Grip Car No. 3
‘Grip Car No. 3’ was used in the early 1900s. It’s unique because the grip man’s cabin with the main controls and brakes is located right in the middle. Despite this seemingly awkward configuration, it’s an elegant piece of machinery. Beautifully restored, it evokes an earlier time of technological progress and late Victorian innovation.
Wind back the gears of time when the original grip car took its first passengers. Put on a costume, take a photo in front of the beautifully restored cable car, and hashtag #cablecarmuseumand #museumswellington to share it with us! The costumes are located downstairs near Grip Car No. 3. Watch the fun video below:
Original Winding Machine
Past the grip car you’ll enter the winding machine room, which was fully operational from 1930 to 1978. This was the nerve centre of the cable car system, and here you’ll see the machinery once used to haul the cable cars up the hill to the summit. The engineering skill, innovation and technology that was used to transport many Wellingtonians and visitors for over a century is simply fascinating.
The Relentless Red Rattler
See one of the red cable cars that were used from the 1950s to the late 1970s. Take a seat on the ‘Relentless Red Rattler’ – so called because of the rattling noise it produced when going up and down the steep incline and through the tunnels. Follow the history of the cable car and see a short film about the evolution of Wellington’s iconic transport system from the 1900s to the present day.
The Cable Car Museum is located next to the Kelburn terminus of the cable car, with its breathtaking views of Wellington city and its harbour as well as access to the Botanic Garden.
Open: 9.30am to 5.00pm every day
Closed: Christmas Day
General admission is free. Bookings are essential for all schools and tour groups. Charges may apply.
T: +64 4 475 3578
1A Upland Road, Kelburn
The Museum is located at the top of the Cable Car, a ten minute ride from Lambton Quay.