Did you know that, from its opening, trams on bridge trams used the Sydney Harbour Bridge?
Dr Bradfield, who brilliantly designed Sydney’s transport infrastructure at that time, had four railway tracks on the bridge, two were used for trams which ran into Platforms 1 and 2 at Wynyard Station.
During the late 1950s, as part of a multi- national campaign to remove trams, the paths were converted to road lanes 7 and 8 and the Wynyard platforms became a car park for an hotel!
During peak hours, one would often see up to five coupled pairs of trams as pictured, each pair seating 160 passengers – that’s 800 – and easily holding another 500 standing – travelling between the two sets of brige pylons on just one of the two tram tracks. Could today’s cars and buses match that 1300 in that same space today?
Pictured: a coupled pair of high capacity trams heads to Wynyard to pick up its afternoon load of peak hour passengers. A northbound corridor tram makes its way towards the sout-east pylon.