Dunedin, New Zealand, which, on February 24, 1881, had been the second city after San Francisco to adopt cable cars, was also the last other to close down, in 1957.
Seashore's No. 105 ran last on Dunedin's Mornington Line, and was shipped to Boston aboard Montreal Australia New Zealand Lines' ship M.V. Whangaroa after the service ended. A gift to the Museum from the City of Dunedin, Car 105 was ceremonially presented to Governors Foster W. Furcolo of Massachusetts and Edmund S. Muskie of Maine, and to Seashore's Board Chairman, Rev. Alexander VanCortlandt Hamilton V, by Sir Leslie Munro, K.C.M.G., President of the United Nations General Assembly.
Before being trucked to Maine, No. 105 was exhibited at the Annual Spring Sportsmen's Show, in Boston's venerable Mechanics Hall, just before the building was demolished to make way for the new Prudential Center. Car 105 has evoked the nostalgia of former World War II servicemen, who recall rides on the diminutive cars between combat tours.
Historic Cars: The National Collection at the Seashore Trolley Museum by Ben Minnich