rattrary Street to a
lookout near the Beverley Begg Observatory. A
Cable Car Route.
A Shopping and Tourist Electric Tram Route
leaving from the cable car terminus in the
Exchange and travelling along Princes St at
least as far as the Octagon, down lower Stuart
St to the Railway Station, along lower High St
past the Chinese Garden and Settlers’ Museum,
Queen’s Gardens, and back to the Exchange, to
the Casino and tourist hotels. This line
could also be serviced under special
arrangements by restored electric trams
originally from Dunedin which are also being
restored by Christchurch’s Tramway Historical
Alternatively, a more extensive route would
extend along George St to Princes St, and turn
down Frederick St, returning to Lower High St
and the Exchange via Castle St. This would
better service the present shopping centre in
some of which are still available for
All proceeds contribute to the
restoration of Dunedin Cable Cars.
17 Dyers Pass Road, Cashmere,
Christchurch, New Zealand or the de
Gallery, Stuart St Dunedin.