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“Jumping Jack” turns 100

A much loved Sydney tram turns 100 at the end of the month. Known as “Jumping Jack” number 1296 was a Sydney K Class tram that entered service on the 27 June 1913.

“The little K Class trams were well suited to Sydney’s tram routes that featured steep hills and sharp curves, particularly in Sydney’s eastern and lower northern suburbs, but their four wheels gave them a lurching, rocking motion and the affable nickname they became known for; ‘Jumping Jacks’. ”

On 30 June, the Sydney Tramway Museum will celebrate the centenary of ‘Jumping Jack’ with a day of celebrations at Loftus. Tramway Ave at the Museum will step back in time with the operation of rare vintage Sydney trams from the 1920’s and before.

Veteran and vintage cars will support the trams with heritage displays and the recreation of a street scene from the Roaring 1920’s, the heyday decade of the Jumping Jack trams.

So come along! Grab a violin case and a Fedora Hat and join in the festivities as we celebrate 100 years of Jumping Jack!

Normal museum admission prices apply, Adult: $18 / Child: $10 / Concession: $12 / Family: $46 (2Ad/2Ch, additional child free). Admission includes unlimited rides!

Trams on the day

Due to operational issues, centenarian K 1296 will be on static display only.

However other stable mates from the 1920s will be out for you to ride on, including the ever popular O class tram 805 (b1909), J675 (b1904) and possibly others that were built prior to the 1920s that are in the pre-1930’s ‘drab’ colours. (This means you will not see the Sydney corridor R class out, as they hale from the 1930s, and O1111, while old enough is in Green and Cream colours).

This is the scene we aspire to, a post card from the 1920’s showing a busy George St. David Critchley collection