Trams and other vehicles on East Street, Rockhampton, 1923

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Where: Queensland, Rockhampton, Australia

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When: 01 January 1923

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Location: Rockhampton, Queensland.

Description: Pedestrians, trams and other vehicles on East Street, Rockhampton. The facades, awnings and signs of the shops are visible.

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    • 29/Mar/2022 01:04:20

    Rockhampton Council Tramways was a steam tram service that was operated by Rockhampton City Council from 1909 until 1939 in the city of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Rockhampton was the only regional city in the state of Queensland to have had a tram service. The line has since been rebuilt and is operated as a tourist attraction by the Archer Park Rail Museum. The service was officially opened by Queensland Premier (and Member for Rockhampton) William Kidston on the morning of 5 June 1909 with the inaugural tram service departing from a decorative arch at the intersection of Bolsover and William Street in Rockhampton City and making its way to the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens on The Range.[1][13] On its first day of operation, 7,600 passengers were transported by the new tramway service.[2] The trams ran around a belt line of William, East, Archer and Canning Street with routes extending out to the Rockhampton Showgrounds in Wandal, the South Rockhampton Cemetery in Allenstown and up to the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens on The Range.[1] The gauge of the track was 1067mm (3 ft 6in).[14] Throughout the three decades in which the trams ran, the service struggled to be financially viable particularly when it faced competition from a new bus service in the 1920s.[2] In 1937, Rockhampton City Council made a unanimous decision to replace the tramway system with new diesel buses.[15][16] Rockhampton Council Tramways' final service was at 11 pm on 24 June 1939.[2] During its existence, the tramway service carried over 40 million passengers and traveled over 4.5 million miles while collecting over £350,000 in fares.[17] Following the closure of the Rockhampton tramway, the council decided to bitumen over the tram tracks, burying them due to the cost involved in removing them. Source: