Kalgoorlie tramway tramcars

 
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
I have some photos of the remains of two brill(?) cars that are in Kalgoorlie. does anyone have any information on them?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wn514/8527106497/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wn514/8527107191/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wn514/8099335554/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wn514/8099328587/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wn514/8099337126/
cheers,
wal.

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  theanimal Chief Commissioner

where is Kalgoorlie????
  Calgully Deputy Commissioner

Location:
where is Kalgoorlie????
theanimal

Here  http://goo.gl/maps/8X5V5
  Calgully Deputy Commissioner

Location:
And on the subject of Kalgoorlie Trams, its amusing what you can find by searching Trove.

It seems from this 1947 letter to the "Kalgoorlie Miner" newspaper that dissatisfaction with public transport is not just a modern-day phenomenon

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/95620799

After you've read the letter about the tram service - look at the ad in the column to the right.  "Fine wife you've turned out to be".
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
where is Kalgoorlie????
theanimal

where is Kalgoorlie???? I hope you are joking.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Wow, seventy years or so since active service, how interesting that they are still with us in Kal.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
where is Kalgoorlie????
theanimal
I would answer 'Western Australia' but you would probably ask where that is too.
  RBC Locomotive Driver

Location: Beautiful Richmond
There is another at Loftus  awaiting restoration
  dw54 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Devonport, Tas
where is Kalgoorlie????
theanimal
Do the ???? indicate that you know where Kalgoorlie is, but it's not on your tramway radar? Or is it a genuine question. Which would amaze most RP participants, and shows you don't know how to use Google.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
I have a "Trolley Wire" magazine somewhere with a detailed article about the Kalgoorlie tramways - it was a really sophisticated and advanced system for a regional town.  Kal must have been a very wealthy town once, like Ballarat and Bendigo.
  dw54 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Devonport, Tas
I have a "Trolley Wire" magazine somewhere with a detailed article about the Kalgoorlie tramways - it was a really sophisticated and advanced system for a regional town.  Kal must have been a very wealthy town once, like Ballarat and Bendigo.
don_dunstan
Still is. Like Ballarat and Bendigo, built on gold. Unlike Ballarat and Bendigo, still a major gold production centre. Still generating wealth.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Yep definitly a lot of money in Kalgoorlie, I never knew they had a tramway system though.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
There's a lot of interesting pictures of the Kalgoorlie trams in action on the internet; in modern pictures of the town you can also see how interesting the main street is with historical buildings - I'd love to have a look one day.  Does anyone know who owns the remnants of those trams and what the plans are for them?
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Unlike Ballarat and Bendigo Kalgoorlie is much further away from its capital city.

Also didn't Kalgoorlie also have steam hauled suburban trains with double deck carriages?
  dw54 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Devonport, Tas
Unlike Ballarat and Bendigo Kalgoorlie is much further away from its capital city.

Also didn't Kalgoorlie also have steam hauled suburban trains with double deck carriages?
GeoffreyHansen
Relative to the size of the state, not really. In absolute kms, yes.

I suspect you're thinking of a tram trailer somehow - and it could have been Gwalia. But yes, Kal did have an extensive suburban railway service in the days of steam. The Boulder loopline was a relic of this - most has disppeared into the Big Pit. Boulder station is quite a wonderful building, actually. Sadly was damaged in Kal's earthquake a little while back.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
i have heard that the tramcar at the council compound will be will be sent out to the boulder loopline to be restored some time in the future.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
There's a lot of interesting pictures of the Kalgoorlie trams in action on the internet; in modern pictures of the town you can also see how interesting the main street is with historical buildings - I'd love to have a look one day.  Does anyone know who owns the remnants of those trams and what the plans are for them?
don_dunstan

the tramcar in the bottom 3 photos is in a fenced off area at the back of the wa museum in Kalgoorlie and the one in the top 2 photos is in the city of Kalgoorlie-boulder works depot. whether these two organisations own the tramcars or not I don't know.
wal.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
Relative to the size of the state, not really. In absolute kms, yes.

I suspect you're thinking of a tram trailer somehow - and it could have been Gwalia. But yes, Kal did have an extensive suburban railway service in the days of steam. The Boulder loopline was a relic of this - most has disppeared into the Big Pit. Boulder station is quite a wonderful building, actually. Sadly was damaged in Kal's earthquake a little while back.
dw54

most of the damage that was sustained in the earthquake has been fixed. thankfully.
wal.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I suspect you're thinking of a tram trailer somehow - and it could have been Gwalia.
"dw54"


Gwalia certainly had double-decked trailers. As I wrote in my column in Narrow Gauge Down Under 26:

To provide transport between the mine and larger town, the Leonora to Gwalia Municipal Tramway was constructed. Built to 3’6” gauge, services commenced in 1903 with an ex-WAGR “D” class 0-4-0T (named Leonora) hauling a pair of double-decked, four wheel trailers. In 1908 the Council installed a mulga-fired generating plant, providing electricity for the town and resulting in service to Gwalia being provided by an electric tram. A single tramcar was purchased, operating with the two trailers, although their upper decks were dismantled. The electric tram was unusual in that it was fitted with two trolley poles, rather than relying on earth for a return circuit.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
this is where the Kalgoorlie tramcars used to be maintained.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wn514/8118475907/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wn514/8118476529/
there is a site here http://www.pets.org.au/pets10k.html with a description of the Kalgoorlie tramways.
cheers,
wal.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
there is another link here http://www.kalgoorlietourism.com/kalgoorlie-tramways showing a bit more of the history of tramways in Kalgoorlie and boulder.
cheers,
wal.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
there is another link here http://www.kalgoorlietourism.com/kalgoorlie-tramways showing a bit more of the history of tramways in Kalgoorlie and boulder.
cheers,
wal.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
there is another link here http://www.kalgoorlietourism.com/kalgoorlie-tramways showing a bit more of the history of tramways in Kalgoorlie and boulder.
cheers,
wal.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
there is another link here http://www.kalgoorlietourism.com/kalgoorlie-tramways showing a bit more of the history of tramways in Kalgoorlie and boulder.
cheers,
wal.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
there is another link here http://www.kalgoorlietourism.com/kalgoorlie-tramways showing a bit more of the history of tramways in Kalgoorlie and boulder.
cheers,
wal.

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