Sydney Tramway Museum

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Sydney Tramway Museum
NSWDRTT R1-class Tram 1979 during shuttle run.jpg
Established 1950
Location

Pitt Street, Loftus

New South Wales Australia
Coordinates 34°02′40″S 151°03′07″E / 34.044321°S 151.051966°E / -34.044321; 151.051966
Type Tramway museum
Nearest car park On site
Website Official Site

The Sydney Tramway Museum is Australia's oldest tramway museum and the largest in the southern hemisphere, located in Loftus in the southern suburbs of Sydney.

Location[edit]

The museum was officially opened at its original site on the edge of the Royal National Park by NSW Deputy Premier Pat Hills in 1965. It relocated to a larger site across the Princes Highway adjacent to Loftus railway station which opened on 19 March 1988.

Operation[edit]

R1-class Tram 1979 Controller

The museum has an extensive collection of trams from Sydney and cities in Australia and around the world. There are two tram lines from the museum used to run tram rides for museum visitors.

One line runs 1.5 km north towards Sutherland railway station, paralleling Rawson Avenue in the way Sydney's tram system operated.

The second utilises the Royal National Park branch line constructed in 1886 before the line closed in June 1991.[1] The Museum converted the line to light rail standards and connected it to the existing museum line to establish what is now a most popular means of access to the world's second oldest national park.[2]

The Sydney Tramway Museum is run entirely by volunteers and self funds its day-to-day activities, restorations and construction programs from gate takings and donations from the public.

Gallery[edit]

Preservation[edit]

ex-NSW Tramways Rolling stock [3]
No Description Manufacturer Type Year
Built
Length
m
Weight
t
Date
Acquired
Status Comments
12 C-Class Tram Hudson Bros. Single truck 1899 7.62 8.60 1997 SNO Converted to breakdown car 56s in 1909.Converted back to passenger in 1959 By NSWDOT. Originally donated to NSW tramway Historical Society. Body in poor condition. Stored at the old RNP depot site.
29 C-Class Tram Hudson Bros. Single truck 1898 7.62 8.60 1961 IO Converted to breakdown car 60s in 1910.Converted back to passenger in 1995 at STM. Operational in 2001.
33 C-Class Tram Hudson Bros Single truck 1898 7.62 8.60 1995 URF Converted to experimental double deck car in 1907 and lasted until 1908. Converted to breakdown car 33s in 1924 at Randwick Workshops. Body only recovered in 1995 from Newcastle Tramway Museum-Rutherford. Being restored in Bendigo to double deck tram.
37 C-Class Tram Hudson Bros. Single truck 1899 7.62 8.60 2010 URN Sold in 1924. Donated by the Tradesmens Union Club, Canberra in 2010. Moved to Sydney 20/4/2010 for restoration and to be sent to Christchurch, NZ in 2011.
290 C-Class Tram Morrison Single truck 1896 7.93 8.60 1957 IO Converted to breakdown car 115s in 1927 by NSWDOT. Restored to Passenger tram by SPER.
23 Cable trailer Richie Bros Single truck 1894 5.64 2.50 1976 DCO Under restoration
117 D-Class Tram Clyde Single truck 1899 9.40 9.66 1994 URN Converted to breakdown car 112s in 1913 by NSWDOT. Major restoration back to passenger car
529 E-Class Tram Clyde Single truck 1903 8.37 10.20 1957 URN Under restoration
530 E-Class Tram Clyde Single truck 1903 8.37 10.20 1957 URN Under restoration
393 F-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1902 11.75 13.00 1957 IOS Converted to Eye Sight car 127s in 1927. Restored to original condition at STM.
24s Freight car NSWGT Bogie 1903 9.60 12.70 1957 DCO Car preserved without motors. Body restored for display.
675 J-Class Tram Meadowbank Single truck 1904 8.89 11.70 1996 IO Restored to operating condition. In service 2009
1295 K-Class Tram Meadowbank Single truck 1913 8.89 10.90 1997 SNO Originally donated to NSW tramway Historical Society. Body in poor condition. -Stored at old site depot.
1296 K-Class Tram Meadowbank Single truck 1913 8.89 10.90 1957 DCO
154 L/P-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1900 12.45 15.20 1957 IO Built as an F-Class Tram and converted to L class in 1910. Converted to L/P in 1926
257 L/P-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1901 12.45 15.20 1995 SFI Body stored at HPOTS, Cessnock poor condition.
298 L/P-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1901 12.45 15.20 1995 SFI Body stored at HPOTS, Cessnock poor condition
341 L/P-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1901 12.45 15.20 1995 SFI Body stored at HPOTS, Cessnock poor condition
710 N-Class Tram Meadowbank Bogie 1906 11.99 15.10 2007 SFI Stored at Old site, RNP poor condition of body
718 N-Class Tram Meadowbank Bogie 1906 11.99 15.10 1995 SFI Stored at HPOTS, Cessnock poor condition of body
728 N-Class Tram Meadowbank Bogie 1906 11.99 15.10 1957 IO
824 O-Class Tram Meadowbank Bogie 1909 13.58 17.80 1995 SFI Stored at HPOTS, Cessnock poor condition of body
957 O-Class Tram Meadowbank Bogie 1910 13.58 17.80 1978 URN Under restoration
1111 O-Class Tram Meadowbank Bogie 1912 13.58 17.80 1959 IO
1089 O/P-Class Tram Meadowbank Bogie 1912 13.58 17.90 1974 URN Originally an O-Class Tram; rebuilt by NSWDOT to O/P in 15/6/1920. Under restoration
99u Overhead Line car Meadowbank Bogie 1913 12.65 18.90 1959 IOW Operational
1497 P-Class Tram NSWGT Bogie 1922 13.85 16.90 1961 IO
1501 P-Class Tram NSWGT Bogie 1922 13.85 16.90 1999 SFI Stored at Bendigo pending review for restoration
1729 P-Class Tram Morts Dock Bogie 1929 13.85 16.90 2010 SNO Donated by the Tradesmens Union Club, Canberra in 2010. Moved to Sydney 24/1/2010. Future restoration.
1573 P/R1-Class Tram Meadowbank Bogie 1923 13.85 18.60 1965 SNO P car rebuilt as PR1 in 1949 by NSWDOT. To be restored
948 Prison Tram NSWGT Bogie 1909 12.04 15.60 1957 DCO Car preserved without motors.
1740 R-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1933 14.35 18.00 1961 IO
1741 R-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1933 14.35 18.00 2003 SNO Tram body only at old RNP site -awaiting decision of future
1753 R-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1933 14.35 17.90 1999 SFI Body stored at Rozelle Depot-ex Citytram Assoc.
1798 R-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1934 14.35 18.00 1999 SNO Body stored at HPOTS, Cessnock poor condition.
1808 R-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1934 14.35 18.00 1999 OOS Restored at Bendigo in 2000 to operational condition. Stored at Melbourne in Preston Workshops. Leased to MOTAT in New Zealand Jan 2010.
1819 R-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1934 14.35 18.00 2006 SNO Moved From Canberraÿ Tradesmens Union Club .stored at old sited site.
1917 R-Class Tram Bogie 1935 14.35 18.00 2003 SNO Tram body only at old site - awaiting decision of

future.||

1923 R-Class Tram Bogie 1935 14.35 17.90 1997 SFI Body stored at Rozelle Depot-ex Citytram Assoc.
1933 R/R1 class tram Clyde Bogie 1935 14.35 17.90 1990 SNO Car preserved without motors. Currently used as Book Shop
1943 R1-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1935 14.35 17.90 1997 SFI Body stored at Rozelle Depot-ex Citytram Assoc. Future to be decided-July 2012.
1951 R1-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1935 14.35 17.90 1994 SFI Stored at Newstead, Victoria Partly restored
1971 R1-Class Tram Bogie 1936 14.35 17.90 1979 OOS On loan -Operating at AETM at St Kilda in South Australia

in 2005||

1971 R1-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1936 14.35 17.90 1979 OOS On loan- Operating at AETM at St Kilda in South Australia in 2005
1979 R1-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1936 14.35 17.90 1974 IO
1980 R1-Class Tram Clyde Bogie 1936 14.35 17.90 1999 SFI Body stored at HPOTS, Cessnock poor condition.
1995 R1-Class Tram Comeng Bogie 1951 14.35 17.90 1997 SFI Tram stored at Rozelle Depot-ex Citytram Assoc. To be restored and displayed in the redeveloped Rozelle Depot .
2001 R1-Class Tram Comeng Bogie 1951 14.35 17.90 2001 IO Acquired by STM as a body in 2001. Restored at Bendigo in

2001 for the proposed Federation Tramways. Stored at Canberra until 7/10/2005.||

2044 R1-Class Tram Comeng Bogie 1952 14.35 17.90 1983 SNO Car preserved without motors. Currently used as Traffic Office
2050 R1-Class Tram Comeng Bogie 1952 14.35 17.90 2011 SFI Tram stored at Rozelle Depot- originally owned by Sydney City Council now ownership passed to STM-
3 Reciprocating Rail Grinder S. and E. Single truck 1920 4.27 6.10 1971 OOS Operable -Converted to current design by MMTB in 1958. Loaned to MOTAT despatched from STM 11/05/2011. The Board approved a 2 year loan at the April 2011 meeting.
3 Reciprocating Rail Grinder S. and E. Single truck 1920 4.27 6.10 1971 OOS Operable -Converted to current design by MMTB in 1958. Loaned to MOTAT despatched from STM 11/05/2011. The Board approved a 2 year loan at the April 2011 meeting.
11W Scrubber Meadowbank Single truck 1908 8.89 10.90 2003 SFO Originally K-Class Tram 797, converted to scrubber in 1953 by NSWDOT and coded 139s. Sold to MMTB in 1961. Stored in Melbourne at Preston Workshops.
134s Scrubber tram Ritchie Bros Single truck 1899 9.40 12.50 1961 IOW Originally D class tram 102, converted to scrubber in 1930 and coded 134s. Fully operational.
147s Track Tamper Single truck IOW Originally TDX45 on NSWGR register. At Lithgow for conversion.
147s Track Tamper Single truck IOW Originally TDX45 on NSWGR register. Currently at Lithgow for conversion & to make operational.
19 Trolleybus Ritchie Bros Trolleybus 1937 9.30 8.80 1978 URN Under restoration
144s Weed Burner NSWGT Single truck 1956 3.00 3.60 1961 IOS
93u Ballast Motor Meadowbank Bogie 1913 12.65 18.90 1967 URN Restored for display only in 1991.
42s Ballast Motor-U2 NSWGT Bogie 1907 11.43 15.70 1981 IOW Numbered L707 in NSWGR service from 1926 to 1980.
Balmain Counterweight Clyde Single truck 1903 3.28 2.00 1955 IOS Restored at HVTC in 1990. On display in Display Hall
141s Breakdown car Meadowbank Bogie 1911 13.85 18.03 1964 IOW Originally O-Class Tram 1030, converted to breakdown car in 1955 by NSWDOT and coded 141s.

Status Legend[edit]

[3]

  • DCO Display condition only
  • IO In Operation
  • IOA In Operation - awaiting accreditation
  • IOS In Operation - special days only
  • IOW In Operation - Works vehicle
  • OOS Operating Off Site
  • SFI Stored off site - inoperable
  • SFO Stored off site - operable
  • SNO Stored on site - inoperable
  • URF Under Restoration - Off site
  • URN Under Restoration - On site

Publications[edit]

The Sydney Tramway Museum publishes Trolley Wire on behalf of most tramway museums around the country. Published quarterly, it carries articles on tramways around the world and news from the various Australasian heritage tramways.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Royal National Park services stopped" Railway Digest September 1991 page 314
  2. ^ "National Park Line" Railway Digest May 1992 page 194
  3. ^ a b "Sydney Tramway Museum Fleet Register". Sydney Tramway Museum. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 

External links[edit]