Horse tram 15 makes an interesting exhibit at the Museum. It has not been restored and therefore when displayed next to horse tram 18 makes an interesting ‘before and after restoration’ comparison.
The tram was built for the Adelaide,
Unley and Mitcham Tramway Co. which opened its service on 12 February 1879.
Most Adelaide horse trams had a back-to-back (‘knifeboard’) upstairs seats, but this car was one of a small number that had transverse ‘tip-over’ seats.
It was built locally by Duncan and Fraser.
After the horse trams were replaced, most were sold. Car 15 served for many years as a ‘summer house’ in a garden at Fowlers Road, Glenunga. A corrugated iron roof protected the main body section
from the weather for 60 years. Some original signage can still be seen on the tram.
The body of horse car 15 was donated to the Museum in the 1990s.