I originally posted information about Antique Powerland on my website in a PLACES page on November 23, 2007 and last updated it on December 18, 2009. I am posting the railroad-related information here, with pictures and information from the 2010 Great Oregon Steam-Up. All of my information about Antique Powerland can be found at PlacesPages.
Open car #1187 is an O-class tram ("tram" is the British term for "trolley" or "streetcar") from Sydney, Australia. It was built in 1912 by the Meadowbank Manufacturing Company of Meadowbank, New South Wales, Australia for the New South Wales Government Tramways. A total of 626 O-class trams were built, the largest class of trams in Australia, and they operated until 1958. Only 6 O-class trams survive today; this is the only one in America.
This is the car the museum was operating during my visits, and would appear to be their favorite car for operations for obvious reasons: it is in excellent condition and as an open car the passengers can be relatively comfortable in the summer heat. In 1998, this was the first trolley to carry paying passenger at Powerland, while using a generator car for electricity, in 1999 it was the first to carry passengers while drawing its power from the overhead wires, and in 2002 it was the first to enter the carbarn under its own power. The car was given a cosmetic restoration, including a new roof and paint in 2007.
For more information, visit the Sydney Powerhouse Museum's page about Tram #805.
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