STM Sydney Closure 50yr
50th Anniversary Of Closure Of Sydney's Tram System
At its height, the Sydney tram system was the second-largest in the British Empire (after London). Yet within a few years, a bloody-minded State Government destroyed the system, the trams running into their depot for the last time on 25 February 1961.
The Sydney Tram Museum at Loftus, south of Sydney held a 50th anniversary commemoration of the closure of the system by organising and operating a 2-day festival of Sydney trams, with an extensive timetable of frequent trams to both its Sutherland and Royal National Park termini.
Visitors arrived from all over Australia and New Zealand to enjoy this magnificent festival of trams. For those of you who couldn't make it, here's a photo essay of some of the weekend's activities.
My son Michael and I flew to Sydney to participate in, and ride the trams, in what was to become one of the greatest and best organised and run museum celebrations I've ever attended.
Trams seen, ridden on and photographed included:
- C class trams 29, 290: 4-wheel saloon cars;
- F class tram 393, bogie California-type tram;
- L/P class tram 154: bogie cross-bench tram;
- J class tram 675;
- N class tram 728: bogie cross-bench tram;
- O class trams 805, 1111, 141s: bogie cross-bench trams, often referred to as "Sydney's iconic trams";
- P class 1497: bogie cross-bench tram;
- R class tram 1740: bogie saloon tram;
- R1 class trams 1979, 2001: bogie corridor cars.