Cars Use Trackless Bridge (Jan, 1937)

I’m not really sure what the deal here was, but I doubt that the engineers “overlooked” the street car rails. That’s generally the kind of thing one thinks about when building a new bridge. The Wikipedia entry mentions rails for “tram service” but I’m not sure if that’s the same thing.

Cars Use Trackless Bridge

AFTER designing and building of the famous harbor bridge at Sidney, Australia, had been completed engineers realized that they had overlooked the installation of street car rails. As a result one of the city’s important lines was severed and to lay tracks over the completed bridge would have been next to the impossible. An English engineering firm in Liverpool was called on to solve the problem and as a result service has been restored through the use of motorized “trolley trailers.”

4 comments
  1. Ecron Muss says: August 17, 20122:59 am

    Yes, a tram is the local term for what the writer refers to as a street car.

    I also very much doubt that an important service line would be overlooked by the designers and engineers.

  2. romeomikes says: August 17, 20126:10 am

    I can assure you that the Sydney Harbour Bridge, opened in 1932, had tramlines on its eastern side. When trams were replaced by buses throughout the metropolitan transit system in 1960, the northbound tramway became an extra road lane, and the southbound tramway became a pedestrian walkway, now iconic that many people cross each day for the spectacular view.

  3. Mike Brown says: August 17, 20127:56 am

    From what I can find, the Sydney harbor bridge had two sets of rail lines on it from the day it opened, both connecting into the Wynyard Station on the underground system. One set was a link in the city’s underground rail system (and apparently remains so today). The other set, according to the Wikipedia article, was “were intended for use by a planned rail link to the Northern Beaches; iin the interim they were used to carry trams from the North Shore into a terminal within Wynyard station”. So, it seems like the trams which ran across the bridge weren’t part of the streetcar network as such, but terminated in the underground.

    The double-decker streetcar shown in the article looks like a surface street car. Perhaps the trailers in the article refer to a plan to carry surface-rail streetcars across the bridge in addition to the underground rail lines and the tram link to the terminus in the underground.

  4. Melbourne says: December 22, 201212:50 pm

    Sydney (not Sidney!) Harbour Bridge most certainly DID have tram tracks – see photos #4 and #11-#16 in this page from the Sydney Morning Herald website:
    http://www.smh.com.au/p…
    The tram shown in the photograph appears to be a Liverpool (UK) “Green Goddess” tram, also used in Glasgow for several years following the closure of the Liverpool system. My guess is the photograph shows the equipment used to transport the Green Goddesses from Liverpool to Glasgow.
    Here’s a photo of a Green Goddess:
    http://commons.wikimedi…
    And references:
    http://en.wikipedia.org…
    http://en.wikipedia.org…

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