Sumner’s Tram Track Archaeological Discovery

Sumner’s tram track

As work progresses steadily on the upgrade of Sumner’s roading and infrastructure, archaeologists working with the contractors recently uncovered historical evidence of Sumner’s tram track. Some of the original wooden sleepers used to support the tramway which originally linked the suburb to Christchurch Central, were exposed during the road works.  The extremely popular city to seaside tramway initially used horse drawn carriages in the late 1800’s , with the service being upgraded to electric trams in the 1900’s.

Uncovered during road reconstruction, wooden sleepers, that originally supported Sumner's tram track
Well preserved late 1800’s wooden tram line sleepers .
These particular sleepers were discovered  close to the corner of Marriner Street and Burgess Street. On the north western corner of this intersection was one of Sumner’s early Hotels, The Sumner Hotel which still stands today but derelict. 
Sumner Hotel - Geo Vincent's establishment in its prime.
A well dressed gathering outside the old Sumner Hotel.
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