An hour from home, on the fringe of the second oldest national park in the world, a tight-knit band of weekend warriors, expend lick, spittle and elbow grease to make the past come to life.
As I sat in the rear of the gleaming ‘1979’ the squeals from the youngsters and the beams on the faces of the oldies was the proof of the pudding. The volunteers looked the part and their knowledge of trams was voluminous. Col was Head Conductor for the day, and no question was too dumb, no request too wacky.
Sydney’s tramway system commenced in 1861 but only caught the public imagination after the 1879 International Exhibition. By 1922 the tramway system covered 290kms and by 1945 was carrying 400 million passengers per year.
However, with the spread of the city and a dramatic increase in car ownership, the car lobby won the ear of the government and the last tram trundled into the Dowling Street depot in February 1961.
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