Vehicles at St Kilda

Four trams from three different cities, Adelaide D type 192, Sydney R1 class 1971, Melbourne W7 class 1013 and Adelaide H type 360.

Photo: Maikha Ly

Since initial Museum collection started off with four trams in 1958 with a fifth arriving in 1959, the Museum has collected and restored a number of trams from not only Adelaide but also from interstate to show the progression of tramcar development over the years. Today, the Museum now has 23 trams, a horse box, 4 trolley buses, two horse trams that preceded and a diesel bus that followed the street system electric trams stored in five buildings. In addition there are two workshops, a wheel lathe building, ancillary storage sheds, an entrance gallery, tearoom/bookshop, modern administration and archives rooms, a number of interpretative displays and authentic street furniture of the period.

The Museum may be one of few in the world that can boast of holding at least one representative example of every principle tram type to have been in service on a city street system for the life of the system. Throughout its 50 years the Museum has been ‘staffed’ entirely by volunteers and has relied upon visitor admissions for funding. Major projects are often supported by special donations from Museum members.