Kingsland Heritage
Kingsland Tram Disaster


12. The Great Kingsland Tram Disaster | New North Road

On Christmas Eve 1903 a crowded double-decker tram left Kingsland for the city.

At Eden Terrace the brakes failed and it careered a half a mile back towards Kingsland, where it was stopped by a head-on collision with another crowded tram. Three people died and more than fifty were injured.

On Friday December 23rd 2016 a brief ceremony was held to commemorate the event and the large number of famalies affected by the disaster.


The following additional resources are currently available:

1903 Kingsland Tram Disaster & 2016 Ceremony Programme

1903 Kingsland Tram Disaster & 2016 Ceremony photo gallery

1903 Kingsland Tram Disaster Early photos

Remembering Kingsland - By James Duncan, Tram Operations Manager at MOTAT

Kingsland - Looking Back 100 Years! There Are Lessons Still To Be Leant - By James Duncan

Kingsland Tram Tragedy Of 1903 To Be Formally Recognised With Ceremony - Stuff 29/11/2016

Fearful Tram Accident - Auckland Star 26/12/1903

The Recent Tramway Accident - NZ Herald 28/12/1903

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