The Mount Somers Tramway 1887-1943 Mid Canterbury, New Zealand

Author(s): I D & R D Maffey

railway | Regional

Limited print run. The Mount Somers Tramway was conceived in a period of time when the motorcar was unknown, good roads were scarce and railways as a form of mechanical ttransport had the field largely to themselves. This book tells the story of the tramway's unspectacular rise and fall, a story closely integrated for 56 years with the course of local history. The tramway reflects the initiative, enterprise and determiniation of its promoters to reduce the cost of conveying the mineral wealth from the Ashburton Gorge, an area of great geological interest - to the Mount Somers railway station for trans-shipment to Ashburton and beyond. The great hopes entertained by these men were, unfortunately, never reralised. The ruling economic conditions, the smale scale workings of the early coal companies, the irregular traffic, the falling off in the demand for building stone, ad the indifferent maintenance, all conspired to prevent the line being exploited to its fullest. The advent of the motor lorry and better roads finally spelt the death knell of this venture and many similar roadside tramways and railways both in New Zealand and the British Isles.

Epsom Trust plate inside cover, slight fading to front edges


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780473131586
  • : R D Maffey
  • : January 2008
  • : 300x210mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : I D & R D Maffey
  • : paperback
  • : near fine
  • : 200
  • : Colour and BxW photographs