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Australian Electric Transport Museum, South Australia

The Australian Electric Transport Museum (AETM) is located at St Kilda, South Australia. The AETM has preserved a range of former Adelaide trams, trolleybuses, together with a bus. The AETM has also preserved a number of trams from Victoria, mostly chosen because they were originally constructed in Adelaide.

The museum is accessible by travelling north from Adelaide along highway A1, past Gepps Cross along the Port Wakefield Road and turning left at the St Kilda sign. They museum is normally open to the public on Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm and is also open on Wednesdays.

The AETM's operating tramcar fleet is in excellent condition, as may be seen in the selection of photos of their tram fleet. The AETM have undertaken some very impressive restoration works on scrapped tram bodies recovered from properties after the trams were stripped of their electrical equipment.

AETM's Contact details are +618 8280 8188 (tel.) and +618 8280 8528 (fax), or email (temporary address): aetm@bigpond.com. The AETM's postal address is GPO Box 2012, Adelaide, South Australia, 5001.

Pictures of preserved South Australian trams.

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    Adelaide "C" class tram 186, a single truck California combination car, was pictured on the depot fan at St Kilda on Sunday 10 June 2001.

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    Adelaide "G" class tram 303, a single truck Birney tramcar, at St Kilda on Sunday 10 June 2001. This tram originally saw service on the islolated Port Adelaide tram system, before being to the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, for service in Geelong. It was later transferred to Bendigo, Victoria, before being preserved by the AETM.

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    Adelaide "E1" class tram 111, a bogie maximum traction saloon car, at St Kilda on Sunday 10 June 2001. This tram was originally classifed as "E" when constructed as a combination saloon and open cross bench.

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    As the daylight fades, Adelaide "F1" class tram 264, a drop centre car, was photographed operating the last service of the day at St Kilda Beach on Sunday 10 June 2001.

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    Adelaide "H" class tram 360 at St Kilda on Sunday 10 June 2001. This tram has been restored to the original condition of the "H" trams as they were when they first entered service in 1929.

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    Adelaide "H1" class tram 381 inside the Depot at St Kilda on Sunday 10 June 2001. This tram was the last tramcar built for service in Adelaide. Although newer than the "H" class trams still in service on the Glenelg-City line, it was a "one of a kind", and was not capable of running in multiple unit operation with the "H" class trams, and so was donated to the AETM.

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Acknowledgements: "The Tramway Museum, St Kilda, SA", by C Andrews, L Fenner, J Hoffman and R. White; assistance from Dr J. Radcliffe.
Last update: 12/07/2003