Sydney Tramway Museum
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 at Loftus in the southern suburbs of Sydney.
|Location||Pitt Street, Loftus New South Wales Australia|
|Nearest car park||On site|
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. The facilities were basic, initially a four-track shed built with second hand materials and approximately 800 metres of running track.
The museum operates a demonstration tramway with over 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) of track from the southern skirt of Sutherland CBD through Loftus across the Princes Hwy and into the Royal National Park.
It has a fully functional workshop complete with Pits and overhead cranes that permits full restorations of trams to take place as well as running repairs.
During the late 1980s, 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 1 May 1993 The Tramway Museum commenced operations on previous heavy rail "Royal National Park Line" that ceased operations in 1991 as an extension of its Heritage tramway operations.
In 2001 the Museum was the recipient of the YMCA facade, that was previously located at the corner of Pitt and Bathurst Street. The facade was relocated by Meriton to make way for a new building being constructed at the same location. This huge impressive sandstone structure dating from the 1880s makes a spectacular backdrop when entering the museum complex from the front gates. The building is not finished yet, and is still being worked on as funding permits.
On 23 October 2015 at about 11:30 pm the museum storage shed was broken into by graffiti artists and caught fire. Located off the main museum site, at the Museums 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 in the blaze.
In Jan 2018 after a three-year redevelopment of the North Terminus area, in conjunction with the Sydney Trains Heritage unit, a new Annex was opened utilizing the disused 1926 Railway electrical substation. The fully refurbished heritage substation building and freshly relaid track and new tram waiting shed has added a whole new dimension to the Sutherland line tram trip, creating a new destination in itself with more exciting exhibits.
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 other cities in Australia, as well as from other places 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 kilometres (0.93 mi) north towards Sutherland, paralleling Rawson Avenue in the way that parts of Sydney's tram system operated.
In 1993 the museum converted the line to tramway 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 Day) 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, maintenance and construction programs from gate takings and donations from the generous public.
- 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.
|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 April 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. Out of service after accident with Nagasaki 1054|
|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|
|1111||O-Class Tram||Meadowbank||Bogie||1912||13.58||17.80||1959||IO||Oldest tram in regular operation|
|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 on 15 June 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||URN||Donated by the Tradesmens Union Club, Canberra in 2010. Moved to Sydney 24 January 2010. Under restoration. New P type bogies fitted 10/11/18. Currently awaiting further restoration due to workshop queue|
|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|
|1979||R1-Class Tram||Clyde||Bogie||1936||14.35||17.90||1974||IO||Temporarily out of service. Damaged suspension|
|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||IO||Acquired by STM as a body in 2001. Restored at Bendigo in
2001 for the proposed Federation Tramways. Overhaul Complete December 2019, In Temporary Service. Will be Withdrawn for repainting to green and cream livery in January 2020
|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||Variotram||Adtranz/Bombardier||5 Module Low floor||1997||29.5||36.5||2018||DCO||Tram is currently not available for traffic operation, however it is in full operating condition. Infrastructure works are required for it to become operational at Loftus, it is hoped these will be complete by 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 two-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 and 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||URN||In Federal Capital Commission Tramways Livery. Repainting in progress|
|180||Brisbane Dreadnought Tram||Gardiner||Bogie||1924||11.58||12.20||1964||IO|
|295||Brisbane Dropcentre Tram||BCC||Bogie||1930||13.87||15.30||1968||IO|
|548||Brisbane FM Class||BCC||Bogie||1963||14.94||16.10||1969||IO|
|1692||Peter Witt Car||Breda||Bogie||1929||13.89||15.00||2001||URN||Will enter service once modifications are made to overhead and air compressor issues are resolved. Former Milan class 1500 Tram. Based at Brunswick depot before transfer to Sydney|
|1014||PCC Tram||St Louis Car Co||Bogie||1948||15.37||18.20||1987||URN||Donated as bicentenary gift in 1988. Awaiting parts. Former SF Muni tram|
|1054||Nagasaki Class 1050||Nigata Iron Works||Bogie||1952||11.40||14.30||1992||IO||In Sendai, Japan the number was 121. Regauged and sent to Nagasaki Tramway system. Donated as Bicentennial Gift. Involved in accident with J675 May 2016. Repairs completed and re-entered service in early 2018|
- 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.
Engineering heritage awardEdit
- Tram museum needs $300k St George Leader 10 October 2012
- 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
- "Sydney Tramway Museum Fleet Register" (PDF). Sydney Tramway Museum. December 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2015.
- "Sydney Tramway Museum, 1950 –". Engineers Australia. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
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