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Trams in Australia

Modern C class as used on the Melbourne network.

In Australia, tram networks were developed to provide public transport in many of the country's cities and towns in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As the twentieth century wore on, trams fell out of favour and most networks closed or were severely cut back. A revival in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries has seen trams return to some of the larger cities and existing networks extended.

The only city with an extensive tram network is Melbourne. Single lines operate in Adelaide, Sydney and on the Gold Coast. Plans have been announced to construct lines in Newcastle and Perth and a second line in Sydney. Several tourist lines also exist.


  • History 1
    • Timeline 1.1
  • New South Wales 2
    • Maitland 2.1
    • Newcastle 2.2
    • Broken Hill 2.3
    • Sydney 2.4
  • Queensland 3
    • Brisbane 3.1
    • Gold Coast 3.2
    • Rockhampton 3.3
  • South Australia 4
    • Adelaide 4.1
    • St Kilda 4.2
    • Victor Harbor 4.3
  • Tasmania 5
    • Hobart 5.1
    • Launceston 5.2
  • Victoria 6
    • Ballarat 6.1
    • Bendigo 6.2
    • Geelong 6.3
    • Melbourne 6.4
    • Portland 6.5
    • Sorrento 6.6
  • Western Australia 7
    • Perth 7.1
    • Fremantle 7.2
  • Tramway Museums 8
  • Proposals 9
    • Canberra, Queanbeyan and Palerang Council 9.1
    • Brisbane 9.2
    • Hobart 9.3
    • Perth 9.4
  • Australian tramcar manufacturers 10
    • ABB/Adtranz, Dandenong 10.1
    • Austral Otis 10.2
    • Ansair 10.3
    • Benjamin Carne 10.4
    • Bolton 10.5
    • Bombardier 10.6
    • Clyde Engineering, Sydney (now part of Downer EDI Rail) 10.7
    • Comeng/ABB, Melbourne 10.8
    • Duncan and Fraser 10.9
    • Fremantle Municipal Tramways 10.10
    • Henry Vale 10.11
    • Holden 10.12
    • Hudson Brothers, Sydney 10.13
    • James Morrison 10.14
    • Mort's Dock Engineering Co 10.15
    • NSW Railway Workshops, Redfern 10.16
    • Meadowbank Manufacturing Company, Sydney 10.17
    • Melbourne, Brunswick & Coburg Tramways Trust 10.18
    • Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board, Melbourne 10.19
    • Moore 10.20
    • Prahran & Malvern Tramways Trust 10.21
    • Pengelly & Co, Edwardstown, SA 10.22
    • Randwick Tramway Workshops, Sydney 10.23
    • Robert Ritchie/Ritchie Bros, Sydney 10.24
    • S & E Co 10.25
    • Stansfield & Carey 10.26
    • Thomas Wearne 10.27
    • Victorian Railways 10.28
    • Waddingtons/Commonwealth Engineering, Sydney 10.29
    • Western Australian Government Railways 10.30
    • Westralia Ironworks 10.31
  • Overseas manufacturers of Australian trams 11
    • Alstom 11.1
    • ASEA 11.2
    • Baldwin (USA) 11.3
    • Beyer, Peacock 11.4
    • Bombardier 11.5
    • Brown, Marshalls (Birmingham, England) 11.6
    • J G Brill (USA) 11.7
    • Brush 11.8
    • Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles 11.9
    • Duewag 11.10
    • G Starbuck, Birkenhead, England 11.11
    • Gilbert & Bush Co for J G Brill 11.12
    • J M Jones Manufacturing Co (New York) 11.13
    • Kitson 11.14
    • Merryweather 11.15
    • St Louis Car Co (USA) 11.16
    • Siemens 11.17
  • Unknown manufacturers 12
  • Notes 13
  • See also 14
  • References 15
  • External links 16


In the 19th century numerous horse drawn systems were established, with Adelaide and Brisbane establishing reasonably large systems (for their day) and retaining their horse-drawn trams when other systems had adopted steam or cable traction. Victor Harbor and Gawler in South Australia are examples of small, single-line horse-drawn systems which survived until 1953 and 1931 respectively; the Victor Harbor line reopened in 1985.

Trams at Railway Square in Sydney

Following a short lived experiment with a privately run horse tram line in Pitt Street in the 1860s, Sydney adopted steam trams, which were operated by the state government. By comparison, Melbourne adopted cable trams, which were owned by the local government, but operated initially by a private company. The Melbourne cable tramway system became the largest in the world in the late 19th century, with some cable lines retained until 1940. Sydney operated only two cable tram lines (in North Sydney and along South Head Road) and eschewed the high capital outlay required for cable traction, preferring instead to retain their steam trams, until most of the system was converted to electric operation between 1898 and 1910.

Smaller provincial towns in New South Wales, such as Maitland, Broken Hill and Newcastle had steam tram systems operated by the New South Wales Government. Rockhampton, Queensland, also had a steam tram system, which was operated by the City of Rockhampton. With the exception of Newcastle, these systems had closed by the 1930s.

Gold mining towns, with their rapid growth and wealth soon adopted trams, with Bendigo and Ballarat in Victoria and Kalgoorlie and Leonora in Western Australia all adopting electric tram systems. Bendigo held trials of a battery-operated tram, but this was unsuccessful. The Victorian systems survived until 1972 following their takeover by the state government, whereas the West Australian examples ceased operations in the 1950s as a result of the economic decline of those towns at the time.

Electrification was quickly adopted in Australian systems, with Hobart and Brisbane the first systems to be electrified in 1893 and 1897 respectively. Hobart thus was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to operate a successful electric tramway system. It was also the only Australian city to use the European-style 'bow collector', instead of Frank Sprague's trolley pole system. Hobart was also the first city outside Europe to employ electric double-decker trams. The Hobart system retained a distinctly "English" appearance throughout its existence.

Perth had an electric tram system in operation between 1898 and 1958.

Adelaide was the last major city to convert its trams to electric operation, in 1908, with the system closing (except for the Glenelg line) in 1958.

A distinctive feature of many Australasian trams was the drop-centre, a lowered central section between bogies (wheel-sets), to make passenger access easier by reducing the number of steps required to get inside of the vehicle. The trams made by Boon & Co in 1906-07 for the Christchurch system may have been the first with this feature; they were referred to as drop-centres or Boon cars. Trams for Christchurch and Wellington built in the 1920s with an enclosed section at each end and an open-sided middle section were also known as Boon cars, but did not have the drop-centre. Similar trams were known in America as the Hedley-Doyle stepless car, named for two employees of the New York Railways Company, e.g. the "Big Lizzie" of Brisbane supplied by J. G. Brill in 1913.



  • Yellow = historical passenger network
  • Green = existing continuously operated tram network (more than one line)
  • Blue = operating a reduced size single line or tourist railway
  • Red = replica tourist tram only
  • Orange = operating a contemporary light rail public transit network
  • Purple = historical mixed use (freight/passenger)

New South Wales

Opening of the Maitland Tramway in 1909
Tram in Scott Street Newcastle near the turn of the 19th century


A steam tram line connected East and West Maitland between 1909 and 1926. The line ran from Victoria Street Station in East Maitland through East Maitland. It passed along High Street West Maitland crossing the 'Long Bridge' and terminated in the suburb of Campbells Hill. There was single track branch from High Street, West Maitland running along Church Street to West Maitland railway station. This branch line closed in 1915.

There were proposals to extend the line westwards from Campbells Hill to Rutherford but these never eventuated. There were proposals to electrify the service in 1921 but instead it was decided to withdraw the service. The tramway closed on 31 December 1926.


A steam tram system operated in Newcastle, New South Wales from 1887, with a branch to West Wallsend. It was electrified in 1923-26. The last line closed in 1950.

The construction of a modern system was announced in 2014. The line will take over part of the Newcastle railway line.

Broken Hill

A steam tramway service operated in Broken Hill from 1902 until its closure in December 1926.


Variotram on the Sydney light rail network

Sydney, the largest city in Australia and New South Wales capital, once had the largest tram system in Australia, the second largest in the British Empire, after London, and one of the largest in the world. It was also extremely intensively worked, with about 1,600 cars in service at any one time at its peak during the 1930s (cf. about 500 much larger trams in Melbourne today). Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, there was an average of more than one tram journey per day made by every man and woman, infant and child in the city. Patronage peaked in 1945 at the extraordinary level of 405 million passenger journeys. The system was in place from 1861, until its winding down in the 1950s and eventual closure in 1961. It had a maximum street mileage of 181 miles (291 km) in 1923.

In 1997, more than 30 years after trams disappeared from Sydney streets, trams were reintroduced in the form of light rail. A single line was opened between Central Station and Pyrmont, mostly utilising a former goods railway, which was extended along the remaining section of disused railway to Lilyfield in the Inner Western Suburbs in 2000. Following a further cut back to the city's freight rail network, a south-western extension to Dulwich Hill opened in 2014. A second line through the CBD and into the Eastern Suburbs has been announced.


Brisbane trams in the 1930s
Steam trams in Rockhampton, 1923; note the small boiler at the front of the leading tram


The Brisbane Tram System was operational from 1885 to 1969.

Brisbane's tram system ran on standard gauge track. The electric system was originally energised to 500 volts, this was subsequently increased to 600 volts.

Most trams operated with a two person crew - a driver (or motorman) and a conductor, who moved about the tram collecting fares and issuing tickets. The exceptions to this arrangement were on the Gardens line (Lower Edward Street) where the short duration of the trip meant it was more effective for passengers to simply drop their fare into a fare box as the entered the tram; and the "one man cars" which operated in the early 1930s (see below).

The system route kilometrage reached its maximum extent of 109 kilometres in 1952. The total track kilometrage was 199 kilometres, owing to many routes ending in single, rather than double, track. Single track segments of the track were protected by signalling which operated off the trolley wire. By 1959 more than 140 kilometres of track were laid in concrete, a method of track construction pioneered in Brisbane.

The last track opened was in O'Keefe Street Woolloongabba, in May 1961. However, this track was not used in normal passenger service and was merely used to reduce dead running from Logan Road back to Ipswich Road Depot.

The peak year for patronage was in 1944-45 when almost 160 million passengers were carried.

Gold Coast

The first modern light rail system in Queensland opened on the Gold Coast in 2014 called the G:link. Running between Griffith University (Gold Coast campus) and Broadbeach via Southport and Surfers Paradise. The route forms a public transport spine on the Coast and connects with bus services along the route.


Rockhampton operated steam trams from 1909 to 1939. There is a Steam Tram Museum at Archer Park Station, with a toastrack style French Purrey steam tram operating in weekends.

South Australia

Flexity Classic tram operating in Adelaide's city centre
Victor Harbor tourist tram


Adelaide has a single tram line connecting the inner suburb of Hindmarsh, through the central business district of Adelaide and on to the seaside suburb of Glenelg, and currently uses two classes of electric trams built in 2006. In 2007 the line was extended through the CBD and in 2010 was extended again to Hindmarsh. There are plans to further extend the system from Hindmarsh to Port Adelaide and Semaphore and Westlakes as part of an urban renewal of the inner western suburbs.[1]

Adelaide operated with a horse tram network from 1878 to 1909, an electric tram network till 1958 and has primarily relied on buses for public transport since. Electric trams and trolleybuses were the main public transport from the opening of the electric tram network to its closing[2] and are enjoying a resurgence with the expansion of the remaining line and the first new tram purchases for over 50 years.

St Kilda

The St Kilda tram museum operates an extensive fleet of historic South Australian and interstate tram cars and trolley buses. Work began in 1958 with the arrival of donated vehicles, the first of which was an old trolley bus from the Municipal Tramways Trust, and the museum was opened in 1967 as a static display.[3] The museum houses over 30 electric trams, horse trams and electric trolley buses many of which are restored and operational. Visitors can ride the electric trams along 2 km of purpose built track that runs between the museum and an adventure playground.[4]

Victor Harbor

The Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram line from Victor Harbor to Granite Island in South Australia which had closed in 1931 re-opened in 1985 using replicas of the original cars as a tourist attraction.


Brisbane Street, Launceston, 1911


Hobart had a municipal tram system from 1893 to 1960 with a network of 8 routes throughout the city, the tram network was scaled down and by 1960 was virtually defunct and replaced by a short lived trolleybus system until 1968. Hobart has investigated restoring the tram network, as it is part of its heritage, being one of the first Australian cities to implement a tram system but no such development has occurred. Recent investigation and transport studies have led to plans to instigate a Light Rail system along the existing South Line.


Launceston had a municipal tram system from 1911 to 1952 with 29 trams.

The Launceston Tramway Museum Society runs a tramway museum in the Inveresk Precinct. The long term plan is to have a line from the city centre to the museum and if successful to expand further along the original network.


A heritage tram passes the Lake Wendouree Pavilion in Ballarat
Trams at the Bendigo tram depot, 1987.
Opening of the Geelong Tramway in 1912

Victoria is home to the most extensive tram networks in Australia and currently the only state in Australia to be running electric trams in multiple cities.


Ballarat once operated an extensive tramway network which began in 1887 with horse drawn trams and electrified in 1905. The system was closed in September, 1971 and replaced by buses. The Ballarat Tramway Museum operates a small section of the original track as a tourist and museum tramway. There have been several proposals put to the City of Ballarat to return trams to the inner suburbs and extend the line to Ballarat railway station however these plans have been put on hold indefinitely.


Bendigo in regional Victoria has retained sections of its once extensive network. The famous heritage "talking tram" and "cafe tram" run as tourist attractions in conjunction with a tramway museum.

A public transport trial of trams began in 2009 and in 2010 full funding was committed to restore the Bendigo network for public transport with the development of a raised platform tram stop and yearly ticket costing just A$30 with future extensions to the network in the planning stages.[5]


Geelong maintained an electric tram service from 1912 until 1956.

The large network included 4 main routes:


A heritage Melbourne W6 class tram

Melbourne, the most populous city in and capital of Victoria, is home to the largest tram network in the world,[6] and its trams have become part of the city's culture and identity due to their long history. Currently around 500 trams are in service in the city.

In addition to newer types of trams in use such as the E-class, Citadis, the Combino and the middle-aged A, B and Z class trams, older W-class trams remain in service as a popular tourist attraction, used on the free City Circle tram route in the city centre, along with operating the world's first restaurant tram. The oldest in-service W-class tram dates from 1939.


Tram in Portland, powered by a small combustion engine, en route from Wade Street to the Henty Park depot.

A replica tourist route in Portland was created using old vintage Melbourne cable trams. The single line route runs along the beach and harbourfront to the historic lighthouse on the hill. The popular tourist route ran into financial trouble in 2005.


A steam tram operated between 1889 to 1921 from near the Front Beach pier to the Back Beach.[7]

Western Australia

Tram lines and companies operated in several towns of Western Australia. These were sometimes public services, while others were primarily for industries like mining or timber. Trams operated in the cities and towns of Perth, Fremantle, Kalgoorlie and Leonora. The early northern port of Cossack was linked by tram with the town of Roebourne during the gold boom of the 1890s. The biggest of these networks was centred upon the growing state capital, Perth.


A Perth tram in 1902

Trams ran in Perth from the late nineteenth century. There is believed to have been at least one horse car line, but it probably did not carry passengers. The first electric trams ran in 1899 between East Perth and West Perth along Hay Street. The electric tram network expanded as far west as Claremont, as far north as Osborne Park, and across the Swan River causeway to Victoria Park, Como and Welshpool. The government took over the running of trams in 1914. The last tram was built in 1934; No 130. The trams ceased running on 19 July 1958.

Since the start of 2007, there have been four proposals for the reintroduction of trams to the Perth metropolitan area, in the form of light rail, with a line running from Mirrabooka to the Perth central business district (provisionally known as the Metro Area Express) officially announced in September 2012, and scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.[8]

At Whiteman Park 22 km north of Perth, there is an operating heritage tram system run by the Perth Electric Tramway Society, with 4 km of track. The trams operating on this system includes former Perth tram #66, commissioned on 9 October 2011. Currently, proposals for the restoration of subsequent Perth trams are being prepared for submission to the membership of the Society.


A Fremantle tram in 1905

Between 1905 and 1952, Fremantle had a small but comprehensive tramway network of its own. The Fremantle network was owned and operated by a consortium of local municipalities, and was never linked into the Perth network. Throughout its existence, the Fremantle network covered both the Fremantle municipality and the adjacent municipality of East Fremantle. Its tram lines also extended for part of that period into North Fremantle and Melville.[9]

The Perth Electric Tramway Society Inc, commissioned former Fremantle tram #29 in 1992 at Whiteman Park, and it has provided continuous service on (usually) the 4th Sunday of each month.

Tramway Museums

Tramway at Whiteman Park Village, Perth

Tram museums operate in many cities following the closure of their networks. Major museums include the Brisbane Tramway Museum, the Sydney Tramway Museum, Whiteman Park, Perth, the Melbourne Tramway Museum, Victoria run by the TMSV, and the Ballarat Tramway Museum. There are also museums at St Kilda and Victor Harbor, South Australia and Launceston, Tasmania.


There are currently a number of proposals for new light rail systems in cities that either had not previously had trams or had past tram systems that no longer operate.

Canberra, Queanbeyan and Palerang Council

Light rail was one of proposed infrastructure developments submitted by the ACT to Infrastructure Australia, but it wasn't successful.


In recent times Brisbane has had several proposals for light rail in the CBDs but each time they have been postponed. Most of the effort in Brisbane is currently on busways which have been designed to accommodate future light rail routes.


There is currently a detailed analysis and study into proposals of the introduction of a light rail service in Hobart's Northern Suburbs along with political backing from all 3 major parties.[10][11]


There is also proposal to return light rail to Perth.

Australian tramcar manufacturers

ABB/Adtranz, Dandenong

Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - 2101 class (Variotrams)

ABB signed the contract, but the merger with Daimler Benz to form Adtranz happened during delivery.

Austral Otis

Manufactured trams for:

  • Melbourne - Rail grinder.[12]


Manufactured trams for: Melbourne - W7 (some)

Benjamin Carne

  • Sydney - C1 (steam trailer), B (formerly C2) (steam trailer), Cable grip car (North Sydney), Cable trailer car (North Sydney)


Manufactured trams for:

  • Fremantle - Nos 20-25, 30-32[13]
  • Perth


  • Manufacturing E Class trams for Melbourne at Dandenong factory

Clyde Engineering, Sydney (now part of Downer EDI Rail)

Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne VR trailers (from Sydney)

Comeng/ABB, Melbourne

Manufactured trams for:

Duncan and Fraser

Manufactured trams for:

  • Melbourne A (for PMTT), C (for PMTT), D (for PMTT - built as E class), E (for PMTT), F (for PMTT), G (for PMTT), H (for PMTT), L, M (for HTT/FTT), N (for HTT), O (for PMTT), P (for HTT), S (some) (for MBCTT), T (for MBCTT), U (for NMETL - built by Brill), V (for NMETL - built by Brill), Trailers (for NMETL)

Fremantle Municipal Tramways

Manufactured trams for:

  • Fremantle - Nos 4, 11, 23 (rebuilds); 33-36[13]

Henry Vale

Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - A (steam motor), B (formerly C2) (steam trailer)


Manufactured trams for: Melbourne - W (some)

Hudson Brothers, Sydney


Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - Horse Cars (Railway to Hunter St line emergency working), A1 (steam trailer), A2 (steam trailer), A3 (steam trailer), A4 (steam trailer), B1 (steam trailer), C1 (steam trailer), B (formerly C2) (steam trailer), Cable grip car (North Sydney), Cable grip car (King Street), Cable trailer car (North Sydney), Cable trailer car (King Street), Combination car (experimental California car)

James Morrison

  • Sydney - B (formerly C2) (steam trailer), Cable trailer car (North Sydney)

Mort's Dock Engineering Co

  • Newcastle - Gas pot car (tank)

NSW Railway Workshops, Redfern

Manufactured trams for: Sydney - Horse Cars (1861-1866 Pitt St Line)

Meadowbank Manufacturing Company, Sydney

Manufactured trams for: Sydney, Melbourne J (for PMTT)

Melbourne, Brunswick & Coburg Tramways Trust

Manufactured trams for: Melbourne - Scrubber

Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board, Melbourne

Manufactured trams for:

  • Melbourne - CW5, PCC (980, 1041), Q, R (some), S (some), SW2, SW5 (some [C]), SW6, W (some), W1, W2 (some - some [C]), W3, W4, W5, W6, W7 (some), X1, X2, Y, Y1, Dog Car [C], Blow-down car [C], Scrubber [C], Per-way locomotive and sleeper carrier [C], Sleeper transport car [C], Track cleaner (some [C]), Line-marking car [C], Welding car loco [C], Flat car trailer [C], Per way locomotive [C], Ballast motor [C], Ballast trailer [C], Scraper [C], Rail hardener [C], Drivers instruction car [C], Re-railing instruction car [C], Workshops locomotive, Breakdown car [C], Freight car [C], Wheel transport car [C], Laboratory testing car [C], Pantograph testing car [C], Advertising car [C], Restaurant car [C], City Circle car [C]


Manufactured trams for: Melbourne - B (for PMTT), K (for PMTT), R (assembled some), W (some), W2 (some)

Prahran & Malvern Tramways Trust

Manufactured trams for: Melbourne - Track cleaner

Pengelly & Co, Edwardstown, SA

Manufactured trams for:

Randwick Tramway Workshops, Sydney

Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - Horse Cars (for Newtown - St Peters line and (later) Manly), B (formerly C2) (steam trailer), Cable trailer car (King Street), 1894 Accumulator car
  • Melbourne - Scrubber [C] (for Sydney)

Robert Ritchie/Ritchie Bros, Sydney


Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - A6 (steam trailer), B (formerly C2) (steam trailer), Cable grip car (King Street)
  • Melbourne - VR (from Sydney)

S & E Co

Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - Rail grinder
  • Melbourne (Rail grinder) (for Sydney)

Stansfield & Carey

  • Sydney - C1 (steam trailer), Cable grip car (North Sydney)

Thomas Wearne


Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - A (steam motor) (Baldwin type), A2 (steam trailer), A5 (steam trailer), A6 (steam trailer), B (steam trailer), C (steam trailer), D1 (self-contained steam car), Cable trailer car (North Sydney)

Victorian Railways

Manufactured trams for: Melbourne - VR second fleet

Waddingtons/Commonwealth Engineering, Sydney

Manufactured trams for: Sydney

Western Australian Government Railways

Manufactured trams for:

  • Fremantle - Nos 26-29[13]
  • Perth - B

Westralia Ironworks

Manufactured trams for:

  • Fremantle - Nos 15-16[13]
  • Perth

Overseas manufacturers of Australian trams


Manufactured trams for:


Manufactured trams for: Melbourne - Z1 (trucks), Z2 (trucks)

Baldwin (USA)

Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - A (steam motor) (Baldwin type)
  • Sydney - D1 (self-contained steam car) (steam unit)

Beyer, Peacock

Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - Experimental (steam motor) (Wilkinson type) ("John Bull")


Manufactured trams for:

Brown, Marshalls (Birmingham, England)

  • Sydney - 1888 Accumulator car (?)

J G Brill (USA)

Manufactured trams for:

  • Fremantle - Nos 1-14, 17-19[13]
  • Melbourne - A (for PMTT) (trucks), B (for PMTT) (trucks), C (for PMTT) (trucks), D (for PMTT) (trucks), E (for PMTT) (trucks), F (for PMTT) (trucks), G (for PMTT) (trucks), H (for PMTT) (trucks), J (for PMTT) (trucks), K (for PMTT) (trucks), L (for PMTT) (trucks), M (for HTT) (trucks), N (for HTT) (trucks), O (for PMTT) (trucks), P (for HTT) (trucks), Q (trucks), R (trucks), S (trucks) (some for MBCTT), T (for MBCTT) (trucks),U (for NMETL) (assembled by Duncan & Fraser), V (for NMETL) (assembled by Duncan & Fraser), X, Trailer (trucks), various works cars (trucks), VR
  • Sydney - D1 (self-contained steam car) (cars)


  • Manufactured trams for: Melbourne - VR original fleet

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles


  • A1 (trucks), A2 (trucks), B1 (trucks), B2 (trucks), Z3 (trucks)

G Starbuck, Birkenhead, England

Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - Horse Cars (1861-1866 Pitt St Line)

Gilbert & Bush Co for J G Brill

  • Sydney - A (steam trailer)

J M Jones Manufacturing Co (New York)

  • Sydney - Cable trailer car (North Sydney)


Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - A (steam motor) (Kitson type)
  • Sydney - D (self-contained steam car)


  • Sydney - A (steam motor) (Merryweather type)

St Louis Car Co (USA)

Manufactured trams for:

  • Sydney - 1894 accumulator car (trucks) (?)
  • Melbourne - X, PCC (trucks)


Manufactured trams for:

  • Melbourne - D (2nd) (Combino)

Unknown manufacturers

  • Sydney D2 (self-contained steam car) ("Ambrose cars")


Abbreviations: [C] = converted from other classes

NB All cars built for Melbourne were built for the MMTB or its successor authorities/companies unless stated otherwise

See also


  1. ^ Silverman, Hannah (9 June 2009). "'"Western suburb revival 'stagnates. The Advertiser. 
  2. ^ Australian Electric Transport Museum (Undated), Visit the Tramway Museum, St Kilda S.A., promotional brochure
  3. ^ Taylor, Edna (2003). The History and Development of St Kilda South Australia. Salisbury, South Australia: Lions Club of Salisbury. pp. 18–20.  
  4. ^ "Tramway Museum, St Kilda, South Australia". Australian Electric Transport Museum (SA) Inc. Retrieved 2007-01-19. 
  5. ^ Gray, Darren (8 February 2010). "Bendigo Tramways on right track for upgrade". The Age (Melbourne). 
  6. ^ "Investing in Transport" ( 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "WA’s first light rail network gets the green light". Ministerial Media Statements.  
  9. ^ Chalmers, John (2001). David Hutchison, ed. A ticket to ride : a history of the Fremantle Municipal tramways. Mt Lawley, WA: Perth Electric Tramway Society Inc.  
  10. ^ "Hobart still on rails".  
  11. ^ "Tassie fuel paradise".  
  12. ^ Tramway Museum Society of Victoria, Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board Works Trams
  13. ^ a b c d e "Australian Bus Fleet Lists - Western Australia - Trams - Fremantle Municipal Tramways & Electric Lighting Board". Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  14. ^ "Hudson, Henry (1836 - 1907)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  15. ^ "Ritchie, Robert Adam (1836 - 1891)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  16. ^ "85/2421 Name plate, metal, 'Thomas Wearne Anchor Flour Mills', Darling Harbour, Australia, c 1869". D*hub. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  • Cross N, Budd, D, Wilson, R (1993). Destination City.
  • Chinn N, McCarthy, K (1976). New South Wales Tramcar Handbook 1861 - 1961 Part Two.

External links

  • Ballarat Tramway Museum, Victoria
  • Whiteman Park, Perth; Perth Electric Tram Society has 4 km of track
  • St Kilda Tram Museum, 26 km north of Adelaide
  • Tramway Museum Society Of Victoria
  • Launceston Tramway Museum on Inveresk Railway site
  • Archer Park, Rockhampton, Queensland, Steam Tram Museum
  • Brisbane Tramway Museum, Ferny Grove, Brisbane, Queensland
  • Tasmanian Transport Museum Hobart; Hobart Tram on display
  • Valley Heights Steam Tramway, New South Wales
  • Council of Tramway Museums of Australia (COTMA) website
  • COTMA Link Page of Tramway Museum websites
  • Another Link Page of Tramway Museum websites
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