Preserved Tasmanian Tramcars

Hobart tram No. 133, January 1949
Hobart Municipal Tramways bogie tram No.133 is seen in Elizabeth Street, departing from the terminus at the start of its run to Glenorchy.
(January 1949, ARHS Tasmania Collection)

When Tasmania’s two electric street tramway systems closed in 1952 (Launceston) and 1960 (Hobart), only one tramcar we directly into preservation. The remainder of the fleets, which in their heyday numbered over 160 trams were sold for scrap or reuse as outbuildings. Over time some bodies have been recovered and retuned to their former glory, others wait in store for their turn to be restored, while those remaining in the wild slowly rot away to nothing.


Hobart Trams


Double Deck Cars

Number Wheel Arr Built Built by Withdrawn Acquired for preservation Completeness Status Owner Notes
7 (2nd) - Bo - 1917 HMT 1951 1990s Body only Stored off site HCC Converted to Single Deck car in 1947
17 (2nd) - Bo - 1915 HMT 1954 1990s Body only Restored HCC [Photo] Converted to Single Deck car in 1948
20 (2rd) - Bo - 1924 HMT 1954 2000 Body only Under restoration SPER Converted to Single Deck car in 1948; Being rebuilt by Bendigo Trust, Victoria, with new 4'8˝" gauge chassis
46 - Bo - 1922 HMT 1954 1973 Body only Restored TTMS [Photo] Converted to Single Deck car in 1948. For more information on this tram click here


Drop end - Combination Cars

Number Wheel Arr Built Built by Withdrawn Acquired for preservation Completeness Status Owner Notes
39 - Bo - 1917 HMT 1947 1998 Complete Restored HCC [Photo] New truck built & fitted with parts ex Europe


Single Deck Bogie Cars (Saloon)

Number Wheel Arr Built Built by Withdrawn Acquired for preservation Completeness Status Owner Notes
118 Bo - Bo 1941 HMT 1960 1990s Body only Under restoration HCC [Photo]
120 Bo - Bo 1936 HMT 1960 2005 Body only Under restoration Privately owned; Hobart [Photo]
133 Bo - Bo 1947 HMT 1960 1990s Body only Stored HCC [Photo]
141 Bo - Bo 1952 HMT 1960 1960 Complete Operational TTMS [Photo]Only tramcar to be preserved on closure of systems. Donated by MTT. For more information on this tram click here


Launceston Trams


Drop End Cars - Single Truck (California combination)

Number Wheel Arr Built Built by Withdrawn Acquired for preservation Completeness Status Owner Notes
1 - Bo - 1910 J & T Gunn 1953   Body only Under restoration LTM  
2 - Bo - 1910 J & T Gunn Not Known 1990s Body only Stored QVM  
8 - Bo - 1911 J & T Gunn 1951 1990s Body only Under Restoration LTM [Photo]
11 - Bo - 1912 J & T Gunn 1953 1970s Body only Restored Great Northern Hotel Located in The Tram Bar on level 2 of the hotel
13 - Bo - 1912 J & T Gunn 1952 1974 Body only Under restoration TTMS [Photo] For more information on this tram click here
14 - Bo - 1912 J & T Gunn Not Known 1990s Body only Stored at Bendigo (Vic) SPER  


Closed combination Cars

Number Wheel Arr Built Built by Withdrawn Acquired for preservation Completeness Status Owner Notes
16 - Bo - 1913 LMT 1951 1970s Complete, mounted on diesel powered underframe Operational Penny Royal [Photo] Body rebuilt to this form in 1920
26 - Bo - 1927 LMT 1953 1990s Body only Stored LTM [Photo] Currently housing photographic display at depot/workshop


Drop Centre Cars - Bogie (Combination)

Number Wheel Arr Built Built by Withdrawn Acquired for preservation Completeness Status Owner Notes
29 Bo - Bo 1930 LMT 1952 1993 Complete Operational LTM [Photo] Replacement motors and electrical equipment obtained from Japan

Build and Withdrawl date from Destination GPO (Traction Publictions, 1971).

 

Key to Abbreviations
TTMS Tasmanian Transport Museum, Glenorchy, Hobart
LTM Launceston Tramway Museum, Inveresk, Launceston
QVM Queen Victorian Museum, Launceston
HCC Hobart City Council
SPER South Pacific Electric Railway, Loftus, NSW
HMT Hobart Municipal Tramways
LMT Launceston Municipal Tramways
Penny Royal Penny Royal World, Launceston
Great Northern Tram Bar, Great Northern Hotel, Launceston

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