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Sydney Trams (Light Rail)

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by glenop (subscribe)
So much to little time to see it all.
Published March 31st 2013
Once considered extinct, Sydney trams are making a comeback

Once upon a time, in the not too distant past, Sydney had a network of trams that was the largest in Australia and the second largest in the world. Forget Melbourne's reputation as a tram town, no, we are talking about Sydney. By 1961 however, the last of the 1600 tram cars that once plied the streets of Sydney and its suburbs had vanished, consigned to memories and museums.

Trams in front of the QVB on George Street c1920

Trams, or light rail as they like to call it now-days, are making a comeback in Sydney. Late in 2012, the State Government announced that trams would once again glide down George Street between Central Station and Circular Quay. Trams would also be running out to Randwick, albeit by 2019.

Metro Light Rail Network

But Sydney's already has working trams (light rail). Its tram renaissance began back in 1997 with the opening of the inner west line running from Central Station to the casino following the old Darling Harbour goods rail line. The line was extended in 2000 all the way to Lilyfield.

There are now 14 stops along the line including the popular Paddy's Markets, Star City Casino, Sydney Fish Markets, Glebe and Jubilee Park. The journey is pleasant but not particular scenic until it passes the Sydney Fish Markets. Here, the line is elevated with fine views over Jubilee Park, Rozelle Bay and the ANZAC bridge.

The tram fleet currently consists of seven ultra-modern air-conditioned vehicles. Just like yesteryear, the trams have conductors aboard who you can purchase your tickets from and who seem to have the duel function as Sydney tourist information officers.

Buying Tickets

My big tip for purchasing a ticket is to buy a Mymulti, Family Funday Sunday or pensioner concession ticket. This allows you to travel all day on all government busses, trains, ferries and the tram (I mean light-rail) from $2.50, much cheaper than a $9.00 day pass.

Life on board a tram
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Why? Trams are fun
Where: Sydney CBD
Cost: From $2.50
Your Comment
Travelling back in time is the way forward, isn't it Glenop?
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 2736 days ago
Its currently being extended to Dulwich Hill as well. Work is ongoing
by matth (score: 1|31) 2731 days ago
Glen, only just found this one. Finished up in with my spam. Tram travel is a very efficient way of moving crowds. I like the light rail and it is great now that it is included in the Pensioner Excursion all day ticket. Cheers, Jan
by pam (score: 1|57) 2717 days ago
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