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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby tonyp » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:32 am

You can see on the aerials a large, long block of flats at an odd angle to the rest of the development because it is on the alignment, rather tlike the blocks of flats on the old Randwick ROW.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby tonyp » Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:33 am


Note that there was no sinking fund for the tramways and the profits were pinched for consolidated revenue and then after WW2 they moaned that they couldn't afford to repair and update it. Typical government bastards!
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby Swift » Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:31 pm

Just like the 3x3 fuel levy that was supposed to be spent directly on urgent road upgrades in the aftermath of the Kempsey bus crash.
Only a fraction was traceable to road construction, the rest was absorbed into general fuel excise. Intended to be for three years only, ran for eleven.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:50 pm

Another remnant gone.....I was sweating on recovering the rosette from the Metro demolition site at ~254 Pitt Street, but the whole wall's gone. You have to be quick!
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:38 pm

NARRABEEN.
There appears to be a tram wrapped in black plastic ~100m south of the famous Narrabeen tram waiting shed. What's the story?
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby boronia » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:40 pm

It is one of the trams from Rozelle tramsheds prior to the redevelopment there. Has been restored by the council.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:55 am

A lovely bit of original tramways rail has popped its head up through a pothole at the intersection of Flinders Sreet and Moore Park Road!
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby hornetfig » Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:34 pm

lunchbox wrote:A lovely bit of original tramways rail has popped its head up through a pothole at the intersection of Flinders Sreet and Moore Park Road!


That's surprising because the intersection was pretty thoroughly trenched during Eastern Distributor construction.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby Cowra » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:17 am

Bit of rail appearing through a rather deep pothole on Castlereagh St just before Hay St.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby Swift » Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:58 am

A public anvil if you need to do some metal beating on the run.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby tonyp » Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:51 pm

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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby tonyp » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:18 pm

After much searching for a photo of UNSW in the days of the trams along Anzac Pde, I found this 1954 photo in the UNSW archives showing the tram stop and the first building on the campus under construction:

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That's Barker St going over the hill on the right.

At around the same time, they went to the trouble of building a tram platform at the City Rd stop at Sydney University, capable of holding a 250-passenger tramset, only to rip it out a couple of years later when 70-passenger buses (cough) "replaced" the trams - and not long before all the baby boomers arrived and blew university enrolment figures through the roof. (Sydney University archives)

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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby Swift » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:41 pm

Absolute crime to remove them. I wish the UNSW would be turned back into a semi rural looking plot of land. More intelligence on that land back then.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby tonyp » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:29 pm

Swift wrote:Absolute crime to remove them. I wish the UNSW would be turned back into a semi rural looking plot of land. More intelligence on that land back then.

That was the former Kensington racecourse. Behind the camera on the other side of Anzac Pde is the set of tram turning loops for the racecourse, now a university carpark and NIDA.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby hornetfig » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:56 pm

^ and surrounding that all is suburbia. It hadn't been semi-rural for 50 years.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby Swift » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:28 pm

That picture makes it look like it's in Dural!
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby tonyp » Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:06 pm

The Anzac Pde line originally terminated here in 1900 with turning loop sidings here and at Randwick Racecourse. It was extended to La Perouse in 1902. It was initially steam-operated and electrified in 1905.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby Stu » Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:19 pm

^ Anzac Pde heading South just before High St there is a sub station and a drive way into Randwick Racecourse which links onto an outer ring roadway around the racecourse that also connects with High St Gate 2 - as a wild guess was this a loop or near the loop that you were talking about.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby tonyp » Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:26 pm

Stu wrote:^ Anzac Pde heading South just before High St there is a sub station and a drive way into Randwick Racecourse which links onto an outer ring roadway around the racecourse that also connects with High St Gate 2 - as a wild guess was this a loop or near the loop that you were talking about.

No, the loop sidings were on the west campus where there is now a large university car park and, at the northern end, NIDA. On the other side of the road from the Roundhouse.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby tonyp » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:31 am

Here is another image from UNSW Archives, a plan showing Kensington Racecourse and Randwick Park, now the site of UNSW. On what is now the west campus you can see the tramway turning loop sidings that served the racecourse from 1900 to 1940; also the terminus of the line until it was extended to La Perouse in 1902.

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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:01 pm

^^^^^^The "remnant" is still buried beneath the Anzac Parade bitumen, I think! See my Aug. 03, 2009 post on page 23 of this thread regarding curved slab joints.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:02 pm

NARRABEEN.
There appears to be a tram wrapped in black plastic ~100m south of the famous Narrabeen tram waiting shed. What's the story?[/quote]
There's an item on this in today's (?) Manly Daily newspaper. Perhaps the black plastic has come off?
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby boronia » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:21 pm

It's one of the trams from Rozelle.

Has been restored by some local group and will be placed near the old tram shed.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Wed May 30, 2018 10:27 am

How obscure can a "remnant" be? The 3-row brick arch over the tram doorway to Darlinghurst Police Station on Forbes Street has been re-located about 5 metres north, over the entrance to the car park. The former tram doorway, nearest Taylor Square, now has a straight lintel above the roller shutter.
Still in Forbes Street, are the two vehicles in Forbes Street, shown in the 1943 aerials, trams or buses?
Answering my own question - they can't be trams, as other aerial pix around that time show the absence of poles for the overhead on the western side of Forbes St.
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