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10 stunning photos of Malta’s tramway that are a blast from the past
Malta Tramway: 1905-1929

Jillian Mallia

Malta’s tramway was first inaugurated in early 1905 by Governor of Malta Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke, who boarded the first tram journey from Marsa Depot to Porta Reale. Hundreds of locals waited to get a free ride on the latest innovation in public transport, which was an upgrade when compared to the dirty and noisy railway! The tramway however didn’t last very long, as it was shut down in late 1929.

Step back in time with these 10 photos that are a blast from the past.

1. Not sure what a Maltese tram looked like? Here it is!

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Joseph Angileri via Valletta Photos / Facebook

2. Wignacourt’s Arch was one of the stops along a tram route to Valletta in 1913.

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Joe Barbara via Taghrif fuq il-hajja Maltija ta' l-imghoddi / Facebook

3. These were the official badges for the tram motorman and tram conductor.

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Malta Once upon a time / Facebook

4. Hamrun was a busy station that connected central Malta to the capital (1921).

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John N Scerri via The Malta Tramways / Facebook

5. The hard-working tram crew at the Marsa Depot station.

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Giulio Zammit via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook

6. Here the tram is seen stopping right outside Valletta’s gate, which no longer exists.

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Giulio Zammit via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook

7. The Attard tram station was another popular stop.

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Ernest Ferrante via MALTA - Through the ages / Facebook

8. One tram route passing through Paola in the 1920s.

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Ernest Ferrante via MALTA - Through the ages / Facebook

9. There’s something so nostalgic about the tram passing through Portes des Bombes.

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Giulio Zammit via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook

10. Two women wearing the traditional ghonnella waiting to board the tram outside Valletta's city gate.

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Lina Naudi via Historic Malta (Maltese History Discussion Group) / Facebook

Do you remember Malta's tramway?

15th January 2019


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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