Remnants of Sydney’s Once Great Tramway

State Records, NSW.  Some Rights Reserved. A chance encounter Cycling along Johnston Creek Annandale yesterday, now a concrete  encased storm water drain marking the border between Leichhardt and the City of Sydney,  I noticed that the doors to the old tramway sheds lying between the creek and Maxwell St, Glebe, were open.  While there's a … Continue reading Remnants of Sydney’s Once Great Tramway

A ride on Sydney’s only tram

Today I decided to try out the video quality on my iPhone4, so I videoed the trip on Sydney's light rail system. It's a comfortable way to travel, but not yet carrying the volumes that trams did in the 1950s. What's needed is a greater investment in tramway infrastructure. As a series of first steps … Continue reading A ride on Sydney’s only tram

Sydney’s Trams their Rise, Decline, Demise and Rebirth

Chatting with students in class about Australia in the 1950s inevitably led to me reflect on the demise of Sydney’s tramway system. I loved trams as a child, I still do, and it remains a delight to be somewhere trams are still in use. The elevation, comfort , relative quiet and freedom from vibration when … Continue reading Sydney’s Trams their Rise, Decline, Demise and Rebirth