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WATCH: The final journey of the Hill of Howth tram

Thursday, 27th July, 2017 11:06am
WATCH: The final journey of the Hill of Howth tram
WATCH: The final journey of the Hill of Howth tram

THIS short film gives us a precious glimpse of one of the final journeys of the Hill of Howth tram.

Directed by John Sarsfield and James Maguire between 1958 and 1959, ‘Once Upon a Tram’ immortalises one of the last runs of the service. It’s narrated by the legendary actor, Cyril Cusack.

The tram service, which ran between Sutton and Howth, began operating in 1901. The line was 5.25 miles long and at its highest point at the Summit station reached 365 feet above sea level.

The service was originally operated by the Great Northern Railway but – despite its popularity – it never made a profit and was closed down by CIE on May 31, 1959.

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