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Malta bade farewell to its tram service 91 years ago today!
It served Malta for almost 25 years

Roxanne Grillo

Believe it or not, Malta’s public transport did not consist of just a bus service. Back in the day, the islanders also had a train and tram service that took locals from point A to point B. We’re taking a look back at the tram service in particular, as today marks 91 years since Malta had to bid a sad farewell to the service!

Tram

Carmelo Gauci via Facebook / The Malta Tramways

The tram was inaugurated on 23rd February 1905 and spent almost 25 years in service. It created a link between the capital city of Valletta and the three cities of Birgu, Senglea, and Bormla. The tram also travelled to Zebbug and the town of Birkirkara, connecting the central part of the island.

Unfortunately,  the service took a hit with the arrival of the first ever bus system, leading to the tram’s termination soon after. It made its last ever ride 91 years ago today, on 15th December 1929! 

And yet to this day we still wonder, how different would our transport system be if the tram had stuck around?

15th December 2020


Roxanne Grillo
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Roxanne Grillo
Fresh out of student life, Roxanne has a passion for sustainability, animal rights, and female empowerment. Above all else, she loves baking, chitchatting with friends, and spending many nights in with her beloved cats.

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