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Sydney Trams Today: Light Rail & Museum

Code: CM016
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Sydney's tramway system was once the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Electrification came early, and in 1899 conversion and expansion began in earnest.

But from the mid-1930s, transport policy favoured buses, and the last tram ran in 1961.

The Sydney Light Rail line opened in 1997, using the abandoned goods line from Pyrmont to Lilyfield, reaching Central Station.

Extensions have been proposed but have not materialised.

Modern ABB cars with hub-mounted motors are used.

After the closure of the Sydney tramways, a dedicated band of enthusiasts assembled a representative collection of Sydney trams, which are housed near Sutherland.

Shown in this good film from Railstuff film are both the Light Rail line in operation, and the Sydney Tramway Museum where a number of the original trams are seen running.


Produced by - Camden Miniature Steam Services
Running time - 54 Minutes
DVD only


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