Membership Newsletter of
Australian Electric Transport Museum (SA) Inc
Operators of Tramway Museum, St Kilda, SA
ABN 29 440 648 854
PO Box 213 Salisbury SA 5108
Phone: 08 8280 8188 Fax: 08 8280 8528
*** Celebrating 50 Years ***
President's Report from Colin Seymour From a distance the tram looks in good condition but on
closer inspection there is some timber rot below the
windows, leaks in the roof around the air conditioning
New Museum Postal Address
units and lifting of inlays in the tables that will need
The Museum has a new postal address:
attention. This work will need to fit in with our
commitment to push ahead with the re-construction of
PO Box 213
‘Bub’ car 14.
Salisbury SA 5108
This has been brought about following my retirement
from BankSA after 38½ years. I’m no longer in a
position to clear the box in the city on a regular basis. I
am transitioning to full time retirement by conducting a
part time consultancy. My email contact is now:
The Museum has had a post box in the GPO since the
50th Anniversary Dinner
Members should have received a separate Notice
regarding our 50th Anniversary Dinner. Members and
their partners and friends are invited to attend the
Dinner at 7.00pm Tuesday 23rd October 2007 in the
Balcony Room, Strathmore Hotel, North Terrace,
Adelaide. The dinner has been timed to coincide with Newly arrived Restaurant Tram H 378 on the Museum
the opening of the tramline to City West in North fan Chris Summers
Terrace. Members should be able to view trams going
past the hotel in North Terrace.
A 3 course meal will be available at $50.00 per person.
Some drinks may be made available by the Museum for
a period of time. The meal includes choice of: 2
entrees, 3 mains, 2 deserts and coffee. Acceptance
details and money (cash or cheque only) to Treasurer,
Barry Fox with the money ASAP.
Restaurant Tram 378
Restaurant tram 378 which is now owned by the History
Trust of SA arrived at St Kilda on 14th June 2007 from
Glengowrie Depot where it had been stored out of use
for a number of years.
The Friday gang reconnected the motors and at 4.30pm
on the next Saturday, the restaurant tram had its first
trial run at the museum. Museum Members enjoying a snack on board the
Restaurant Tram Chris Summers
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Trolley Flash September 2007
Operations Report from Mark Jordan Check the publications stock on display and
replenish if required. Ensure that displayed stock has
a yellow price sticker where required (prices as per
price list, stickers are kept on the rear counter).
There are quite a number of charters coming up during
Remove the towel over the ice cream freezer at start
October and November for which we need crews
(driver, conductor & gallery). If anyone has some spare of day and return it at close of day.
Ensure that a DVD is playing – follow the instructions
time and can assist, please contact me.
provided. Put away at close of day.
Operations Manager Empty the bin at close of day.
I’m gradually settling in to the role of Operations
Manager. The first thing has been to understand what Rolling Stock Report from Mike Bosworth
the role entails. The Position Description for Museum
Operations Manager states that the Operations Bib and Bub Project
Manager is responsible for the running of all public Disassembly of Bib (No. 14) is progressing rapidly,
operations of the Museum including tram movements, particularly at the drop-ends. The side frame timbers
various displays, bookshop activities, the Museum kiosk were in a poor state and have been removed, showing
and public amenities. The General Responsibilities are: evidence at the driver’s end of repairs probably due to
accident damage during MTT service. This exposed
Oversee the activities of support roles such as the steel drop-end side frames enabling decades of
Roster Officer, Training Officer, Catering Officer, accumulated dirt and rust to be removed and the
Advertising Officer and Special Events Coordinator condition of the steel to be assessed.
to ensure the smooth running of public operations.
Assist the Treasurer with preparation of the annual Although there was rust pitting the steel frames were
Operations Budget and Special Events Budgets. considered to be sound. Freed of rust and with a coat
Keep Members informed of Operations activities of rust-resistant paint they should remain in good
through bulletins, notice boards and the Museum condition for many years. Crown planks (the bit of floor
newsletter. at the front of the motorman’s cabs on which the
Ensure that the Operations rules are kept up to date. controller sits) have been fabricated by Husnjak Joinery
Work with the Roster Officer to ensure adequate Pty Ltd and are in the process of being installed.
Ensure that the public appearance of Operations E Type Tram No 118
activities is of a high standard eg signs, displays etc. After being in the doldrums for quite a while, E 118 has
Liaise with Officers-In-Charge and Despatchers to been a hive of activity as of late. New-comer Bruce
ensure that Operations run smoothly. Lock, has been a very welcome addition to Friday’s
Work with the Charter Booking Officer to ensure that work team. Bruce served his apprenticeship with the
Charter Operations run smoothly. MTT and later did maintenance on H cars. Now retired,
Liaise with the Advertising Officer to ensure that Bruce is working on trams once again, no pay, but
newspaper advertisements and brochures are being thoroughly enjoying it.
kept up to date.
Liaise with the Statistics Officer to ensure that Bruce and Mike Crabb (see Chris Summers photo
Operations statistics are up to date. below) have made great strides in preparing E 118 in
Provide Operations statistics to the Executive readiness for placing on its Brill maximum traction 22E
Committee. trucks being prepared by Ian Seymour. Bruce was
Ensure that Operations staff maintain standards of given the opportunity to drive one of the Museum’s
trams. After the drive, Bruce confided that he had finally
dress and behaviour.
achieved his ambition to drive a tram that he could only
Recommend staff for training to the Executive
dream of as an apprentice all those years ago.
Assist the Training Officer with development of
training programs, training of staff and training
I have spent some time with Ron White working through
these responsibilities. My first priority is to ensure that
we continue to present a tidy and safe image. Tram
Crews would have received a reminder notice with their
Dusting of seats
I would also like to remind Gallery/Bookshop staff to
ensure that the entrance to the Museum presents a tidy
Arrive in plenty of time to set up signs, cash etc.
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Trolley Flash September 2007
Rolling Stock Report continued City routes, Transition from horse trams to electric &
H Type Tram No 378 (Restaurant Tram) Tram routes (Northern & Southern)
Now the restaurant tram is at the museum, the call is Tram routes (Eastern & Western)
out for more people to join the Friday Gang to bring this Tram types (A – D), Tram types (E – H)
valuable asset back to its former glory. Side panelling Tram technology (street system)
needs attention and the interior requires cleaning Tram technology (tram system)
including repairs to the table inlays.
The designer has recommended the existing pelmet,
Present members of the Friday Gang are stretched to back panels and nibs be painted maroon, to set off the
the limit on other projects and can ill afford to spend yellow wash of the storyboard.
time on this car. If anyone can help they are most
welcome even for half a day, times and days are Subsequent displays will cover:
flexible, this will be a rewarding project to get involved End of an era and into the future (recasting the
in. Please contact Mike Bosworth on 04 2902 8984 to existing display of the 1950’s
let me know when you can attend. Riding the trams – customs and manners
Museum history (recast & up dated from the existing
The good news is that Jack Pennack has recently fitted display). This display will be mounted on movable
a second trolley pole to the other end customised to pylon displays (with lockable castors) to stand in
clear an awkwardly placed air conditioning unit. Finally, northern depot corridor. These are to be
it is now possible to operate the car without having to demountable so that it can be used at events and
crawl back at a dead-slow speed from the loop spear- foyer displays at conferences and exhibitions.
pole back to the museum. Junctions were even more
challenging. A $9,900 grant from the History Trust plus a $4,000
museum contribution held over from the 2006/07 budget
Displays Project from David Williams will cover the work put in place for the AGM plus five of
the proposed panels.
We are continuing the program of adding new displays
and refreshing existing to contemporary standards of An application is now being made to the History Trust
presentation to meet the History Trust’s new and higher for a further grant to cover the remaining three panels
standard for accreditation for museums of significance. and the three ‘pylon’ units to go into the northern depot,
and to redo the gallery presentation.
Stage 1 of this project saw the outdoor signage and
entrance signage on the display buildings door backs It is intended that for the gallery redesign/revamp larger
completed in time for the 50th AGM. scale images and less text will be used than that for the
northern depot panels and the design will accommodate
Stage 2 is to re-present the existing northern depot the possibility of kiosk seating.
displays to contemporary standards and develop new
displays to fill in the bays long provided for them. Publications from Roger Wheaton
We currently have a full size proof print pinned up in Rails to the Bay
one bay of the northern depot. It re-presents half the A small number of the long sold out Rails to the Bay
photos and text from the existing routes panel and sets have been obtained (thanks to Howard Clark from
out the Northern and southern routes on a street map of SPER). As these are now a collector’s item, I am taking
metropolitan Adelaide. A companion panel will re- bids from anyone who may be interested. If you know
present the Eastern and Western routes using the of anyone who may be interested, they can make a bid
existing material so that nothing is lost from the work by contacting me on 08 8331 9043 or email to:
previously done. email@example.com
There is still some detailing to be done and the whole 2008 Calendars
thing is now open for suggestions. We have used the The 2008 Tram Calendars are now at the Museum
existing pictures, but there is room for more photos and bookshop. They sell for $9.90, not the $9.95 price on
text (or changed photo’s and text) if that is what is the calendar, as the Museum does not stock 5 cent
wanted. If more is required then Richard the designer pieces – a discount!
will go away and work out how best to fit everything in.
It is also intended for the street location of the trams in Membership Dues from Barry Fox
the photos used in the display to be identified on the
street map by LED’s activated by pressing the relevant
The Membership fee for 2007/8 remains at $50, and is
button on the panel, but that might have to be added
now due. Thanks to the many who paid this at the AGM.
Those who have not yet paid, please do so either at the
Museum or send your payment in to the address at top
Eight panels are in various stages of preparation at
as soon as possible. Thank you.
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Trolley Flash September 2007
History of Trams at St Kilda
** Updated ** from Colin Seymour From the Past
One of the ways of measuring the growth of the September – November
Museum over 50 years is to look at the growth of our
main asset – the electric tram fleet. The following Table 80 years ago
lists when trams arrived or entered service and the total 11 September 1927 – Clarence Park line extended to
number of trams on site (#) and operational (O) at that Colonel Light Gardens.
time. 4 November 1927 – MTT took over SAR bus services
to Edwardstown and East Glenelg, including the fleet
Date Activity # O of 28 Garford double deck buses.
August 1958 A 1, A2 42, E1 111 & D 192 arrive 4
70 years ago
January 1959 F1 282 arrives 5 5 September 1937 – First permanent MTT trolleybus
July 1965 H1 381 arrives 6 service commenced from Morphett St along
1968 C 173 arrives 7 Hindley/Rundle Sts to Tusmore.
September Ballarat 21 & 34 arrive 9 50 years ago
1 September 1957 – Findon bus service (replaced
March 1974 1, 21, 34, 111 & 282 enter 5 tram in 1953) extended to Kirkcaldy (Grange).
July 1975 381 enters service 6 30 years ago
August 1976 G 303 arrives & enters service 10 7 12 November 1977 – Car 303 withdrawn from service
for final refinishing.
April 1977 W2 294 arrives & enters service 11 8
February 1978 W2 354 arrives & enters service 12 9 20 years ago
as works car
October 1987 – Good progress was being made on
May 1979 192 enters service 10 the reconstruction of C 186.
May 1981 F1 264 arrives 13
10 years ago
August 1982 E1 118 arrives 14
10 October 1997 – A 40th anniversary dinner for the
September H 362 arrives & enters service 15 11 AETM (SA) was held at the Royal Coach Motor Inn in
1982 Kent Town.
December 1982 H 360 arrives 16 26 October 1997 – A Special Event Day was held to
May 1983 C 186 arrives 17 remember the Henley Beach & Richmond lines. The
booklet ‘Over the Viaduct to Henley Beach’ was
May 1986 A 15 arrives 18 released on the day.
February 1987 264 enters service 12 October 1997 – A 2.2 metre model of a Adelaide
December 1987 H 355 arrives 19 horse tram (believed to date from the 19th century)
arrived at St Kilda for display.
June 1990 186 enters service 13
September 173 scrapped (1) 18
Glenelg Line Trams & Trackwork
November 1991 A 14 arrives 19
April 1994 B 42 enters service 14 The first trams have run on the new section of track
April 1999 F 244 arrives 20 north of Victoria Square. A Flexity made a slow and
uneventful run from the new Victoria Square stop to City
January 2000 360 enters service 15
West. It tested both tracks at the new terminus, then
January 2002 355 transferred to Bendigo 19 ran slowly back to the crossover on King William Street
February 2002 A 17 arrives 20 near North Terrace and ran through that both ways
before returning to Victoria Square. It then made a
March 2005 W7 1013 arrives 21
second, higher speed run to City West and back.
December 2005 R1 1971 arrives & enters service 22 16
April 2006 1013 enters service 17 The coupled H set was not so successful on it's first run,
October 2006 H 364 arrives 23
the median strip just after the corner into North Terrace
got in the way of the lifeguard. The set returned for a
June 2007 H 378 (Restaurant Tram) arrives 24 successful run several nights later after the offending
median strip had been partially removed.
(1) Of the two C bodies that had been acquired, it was
decided to restore 186. Much of 173 was used in that Operations are expected to commence mid October.
restoration. Remaining useful components were then
stripped and stored as spare parts, and the remainder Someone asked what the last H was to run north of the
was scrapped. square. If anyone knows, could they please email the
answer to the Museum email address.
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