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Richmond Cable Tramway

This plaque located in a little park on the corner of Swan St and Punt Road, Richmond.

It reads:

SITE OF RICHMOND CABLE TRAMWAY ENGINE HOUSE

THE BUILDING THAT HOUSED MELBOURNE'S FIRST CABLE TRAMWAY ENGINES

WAS CONSTRUCTED ON THIS STIE IN 1885.  WITHIN IT A PAIR OF LARGE

STATIONARY STEAM ENGINES PROPELLED TWO CONTINUOUS WIRE CABLES

BENEATH THE ROADWAY - ONE TO HAWTHORN BRIDGE AND THE OTHER TO

SPENCE STREET STATION.  THE BUILDING WAS LATER EXTENDED TO HOUSE 

A SUBSTATION FOR THE ELECTRIC TRAMWAY WHICH REPLACED THE PIONEER

RICHMOND CABLE LINE IN 1927. BOTH BUILDINGS DEMOLISHED IN 1991

FOR ROAD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS.

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Submitted by: @gregorystorer

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