Sydney E-Class Tram

The E-class trams were a class of single bogie (four-wheel) single-ended cross-bench design trams operated on the Sydney tram network. They always operated in permanently-coupled pairs because they were fitted-out electrically as if the pair was a single bogie car.[1]

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E530 & E529 at Centennial Park
ManufacturerRandwick Tramway Workshops
Clyde Engineering
Meadowbank Manufacturing Company
Number built202
Fleet numbers396, 397, 413-612
Train length27 ft 5.5 in (8.37 m)
Width7 ft 3.5 in (2.22 m)
Height12 ft 1.5 in (3.70 m)
Maximum speed60 km/h
Weight10.02 long tons (10.2 t)
Power output4 x 48 hp (later 60)
Electric system(s)600 V DC overhead (trolley) wire
Current collection methodTrolley pole
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)


In 1901, two prototypes were built by the Randwick Tramway Workshops. Deemed a success, a further 200 were built by Clyde Engineering and Meadowbank Manufacturing Company in 1902/03. They were introduced for the electrification of the Eastern Suburbs lines, but also operated services on the North Shore lines.[2]

Withdrawals commenced in 1934; two pairs (499+500 and 529+530) were fitted with track brakes for the Neutral Bay service, with 529+530 lasting in service until 1955.[2]



Two have been preserved:


  1. ^ McCarth & Chinn (1974). New South Wales Tramcar Handbook 1861-1961. SPER.
  2. ^ a b MacCowan, Ian (1990). The Tramways of New South Wales. Oakleigh: Ian MacCowan. pp. 116/117. ISBN 0 949600 25 3.
  3. ^ "Sydney Tramway Museum Fleet Register" (PDF). Sydney Tramway Museum. Retrieved 4 September 2013.

Further readingEdit

  • Chinn, N (1975). New South Wales Tramcar Handbook 1861-1961. Vol. 1. South Pacific Electric Railway Cooperative Society. ISBN 9780959865967.
  • McCarthy, Ken (1976). New South Wales Tramcar Handbook 1861-1961. Vol. 2. South Pacific Electric Railway Cooperative Society. ISBN 9780959865974.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sydney E-Class Tram at Wikimedia Commons