Madras Electric Tramway Co Ltd

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The Madras Electric Tramway Co Ltd was formed in 1892. The construction of the first track commenced in 1894 and the first tramway section opened for use in May 1895. it was the first electric tram system in India. Its activities expanded in 1904. [1] [2]

Trams in Madras (Chennai) were operated between the docks and the inland areas, carrying goods and passengers. At its height in 1921, there were 97 cars running on 24 km of track. However, the tram company went bankrupt about 1950 and the system closed on 12 April 1953. [3]


  1. Wikipedia "Tram Transport in India/Chennai"; Retrieved 12 Dec 2015
  2. "Trams in Madras"; Retrieved 12 Dec 2015
  3. "Tram Views of India"; Retrieved 12 Dec 2015