Trams of Australia

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Welcome to the Australian tram information page!

Here is the place to find out about the trams of Australia, both past and present: where they can be found, and where and when they run.

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Present-day operation of trams as public transport--route maps, service frequency, fares--the sort of information that is useful to potential passengers. Each city is covered separately.
Historical operations of trams in Australia. There are descriptions of trams in various cities, and a short history of the Australia-wide picture. All of these contain links to more detailed descriptions of tram types, and ultimately, to the museums where you can find them. (e.g. Are you interested in Birney cars? Find out where most of the world's remaining ones are!)
A list of Australian museums, state by state (and some overseas ones too).
A list of books about trams and tramways in Australia.
A short list of related information pages.
A list of changes and updates to this page.
Long live the tram!

There are still gaps in the information here. If you have any contributions, comments or corrections, please let me know.

New! (3-Jun-1999) Sydney J class and M class trams added.

A note to Americans: where you would call trams 'streetcars' or 'trolleys', these terms are not used here. An Australian, hearing your American accent, would probably understand 'streetcar'; but trolleys (if they carry people at all) generally carry only those who are laid out flat on their backs. Nevertheless, power is picked up by a 'trolley pole' (on the old trams at least) and we did once have 'trolleybuses' (but they were never called 'trackless trolleys').


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First, a special mention for our Canadian contingent...
[1] Thanks to Ian Fisher, (President, Transport 2000 British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada) for information about Melbourne trams in Seattle.

[2] Thanks to Dewi Williams,, for pictures of Glenelg trams 1 and 2; for scrubber car 11W, (formerly Sydney K-class tram); for Sydney P-class tram (several pictures); for Z and B2 trams, used to create images on this page; for picture of Collins St. cable tram; for route map and timetable information about Glenelg trams; for information about Beerwah, QLD, and information about trams in Kennebunkport and Christchurch.

[3] Thanks to Annmarie Copple for picture of red-painted W class tram.

[4] Thanks to Barry Ollerenshaw for information about Brisbane trams in New Zealand museums.

[5] Thanks to Daniel Bowen,, for pictures of city circle, W, Z1 and Z3 trams.

[6] Thanks to Christian Legg,, for information about the Australian Electric Transport Museum in South Australia.

[7] Thanks to Tim Blythman,, for lots of information about old-A-class, L-class, W-class, X-class and other Birney cars, Y-class, Adelaide H-class and other trams, and for some corrections.

[8] Thanks to Chris Brownbill,, for maps of Australian tram networks, and Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Hobart tram systems, and for adding to the list of books. He also did the Melbourne system map on the Public Transport Advocacy page (elsewhere).

[9] Thanks to Ian Stevens,, and Greg Sutherland, for information about Sydney trams and the Sydney Tramway Museum, about books on the subject, and for the extracts from the Godden Mackay report to the National Trust quoted from here. Greg has also contributed much additional information about Sydney trams.

[10] Thanks to Bill Winn,, for information about Bendigo trams and the Bendigo Tramways.

[11] Thanks to Val Golding,, for detailed information about Melbourne trams in Seattle.

[12] Thanks to John C Radcliffe,, for much additional information, particularly about Adelaide trams.

[13] Thanks to Walter E. Rice,, for additional information and corrections about Melbourne trams in the USA.

[14] Thanks to Andrew Cox and the Ballarat Vintage Tramway for pictures of cable tram, restaurant tram, M-class, E-class, S-class, W2-class, W3-class, W4-class, Z2-class trams.

[15] Thanks to Trevor Edmonds, 100243.1770@CompuServe.COM, for information about Sydney steam trams at the Powerhouse Museum and in New Zealand

[16] Thanks to Ian Stevens again, and the Sydney Tramway Museum, for pictures of Seattle W2 trams, Central Station colonnade, Fort Macquarie tram depot, Brisbane Phoenix tram and Christchurch W2 tram.

[17] Thanks to Russell Jones for information about the Tramway Museum of Victoria fleet.

[18] Thanks to Eric Rosenberg, Eric Junkermann, Bruce Gamble and Mick Topp for miscellaneous corrections and information.

[19] Thanks to David Brown,, for updated information on the whereabouts of many trams, particularly W2s. And to David Brown again (this time for information about Leonora trams and Whiteman Park.

[20]Thanks to Matthew Geier,, for picture of Sydney Light Rail tram at top of this page.

[21] Thanks to John Yelland for identifying the P-class tram at the Old Canberra Tram Co.

[22] Thanks to Brian Evans and David Bromage, of RailPage Australia, for hosting the site!

[23] Thanks to John Lambert,, for updated information about the Brisbane Tramway Museum

[24] Thanks to Bill Bolton for updated information about W2 trams in Memphis, USA.

[25] Thanks to Kym Smith for updated information about the Australian Electric Transport Museum Australian Trams