Artefacts in the city


Unburied by highveld thunderstorms and the work of the Johannesburg Roads Agency, they emerge half a century later to annoy Joburg’s city drivers.


They are tram tracks that break the asphalt on Pritchard street, curve into Simmonds, then run for a few metres before disappear again.


They were buried back in 1961 when petrol heads got their way and ended the era of electric inner city transport. From the days of when they were drawn by mules, to when they crisscrossed the city, the tram ruled supreme for over 70 years.


About Shaun Smillie

Journalist, with a love of bones, fossils and other things dug up. Fisherman and occasional beer maker.
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