Repainting R1 2001

Following on from the recent repaint of Melbourne W2 class tram No. 249, attention has now been redirected towards the repaint of Sydney R1 class tram No. 2001. Like 249, this car was originally recovered from a rural property by the museum, and restored at Bendigo Workshops in 2001 for a proposed tourist tramway in Canberra that never eventuated. As a result of this proposed use, it was painted in a promotional livery of two-tone blue, which paid tribute to the RAAF advertising scheme worn by R1 1974 for a brief period in the early 50’s. The repaint, which is part of a grant involving Transport Heritage NSW and the Royal Australian Historical Society, will see the blue colour scheme removed, and the car returned to the post-war variation of the traditional Sydney Green and Cream livery. The task is expected to take a couple of months to complete.

1st August 2020

2001 has been moved into the workshop in preparation for upcoming undercoating works. This work is to be carried out by the museum’s regular paint-shop crew, before a hired professional painter arrives to commence work on the official task of repainting.

6th August 2020

8th August 2020

Undercoating works continue, along with repairs to deteriorated window sills.

15th August 2020

21st August 2020

5th September 2020

The museum’s hired painter for the project, Barry Mossop, has arrived onsite this week and has begun applying the second coat of primer to the car.

10th September 2020

12th September 2020

Application of the first coat of Sydney cream has been completed, as the rest of the car is lightly sanded in preparation for the first coat of Sydney post-war green.

18th September 2020

The first coat of Sydney green has been applied to the roof fascia, with work on the second coat of Sydney cream also making good progress.

25th September 2020

The car’s body panels and cab aprons have had their first coat of Sydney green applied, with Barry already starting work on the second coat.

26th September 2020