Our Fleet: Active Sydney Trams

Corridor cars

Sydney index …Saloon cars … Closed compartment cars … Dual compartment cars … Twenties toastracks

R Class

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Increasing use of motor cars made it evident that public transport would need to become more competitive. Comfortable seating and ease of entry would be more important on some routes than seating capacity. Certain routes also needed imroved braking.

The answer was seen in the new R cars which boasted soft leather seats and a drop-centre section. Photo: Richard Jones.

R1 Class


A later version of the corridor cars increased the seating capacity by eliminating a centre door. Photo: Don Campbell.

R1 Class (post-war)

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With older trams becoming unserviceable faster than anticipated, a solution was seen in using parts from a cancelled order plus some rec-cycled items for an order for 100 cars.

One of the few visible changes in the post-war batch was the moulded play ceiling instead of the wooden slats used since the first electric cars. The livery reproduces 1950s recruitment advertisng for the armed services.

Photo: Josh Dreves.

Twenties Toastracks

Sydney index …Saloon cars … Closed compartment cars … Dual compartment cars … Corridor cars.

P Class


Prosperity in the twenties brought a new sophistication amongst the population calling for some improvements in styling and passenger comfort, though demand for high carrying capacity remained a priority.

This car provided better visibility and weather protection for passengers plus some advances in technical features.

L/P Class


This group of 250 cars solved the problem of a beautiful but obsolete California combination car, the F class the seating arrangement limiting its usefulness. The chassis, controls and roof-line was retained. Don Campbell.

L/P Class (Newcastle livery)


This second view of L/P 154 appears because of the significance of this class to Newcastle, 100 miles north of Sydney. The L/P class was Newcastle’s only style of tram following its conversion from steam operation. Newcastle retained its original livery.

L/P 154 never left Sydney but our Museum originally dressed it to represent our northern city. Photo: Don Campbell.

Visit Souvenir

For a really informative summary of the museum’s fleet, may we suggest The Sydney Tramway Museum VISIT SOUVENIR obtainable by visitors to the Museum at an extremely reasonable price.

Country, interstate and overseas purchasers should click on Visit Souvenir* for information on mail orders.