Sydney Tramway Museum
|Location||Pitt Street, Loftus New South Wales Australia|
|Nearest car park||On site|
The Sydney Tramway Museum (operated by the South Pacific Electric Railway) is Australia's oldest tramway museum and the largest in the southern hemisphere. It is located in Loftus in the southern suburbs of Sydney.
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 was relocated to a larger site across the Princes Highway adjacent to Loftus railway station which opened on 19 March 1988.
During the late 1980's, the telemovies "Harp in the South" and "A Poor Man's Orange" had scenes filmed at the new site adjacent to Loftus Railway Station.
On 23 October 2015 at about 11:00 to 11:30 pm a museum storage shed caught fire and was destroyed. Located off the main museum site, at its original location in the Royal National Park near Loftus Oval, the shed housed the museum's reserve collection of six trams, four buses and a double decker bus chassis dating to 1937. The shed and contents were destroyed.
The 2018 Film "Ladies in Black" had both live action scenes and film stock for CGI segments filmed around the Railway Square Waiting Shed that is located in the southern end of the museum site.
The museum has an extensive collection of trams from Sydney and cities in Australia and around the world. There are two tram lines radiating from the museum that are 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 that parts of Sydney's tram system operated.
In 1993 the Museum converted the line to light rail standards and connected it to the then existing Sutherland line to establish what is now a popular means of access to the world's second oldest national park. The line terminates at Royal National Park railway station.
The Museum opens and operates trams on Wednesdays, Sundays, Public Holidays (except Christmas) and on selected weekdays during school holidays.
Charter operations, Wedding and commercial photography shoots can be arranged for other days by contacting the booking officer.
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.
The Museum is owned by Howard R. Clark OAM.
- Details for trams shown at the old depot in the Royal National Park are to be updated to show damage caused by the fire on 23 October 2015. Details for trams shown stored at Rozelle to be updated.
|Rolling Stock |
|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 on completion.|
|290||C-Class Tram||Morrison||Single truck||1896||7.93||8.60||1957||IOS||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||IOS||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. Damaged and out of service 2016|
|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 RNP 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|
|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|
|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|
|1501||P-Class Tram||NSWGT||Bogie||1922||13.85||16.90||1999||SFI||Stored at Bendigo pending review for restoration|
|1729||P-Class Tram||Mort's 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.|
|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 December 2009 and used in Auckland until June 2017. Transported to Christchurch for Welcome Aboard Limited's Christchurch City Tramway August 2017>|
|1819||R-Class Tram||Clyde||Bogie||1934||14.35||18.00||2006||SNO||Moved From Canberra Tradesmens Union Club. Stored at old RNP site*.|
|1917||R-Class Tram||Bogie||1935||14.35||18.00||2003||SNO||Tram body only at old site - awaiting decision of
|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
|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|
|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. Cosmetically restored, adapted for retail use and displayed in the redeveloped Rozelle Depot .|
|2001||R1-Class Tram||Comeng||Bogie||1951||14.35||17.90||2001||SNO||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-|
|2107||Variobahn||Adtranz/Bombardier||5 Module Low floor||1997||~30||Unknown||2018||DCO||Tram is currently not operational however there are plans for this tram to become operational late 2019|
|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. Shipped to Auckland May-June 2011, overhauled and shipped back to Sydney, September 2017|
|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 Brothers||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. Currently at Lithgow for conversion & to make operational.|
|19||Trolleybus||Ritchie Brothers||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.|
|111||Z2-Class Tram||Comeng||Bogie||1979||16.52||19.20||2003||IO||111 mostly operates during Autumn, Winter and Spring|
|249||W2-Class Tram||Moore||Bogie||1924||14.63||16.52||1996||IO||In Federal Capital Commission Tramways Livery|
|180||Brisbane Dreadnought Tram||Gardiner||Bogie||1924||11.58||12.20||1964||IO|
|295||Brisbane Dropcenter Tram||BCC||Bogie||1930||13.87||15.30||1968||IO|
|548||Brisbane FM Class||BCC||Bogie||1963||14.94||16.10||1969||IO|
- 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
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.
- Filming locations of Ladies in Black IMDb
- "Royal National Park services stopped" Railway Digest September 1991 page 314
- "National Park Line" Railway Digest May 1992 p. 194
- "My own private museum:- How I own and operate the Sydney Tramway Museum" Howard R. Clark public speech, Sydney Trains transport forum, Sydney 2015
- "Sydney Tramway Museum Fleet Register" (PDF). Sydney Tramway Museum. December 2014.
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