Monday, 18 June 2012

On Track


There was a time when Brisbane, like many other cities around the world, had an extensive network of trams. A massive fire destroyed much of the fleet of city trams in 1962, and this was seen as the beginning of the end, with the tram network being closed down completely in 1969. 


Fortunately the Brisbane Tramway Museum has managed to preserve some of the rolling stock, and  with the hard work of volunteers we can experience a jump back in time and ride some of the restored trams over a short track. Tram 99 seen here was used between 1936 and 1945.

5 comments:

Connie said...

Very Cool!

Dianne said...

It's amazing Al ... Adelaide had trams which they took out in the 1960's ( except the Bay tram which has remained) ... Now they've starting to put some back and talking about extending lines out to Norwood...great advancement!

Inner Artist said...

A very short-sighted decision to close them down and remove the tracks. In Berlin, there are only trams in what used to be the old East Berlin because the 'West' (in their wisdom) decided to remove them in that part of the city. So, what remains of the tram network there is now a very valuable part of their public transport system. At least one thing they can thank the Russians for.

ytaba36 said...

Oh, and I am ecstatic about the old cars in the background! Do you know their story, or was it just a coincidence they were there?

Yvonne

Lincoln Eye said...

I'm also interested in the old cars, especially the ones I remember like that Triumph 2000 and the red MG.