Rozelle Tram Depot

Rozelle Tram Depot is a former tram storage and operations centre that was part of the Sydney tram network. It is the largest remaining tram depot in Sydney. The depot was turned into a food-centric retail complex that opened in September 2016.[1]

Rozelle Tram Depot
Main Sydney Tram System
Glebe abandoned tram depot1.jpg
LocaleGlebe, New South Wales
Open17 April 1904
Close22 November 1958
Statusconverted to shopping centre
Operator(s)New South Wales Tramways
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Depot(s)Rozelle Tram Depot


Depot gardens, 1919
Depot gardens
The depot contained some of the last trams to have operated on Sydney's original tram network

Rozelle Tram Depot opened on 17 April 1904, working in conjunction with Newtown and Ultimo depots operating trams on the western, south-western and Ryde tram routes. The depot was originally accessed by a reserved track from Glebe which ran along what is now known as Minogue Crescent.[2][3][4] Access to the depot was controlled by a signal box situated near the staff waiting room which also served as a changeover point for drivers.

Constructed in stages from 1904 the depot was a 25 road car shed accommodating 96 carriages, this was gradually increased to 125 by 1907. Construction of the second half of the depot in that same year saw the depot cater for an additional 70 trams.[5] From 1918 depot capacity was increased to 200 tram cars.

In 1926 and 1928 the Rozelle Depot gardens won the Garden Competition which was held annually between tram depots.[6]

A Returned Soldiers branch was established by Tramways employees and a Soldiers Memorial was erected on-site at the front of the Traffic Offices on 26 November 1916.[7] This was to commemorate the various depot staff who served in both World War I and World War II. Of the 1,157 Tramway men enlisted during World War I, 139 were either killed or went missing.[8]

Upon closure of Ultimo depot on 27 June 1953, Rozelle depot received additional trams to run the Darling Street Wharf to Canterbury route.

The depot ceased operations on 22 November 1958 upon closure of the Glebe line. On the following day the depot was cleared of all cars and the lines connecting the system were removed.[9]

Soon after its closure the depot was leased out to several different parties, including CHEP, the Sydney City Council and the City Tram Association.[3]

The depot at one stage contained six historic Sydney trams, some of which date back to the 1930s, as well as a Leyland Royal Tiger Worldmaster bus that has been heavily vandalised. The trams that were in near mint condition prior to 2000 were vandalised, stripped and painted with graffiti.[10] Five of the trams belonging to the Sydney Tramway Society were originally acquired and stored in the shed as part of a now defunct plan by the City of Sydney council to introduce a heritage tramway to The Rocks. One of the trams was R1 class 1995, the last tram to operate on Sydney's original tram network, entering Randwick Tramway Workshops in February 1961 on the last day of operations.[11][12]<

A development proposal submitted in 2005 that included multi-storey apartments, underground car parking and commercial offices ran into opposition from residents.[13] The site has been considered for a variety of uses, including a market, artists' studios, performance spaces.[10]

On 10 December 2010 it was announced the entire Harold Park Paceway site had been purchased by Mirvac to be redeveloped for medium-density housing.[14]

The last tram was removed in January 2015.[15] It was restored in Bendigo and returned for inclusion in the Tramsheds shopping centre that opened on 22 September 2016.[16][17][18]

Summary phases of Former Rozelle Tram Depot site:

  • 1827-1904 Estuarine land, part of Toxteth Estate
  • 1904-1909 Tram Depot Establishment
  • 1904-1958 Tram Depot in Operation
  • 1959-1980s Storage, Depot and Workshop
  • 1980s-2004 General Store
  • 2004-2012 Vacant Building
  • Present Tramsheds shopping centre developed by Mirvac


Coordinates: 33°52′35″S 151°10′41″E / 33.87644°S 151.17819°E / -33.87644; 151.17819


  1. ^ Cormack, Lucy (22 September 2016). "Harold Park Tramsheds open to reveal European-inspired food hall". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  2. ^ Keenan, David (1979). Tramways of Sydney. Sans Souci: Transit Press. p. 18. ISBN 0 909338 02 7.
  3. ^ a b Keenan, David (1982). The Western Lines of the Sydney Tramway System. Petersham: Transit Press. pp. 54/55. ISBN 0 909338 12 4.
  4. ^ Harold Park Tramsheds Glebe Society
  5. ^ page 9, Godden Mackay Logan "Former Rozelle Tram Depot - Conservation Management Plan", September 2004
  6. ^ Page 11, Godden Mackay Logan "Former Rozelle Tram Depot - Conservation Management Plan", September 2004
  7. ^ War Memorial Rozelle Tramway Depot Sydney Morning Herald 27 November 1916
  8. ^ Page 12 , Godden Mackay Logan "Former Rozelle Tram Depot - Conservation Management Plan, September 2004
  9. ^ Page 12, Godden Mackay Logan, "Former Rozelle Tram Depot - Conservation Management Plan" September 2004
  10. ^ a b Rozelle Tram Depot Sydney Architecture
  11. ^ Unpimp my tram: buffs want vandalised relics restored to former glory Brisbane Times 4 May 2009
  12. ^ Tramway heritage: Will it be Clover Moore or David Campbell who rises to the challenge? The Southern Thunderer 14 October 2009
  13. ^ Off like a Bondi tram: heritage left rotting in a shed Sydney Morning Herald 11 April 2009
  14. ^ Mirvac wins race for Harold Park Paceway Sydney Morning Herald 10 October 2010
  15. ^ As Sydney builds its light rail, its last tram leaves for Victoria Sydney Morning Herald 30 January 2015
  16. ^ Bought for a bargain $50, Sydney’s last tram on track for a makeover Inner West Courier 5 February 2015
  17. ^ Tramshed Revival Harold Park by Mirvac
  18. ^ [1] Tramsheds Harold Park