Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Off The Rails
Two more gems for you from the Brisbane Tramway Museum. I can't help but think how wonderful it would be to see these old girls rumbling along the streets of the city, albeit totally impractical!
Car 47 on the left is a 1901 California combination car and this type was used in the first electric fleet. Car 65 was built in 1921 in Brisbane. They were commonly known as Jumping Jacks or Toast Rack cars because of their pitching action at speed and their seating arrangement.
As with all things from the past, and in a constant effort to solve traffic and public transport woes in large cities, there has been cries for the re-introduction of trams in Brisbane. With the current financial constraints I can't see it happening. Such a shame, in my opinion, as they function very well in European cities, and seem to offer efficient cheap transport.