Leaving the second St Peters terminus at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Lambert Road is D type tram 121 on a working towards the City in the mid 1950s. Photo: Noel Reed.
In December 1883, a new company, the Adelaide Payneham and Paradise Tramway Company Limited, commenced its City Payneham line, running from the Adelaide Railway Station, via North Terrace and Payneham Road to
Payneham. On 13th November, 1889 this same company commenced a branch of the Payneham horse tram service, from the Maid and Magpie Junction via Baliol Street, Rugby Street, Harrow Road and Fourth Avenue to a point just east of Walkerville Road (crossing
the Walkerville Road line). A connecting line along Fourth Avenue and Winchester Street allowed trams to proceed to and from the Depot on Payneham Road. As with the Walkerville Road line, a through service to the City operated only during peak periods.
Fourth Avenue trams (generally a small single decked one horse car) met City-Payneham Paradise trams at the Maid and Magpie at other times.
February 1907 saw the takeover of the horse tram services by the new Municipal Tramways Trust.
Thus, all tram services in the St Peters area were thenceforth provided by one organisation. The M.T.T. commenced conversion from horse to electric power, the Payneham electric tram line opening in May 1909. The Fourth Avenue service was maintained as a feeder
service by horse trams and horse buses until 1911. It is not known when the Walkerville Road line was closed, but this was probably just prior to the opening of the Payneham electric tram line.
On 23rd July, 1911 electric trams operated to St
Peters from the City (ex Glen Osmond) via King William Street, North Terrace, Payneham and Harrow Roads and Fourth Avenue to Walkerville Road. By 1924 it had become apparent that the line along Fourth Avenue did not satisfactorily serve the whole
of St Peters. In May, 1924 therefore, the St Peters electric tram line was re-routed via Harrow Road and Sixth Avenue to Lambert Road, St Peters. The change in route resulted in the destination sign "ST PETERS VIA SIXTH AVENUE" appearing on trams until the
mid 1950's. The St Peters line was one of the last lines to close with the final tram services ceasing in July 1958 with buses replacing the trams.