Madras Tramway Proposals

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The Madras Tramway Proposals were put forward by the Madras Government in 1857 for ‘experiments for using tramways instead of common roads were being carried out in the Madras Territories and may be used in the Punjab’ [1].

It would appear that Madras were experiencing problems in crossing unstable ground and river neds and were developing solutions using temporary tracks.

Further Information

See page Tramroads, Riverbed Crossings

See also Early Railway Experiments and Proposals for more information and background.


Not to be confused with first tramway in Madras which was many years later in 1892 with the formation of The Madras Electric Tramway Co Ltd. The construction of the first track commenced in 1894 and the first tramway section opened for use in May 1895.


  1. British Library IOR/E/4/843 p1238 “Roads, Madras, tramways suggested as substitutes for common roads”