Dalkey Tram Cottages
by Florrie Barrett Linton

The Dublin United Tramway, was founded in 1896 when there were horse drawn trams.  Then in 1900 electric trams were used, and the horse drawn ones were taken off the streets in 1901.  The trams were a great boon to people at that time, as there were many who had to travel into town to their employment.  From Dalkey the trams took about 45 minutes to reach Nelson Pillar, their terminus. 

The Dalkey terminus was the end of Castle St. opposite Maxwell’s chemist.  There is the old tram yard in Dalkey Castle St still and some of the lines are there yet.  There were 23 cottages built for some of the workers of the Tram Co. in 1914.  My father was one of the first people to occupy one of these houses as he worked in the tram yard.  The rent was 5s a week.  The conductor and drivers had to be spick and span.  They had to have their buttons on their jackets shining.  Polished shoes, and always wore their peak caps. 

In the summer time some of the conductors would put a white cloth cap over the brim of their caps.  Some of the conductors had a good sense of humour, and would call out the names of the streets and had a joke about them sometimes. 

O’Connell’s St was then called Sackville St and from there the tram fares were as follows: 

To Haddington Road 1p 
To Merrion gates 2p 
To Blackrock 3p 
Dun Laoghaire then Kingstoon 4p 
To Dalkey 5p 
Return fare Dalkey to Sackville St 8p 

Dublin was the first city in the world to have a roofed upper deck tram, but most of them were open deck.  Later there were new trams all covered on the upper decks. The last of these trams were taken off the route for good in the late 1949 as far as I can remember.  Buses were then on the roads instead. 


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