Sydney's tram system was once the world's largest, extending from Narabeen in the north to La Perouse in the south; from Bondi in the east to Ryde in the west. Isolated steam-operated lines served other outlying districts. Trams also ran in Newcastle. From the 1920s to the 1940s there were up to 1500 trams operating on 290 kilometres of line serving the city and more than 70 suburbs. Trams carried more than a million people every weekday.
It was a mighty undertaking, but a few decades later it had all gone. Apart from some localities that retain 'junction' in their name, the occasional kerbside shelter and some oddly placed areas of inner suburban parkland, there are today very few reminders of the time when Sydney was a city of trams.
With over 250 photos and informative text, 'Bondi to the Opera House' captures the colour and life of Sydney over the 80 years when trams were part and parcel of living in the city. It will fascinate those who can recall travelling by tram as well as others interested in seeing how Sydney has changed between the tram era and today.
colour and b/w illustrations, maps
About the Author
Dale Budd was born within earshot of the Neutral Bay tram line in Sydney. His career has encompassed engineering and management positions in the public and private sectors, and he has worked as a board member and consultant to rail organisations since 1979. Dale has lived in Canberra since 1970 and has longstanding interests in transport heritage and photography.
Randall Wilson grew up in Melbourne in the 1960s, where he was a regular tram traveller. During those years and since then, he has developed a wide knowledge of Australia's tram systems. Randall has lived in Canberra since 1974, where he was a senior policy advisor with the Australian Government.