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Tram No. 11

Tram 11 at the depot in 1993 prior to relocation to our offsite store. Photo: Warren Doubleday

Tram 11 at the depot in 1993 prior to relocation to our off site store. Photo: Warren Doubleday

For a detailed article on the history of this tram and other photographs, see the Oct. 2018 issue of Fares Please! commencing on page 5.

 

Built in 1915 by the Meadowbank Manufacturing Co. for the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust. Became Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board "J" class car number 65. Purchased by the Melbourne Electric Supply Co. Ltd. in 1928, becoming Geelong number 28. Transferred to Ballarat in 1935. On closure of the Ballarat tramways, was assigned to the Daylesford historical Museum. Retained by them until acquired by the Museum and moved to the depot in 1979. Moved to off site store in 2001.

 

Melbourne J 65 following the 1923 Deepdene collision with steam locomotive F182. Photo Richard Simpson from the Richard Gilbert Collection.

Melbourne J 65 following the 1923 Deepdene collision with steam locomotive F182. Photo Richard Simpson from the Richard Gilbert Collection.

No. 11 inbound in Victoria St - crossing over the Eureka siding railway bridge- 1/1966 - Photograph Peter Moses.

No. 11 inbound in Victoria St - crossing over the Eureka siding railway bridge- 1/1966 - Photo Peter Moses.

The front of No. 11 at the BTM depot. Photo Sim Jenkins 12/12/1998.

The front of No. 11 at the BTM depot. Photo Sim Jenkins 12/12/1998.

Parked in the City Loop, No. 11 waits for its next trip. Photo Wal Jack 28/3/1959.

Parked in the City Loop, No. 11 waits for its next trip. Photo Wal Jack 28/3/1959.

 

Technical Details - as built or modified by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria

Type
Single truck, drop ends, built as an open California combination
Truck (bogie)
Brill 21E
Wheel size
33" nominally (840mm)
Length
30'8" (9.35m, though the driver's compartment is a bit shorter at the No. 1 end after an accident many years ago.
Width
8'11" (2.72m)
Height
10'8" (3.25m)
Wheelbase
6'6" (1.98m)
Approx Mass
12 tons (12.2 tonne)
Motors
Originally equipped with Westinghouse 225
Controllers
Originally equipped with Westinghouse T1F
Brake Valves
Originally equipped with Westinghouse SL
Compressor
Originally equipped with Westinghouse DH10
Compressor Governor
Originally equipped with Westinghouse S6B

 

History

1915
Body built by the Meadowbank Manufacturing Co. Sydney, delivered to Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust as tram No 65. Separate contractors supplied and fitted the electrical and mechanical equipment.
1920
Taken over by Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board as No. 65, class J.
1923
Collided with Victorian Railways steam locomotive F182 at the Deepdene level crossing.
1928
Sold to Melbourne Electric Supply Co. for use on the Geelong tramway system as No. 28. Converted to Geelong one-man style.
1930
Geelong tramway system taken over by the State Electricity Commission (SEC).
1936
Transferred by the SEC to Ballarat tramway system as Tram No. 11. Converted to Ballarat configuration of waist level panels in drop ends, with closeable doors in each corner on the tramcar.
1958
Internal ceiling painted with a "Colorflek" finish with the interior paint colours of Winter Green and Parisian tan.
1971
Acquired by the Daylesford & District Historical Society. The motors were removed at the time of shipment to Daylesford.
1977
Acquired by the BTPS and stored off site.
1979
Relocated to the depot and used as the Museum's display area until about 1993.
2001
Relocated to a purpose built off site storage building.

 

Heritage Significance

Heritage Significance – One of a number of this type of tram still in working order in Australian tramway museums. Has no motors. Interior one of the few given a paint finish by SEC, others are varnished. Has timber panelled sides.

Conservation Plan: - Maintain interior paint scheme and paint exterior to that of the time of the interior colours.

Museum Status: - Non-operational vehicle, stored off site.

 

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