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Tramway Photographs

Because trams are light railways, they have to go somewhere in this catalogue. But I'm still not sure if this is the right place!

Melbourne's trams survived a concerted blitz by the motoring lobby in the 1960s to rid Australia of its trams. All the the other major cities in Australia, bar Melbourne, were persuaded that trams were an unnecessary clutter to the motoring public. Unfortunately, the congestion of the 80s and 90s came too late for the powers that be to learn the basic rule of transport: the heavier and more dedicated the mode of transport, the more efficient it is.

So while for some 30 years Melbourne was laughed at by other states for its trams, now the smiles are on the other side, for all cities are regretting their short-sighted actions, and some have gone so far as to start reinstalling light rail (e.g., Sydney). The Melbourne tram network is second-to-none in the world, with over 220 route kilometres of track.

Melbourne's trams survived a concerted blitz by the motoring lobby in the 1960s to rid Australia of its trams. All the the other major cities in Australia, bar Melbourne, were persuaded that trams were an unnecessary clutter to the motoring public. Unfortunately, the congestion of the 80s and 90s came too late for the powers that be to learn the basic rule of transport: the heavier and more dedicated the mode of transport, the more efficient it is.

So while for some 30 years Melbourne was laughed at by other states for its trams, now the smiles are on the other side, for all cities are regretting their short-sighted actions, and some have gone so far as to start reinstalling light rail (e.g., Sydney). The Melbourne tram network is second-to-none in the world, with over 220 route kilometres of track.

See also David Hoadley's comprehensive page on Melbourne's tram system, and the very useful tram data at VicSig's Tram Page

Melbourne Tramways

Melbourne Tramways have moved to a separate page

Maintenance Vehicles

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  • Date : Oct 1988
  • Photographer : Nathan Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17747
  • Description : I think this is a scrubber car??


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  • Date : 24 Apr 2000
  • Photographer : Nathan Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 17748
  • Description : I think this is a washer car??


Bendigo Tramways

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  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18603
  • Description : N122 (originally HTT-16, at MMTB takeover became N122, in 1928 re-designated C122, in 1947 sold to the SECV and became Geelong No. 32, and later Bendigo's 3rd No. 3), preserved as MMTB No. 122 at the Bendigo Tramways


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  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18604
  • Description : C122 "on tour" down Bendigo's High Street (Calder Highway) late 1992.


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  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 30 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18598
  • Description : One of the Birney cars, originally operated by the Adelaide Municipal Tramways Trust (MTT), and sold to the State Electricity Commission of Victoria in 1936 to operate the Geelong tramways system. Transferred to Bendigo in 1947, the year of the photographer's birth. Seen here at the Bendigo tram depot.


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  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 30 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 18592
  • Description : I think this is a W2 class at Central Deborah, Bendigo.


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  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18599
  • Description : (from the Trams of Australia page): These trams were built for the Bendigo system, and they are believed to be the only trams which were. All the others came second-hand from other systems. No. 17 has been rebuilt to its original form by the Bendigo Trust and it can be found at the Bendigo Tramways, as seen here.


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  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18600
  • Description : (from the Trams of Australia page): This (and another) tram were built by J. G. Brill & Co. of the USA for the Geelong tramways. These two cars are the only two known Birney cars with longitudinal seating in the world. In 1948/9 these cars were transferred to Bendigo. No. 14 (which became Bendigo no. 11 in 1949) is preserved as Bendigo 11 at the Bendigo Tramways. This tram carries a little Bob Hawke doll, since he drove the tram at some time during his term as Prime Minister of Australia.


  • Image : dir=misc/trams/ page=melbourne 138747 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : Sep 1992, catalogued 25 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18601
  • Description :
    The tram on the left is MMTB C class, originally built for the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust (PMTT) as PMTT-45, reclassified as E-45 when taken over by the MMTB, and then further reclassified by the MMTB in 1928 as C-45. It was acquired by the Bendigo tramways in 1951 and renumbered 18.
    The centre tram is a Hawthorn Tramways Trust (HTT) vehicle, originally number 17, but on take over by the MMTB became N class number 123. In 1928 it was reclassified as C-123, and then sold to Bendigo tramways in 1945, where it became their number 23.
    The car on the right is an MMTB SW2-275 (sliding door W2 class), acquired by Bendigo tramways in 19??.


USA Tramways

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  • Date : 1993, catalogued 04 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image, image location NewOrleans-1
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    This is the St Charles tram in New Orleans taken in 1993.


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  • Date : 1993, catalogued 04 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image, image location NewOrleans-2
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    This is the Riverfront tram in New Orleans again taken in 1993.


Seattle Trams

Seattle has a number of W2 class trams bought from Melbourne, that are used to provide a tourist service. You can read more about it in David Hoadley's Australian Trams in the United States of America

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  • Date : Aug 1993, catalogued 05 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image, image location Seattle-1
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    This is the tram that runs down to the seafront in Seattle taken in 1993. As with the New Orleans trams, this was part of a trip we did from New Orleans to Boston, then through NE US to Quebec and down to Niagra Falls, then the Rocky Mountaineer train trip from Banff to Vancouver, Victoria Island, then boat to Seattle then LA/Sydney.


Horse Drawn Trams

Victor Harbour-Granite Island

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  • Date : Jan 1996, catalogued 10 Mar 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19044
  • Description : I debated whether to include this picture, since it is so over-exposed, but it remains the best front three-quarter I have of the tram, so it is staying in for the moment, at least.


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  • Date : Jan 1996, catalogued 10 Mar 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19045
  • Description : A view of the horse-drawn tramway on Granite Island, looking back towards the township of Victor Harbour (through the trees across the water). The bridge linking the island to the mainland can be seen in the middle distance on the left.


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  • Date : Jan 1996, catalogued 10 Mar 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19047
  • Description : The author's sister-in-law and wife pose for the camera as tram number 4 trundles by, just about to enter the bridge to the mainland.


Bordeaux Trams

I visited Bordeaux in 2002, when the city was a huge building lot as they struggled to install their new tram system. I visited again in 2004, and the transformation was astonishing. Controversially, the city decided to go for a new hidden third rail system, as it was concerned to preserve the aesthetic and architectural feel of the city by avoiding overhead wires. This was not without problems (see the the ALSTOM Press Release), but the resultant effect is wonderful. The trams are very comfortable to ride, and run quietly (even more quietly when the third rail system fails!) and effortlessly through the city streets. I was very taken with the overall design - but I have to admit, I still prefer the look of the Lyons trams ...

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  • Date : 12 Jul 2004, catalogued 10 May 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_16398
  • Description : Detail of the third rail system used in the new Bordeaux tram system.


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  • Date : 12 Jul 2004, catalogued 10 May 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_16423
  • Description : One of the new Bordeaux trams at Quinconces, about to depart for Meriadeck. Note the third rail at the centre of the track. This is electrified in segments only as the tram passes over the rail, thus maintaining a safe environment.


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  • Date : 12 Jul 2004, catalogued 10 May 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_16424
  • Description : One of the new Bordeaux trams at Quinconces


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  • Date : 12 Jul 2004, catalogued 10 May 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_16464
  • Description : One of the new Bordeaux trams at the Opera House


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  • Date : 12 Jul 2004, catalogued 10 May 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_16466
  • Description : One of the new Bordeaux trams approaching the Opera House


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  • Date : 12 Jul 2004, catalogued 17 May 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_16469
  • Description : A Bordeaux tram passes the Bordeaux Opera House. Don't you think this looks like one of those propoganda posters, giving an artist's impression of how the new system will look? Only this one's for real! Very impressive!


  • Image : dir=misc/trams/ page=index 102293 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 12 Jul 2004, catalogued 17 May 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_16486
  • Description : A Bordeaux tram waits at the Quinconces terminal.


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  • Date : 12 Jul 2004, catalogued 17 May 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_16501
  • Description : A Bordeaux tram approaches the Pont de Borgonne interchange.


  • Image : dir=misc/trams/ page=index 98257 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 12 Jul 2004, catalogued 17 May 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_16504
  • Description : A Bordeaux tram at the Pont de Borgonne interchange.


  • Image : dir=misc/trams/ page=index 80299 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 12 Jul 2004, catalogued 17 May 2005
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location IMG_16505
  • Description : A Bordeaux tram heading for Meriadeck, at the Pont de Borgonne interchange.


Oslo Trams

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  • Date : 22 Jun 2006, catalogued 21 Oct 2006
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location /home/ajh/Pictures/Albums/2006/06/22/IMG_30252.jpg
  • Description : A tram on the streets of Oslo


  • Image : dir=misc/trams/ page=index 156346 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 22 Jun 2006, catalogued 21 Oct 2006
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location /home/ajh/Pictures/Albums/2006/06/22/IMG_30253.jpg
  • Description : Oslo: interesting tram tracks, with tram


  • Image : dir=misc/trams/ page=index 159219 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 22 Jun 2006, catalogued 21 Oct 2006
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location /home/ajh/Pictures/Albums/2006/06/22/IMG_30254.jpg
  • Description : Oslo: interesting tram tracks, with tram


  • Image : dir=misc/trams/ page=index 174500 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 22 Jun 2006, catalogued 21 Oct 2006
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location /home/ajh/Pictures/Albums/2006/06/22/IMG_30255.jpg
  • Description : Oslo: Ljabru tram


  • Image : dir=misc/trams/ page=index 166714 bytes, 800x600 pixels
  • Date : 22 Jun 2006, catalogued 21 Oct 2006
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location /home/ajh/Pictures/Albums/2006/06/22/IMG_30261.jpg
  • Description : trams in Oslo


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