The Forgotten Trams of Sydney, Australia

(Image: Adam.J.W.C., cc-sa-3.0)

Tucked away on a patch of wasteland in Glebe, New South Wales, the remains of six historic Sydney trams sit side by side in the abandoned Rozelle Tram Depot.  Scrawled with graffiti and gutted from the inside, the trams date back to the 1930s when they were part of a network of streetcars operating across Sydney.

(Images: Adam.J.W.C. (top, bottom), cc-sa-3.0)

Former plans had hoped to see them restored to their original glory and used as part of a heritage tramway which would run through The Rocks.  However, the scheme was scrapped and new owners, Mirvac, plan to use the site for medium density housing.

(Images: Adam.J.W.C.; Wykymania; cc-sa-3.0; )

The depot itself dates back to 1904 and is the largest tram depot remaining in the state of New South Wales. There have been protests against the proposals to demolish the property, and a petition was set up to stop the construction.

(Image: Adam.J.W.C. (top, bottom), cc-sa-3.0)

What will happen to the trams in the future is unclear.  Despite the protests from local residents about vandalism and disrespect for history, there is no doubt about the stunning impact of the trams and the depot as they look now.  Brightly marked from every angle, they stand as individual works of modern urban art against a backdrop of Sydney’s history.

Keep reading – explore more abandoned trolleys, streetcars and tramways, or travel to Scotland to uncover the historic Grouse Moor Line.  Want more forgotten treasures?  If so, don’t miss out on these great finds within the abandoned Glenroyal cinema.



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