Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Granite Island - Quaint

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The horse drawn tram to Granite Island, Victor Harbor, South Australia.
 
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ABC WEDNESDAYQ is for Quaint
 
The Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram is located in the city of Victor Harbor, South Australia, Australia. The tramway runs for half of its route over a 630 metre wooden viaduct or pier, locally described as a causeway. It links the visitor information centre in downtown Victor Harbor with the nearby Granite Island recreation and nature park.  It was built in 1867, and has offered passenger service since 1894 , to the present day. It is one of the very few horse-drawn tram routes remaining in public transit service anywhere in the world, and provides service every day throughout the year. There are four tramcars, each hauled by one of 8 Clydesdale horses.
 
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39 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

definitely quaint!!!

Rajesh said...

Great shot of the horse over bridge.

Gattina said...

Only one horse for such a big coach ? Poor thing !

Andy said...

That's an interesting scene. I wish I could see more.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I would love to take a ride on that tram. :)

Meryl said...

OOhhh that looks like fun!

Joop Zand said...

Good shot with nice colors Karen.

Greetings, Joop

Helene Titsch said...

That definitely looks like an exciting ride...especially if you are seated on the top level. Sign me up!

Luna Miranda said...

impressive horse power, and definitely quaint. great Q post.

Luna Miranda said...

impressive horse power, and definitely quaint. great Q post.

Carver said...

Beautiful shot and works well for quaint. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Roger Owen Green said...

Quaint, indeed, and charming.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Sylvia K said...

Great and different capture for the Q Day, Karen! I love it! Hope you have a great day!

uberrhund said...

Interesting and very Quaint. I think the only other horse drawn tram I have seen is at Disneyland. I believe the tram is drawn on rails/tracks so cannot veer off and is a easier pull for the horse.

Leslie: said...

Would love a ride like that! Looks like a beautiful location.
Leslie
abcw team

photowannabe said...

Very quaint indeed. I would love to ride on one of those.

Robert Geiss said...

oh ! made me feel a bit sad for the horse. yet, what strength !

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

It's definitely quaint but I would love to ride on it!

Buttons said...

Oh I would love to ride on that transit much better than a subway in the city. B

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh I'd love to be in that tram. How wonderfully fun that they still do that regularly.

Les... said...

what a great memory of a wonderful feature of my old home town! I can reassure everyone that pulling the tram was no effort for the clydesdale horses, as it only took one human to push it! They even sometimes hold races with humans pulling the tram! Great one Karen! *VBS*

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful pic, great backstory. It seems like a big load for one horse.

Paula Scott said...

Not only quaint, but remarkable too (and beautiful).

Kim, USA said...

Oh my gush I can't believe a single horse could carry a bus load of people hehe. Amazing!

Visiting from Water World Wednesday
Kim,USA

jill said...

How lovely thank you for your comment on my post xx

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful post and fantastic photo of a great place ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

lina@happy family said...

It's my first time to see a horse drawn tram. I feel sorry for the horse to work so hard and heavy; but it's so wonderfully captured!

e Joops said...

Very quaint indeed!

Questions
Would you mind pitching an answer?

Debbie said...

gorgeous image but i feel a little sad for the horse, it seems like a lot of weight. perhaps he could get some help??

joanne said...

how unexpected! great shot - love all the shades of blue in that water....

Emille said...

Lovely shot -the colors are beautiful! I know Clydesdale horses are work horses, but still....

Faye said...

What a pleasing way to enjoy Granite Island and the surrounding waters. Couldn't tell exactly from your photo, but do the trams feature guided/narrated tours? I was reading your editing preferences on your sidebar. Most of the time I agree with you. Except for those times when I want to get all experimental. Mostly prefer a more natural shot.

Leslie's Garden said...

Wow, that's an awful lot of weight for that horse to tow! He must be an awesome work horse! Such a great photo!

bettyl said...

That is so cool!! It's definitely quaint.

Judy said...

I bet a lot of people want to pet the horses, too!!

Kalantikan said...

So lovely colors, however it has the feeling that the tram is too heavy for the bridge. Maybe that's because of the angle, making the bridge so slim. And the horses look great.

ladyfi said...

What an unusual sight! Great shot.

NatureFootstep said...

what a great way to take the tour! :)

Me said...

Awesome, sure looks like fun. Your photo could be a postcard.