Transport In The 1920's

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Transport in the 1920's ! Intro needed ! Rail transport history: More than 100 years ago railways helped farmers transport their wool, wheat and other farming products when the roads and tracks were muddy and out of range. In the 1920's-1930's rail transportation was the main system of travelling, it was also used for cargo and freight. In the east and especially the north, there were no roads so travelers relied on rail transportation.

Trams: the first cable tram that ran in Sydney ran on May 22, 1886. In Melbourne 1923, trams were the main mean of transportation. By 1926, 600 trains and trams were running around Melbourne and running every 3 minutes. Then electric trams started replacing cable trams.

Sydney's first cable trams ran on 22nd of May 1886, from Milsons point to Ridge Street in north Sydney. Other routes were opened however most people in Sydney preferred steam trams.

The last cable tram ran on 10 February 1900. Unlike Sydney, the people of Melbourne liked using cable trams, and the city had the biggest system in the world. In 1889, cable trams carried 46 million people. By 1923, Melbourne had almost 600 cable trams, and was running every 3 minutes. As Melbourne's population grew, cable trams could no longer cope with all the passengers. In February 1924, electric trams began replacing cable trams. Melbourne's last cable tram ran in Bourke Street on 26 October 1940.