Commonly known as toastracks, juggernauts, dreadnoughts and rattletraps, trams were a central part of Sydney life for close to 100 years.
It was a fast and well-patronised public transport service.
Indeed, the speedy Oxford Street route through Paddington was so popular that a colloquial term was coined: ‘Shooting through like a Bondi tram’.
Pitt Street’s last tram ran in the early hours of 29 September 1957. Draped with black streamers and decked with bouquets of red carnations and poppies, the tram was cheered by hundreds of people.
A few hours later linesmen began removing the overhead wires, terminating the service that was first established 96 years earlier.
This was the beginning of the end for Sydney’s trams; within four years all tramlines were closed.
Sydney’s tramway system was, after London’s, the largest in the British Empire and was a central part of Sydney life for 100 years.
The extensive network changed the character of Sydney’s streets, created many of its suburbs and helped it become a modern city.