Operational - used on special occasions.
100 electric trams were built in 1908-9 to open Adelaide's electric tram system. 70 of these trams were of the single truck Combination style - a central saloon and open ends and were
numbered 1 - 30 and 61 - 100. In the 1920s these trams were classified Type A. They were 4 wheelers of the California ‘combination’ pattern popular in California at the time. ‘Combination’ meant a combination of half saloon (enclosed
space) and half open space. The open cross-bench seats at either end combined with the centre saloon seated a total of forty persons. A further sixty persons could be carried standing, making a ‘crush load’ of one hundred.
On 9 March 1909,
No. 1 led the inaugural procession of cars to Kensington, marking the official opening of Adelaide’s Electric Tramway system. These small trams served well to help establish the services over the first two years, as the inner Adelaide
sections of the lines were opened up to Kensington, Marryatville, Maylands, Payneham, Walkerville, North Adelaide, Parkside, Unley and Hyde Park. In later years, the A type cars were used on quiet services eg Croydon and Pt. Adelaide
and by the 1930s, as larger trams became available, many of them were retired to storage.
During the Second World War (1939-45), many old A-Type trams were taken out of storage and coupled in pairs, nick named ‘Bib
and Bubs’, to help carry very heavy passenger loadings during the 1940s. From 1941 to 1950, No.1 was permanently coupled to car No. 2 to form a ‘Bib and Bub’ set. It was withdrawn with the remainder of the ‘A’ type
cars in 1952. No. 1 was retained as a shunter at Hackney Depot and was delivered to the St Kilda Museum site on 9 August 1958.