Tram hearse

January 7, 2013

Tram hearse trailer, No. 27S, made by the Randwick Tramway Workshops, Sydney, 1896, Powerhouse Museum collection, gift of Rudders Ltd, 1954, B1270.
Tram hearse trailer, No. 27S, made by the Randwick Tramway Workshops, Sydney, 1896, Powerhouse Museum collection, gift of Rudders Ltd, 1954, B1270.

With the NSW Government getting close to returning more trams (light rail) to Sydney I thought I would share with you probably the weirdest tram produced. While most trams were designed to carry the general public, some special-purpose ones were made to carry prisoners to and from gaol, stretchers on hospital trams during the

The mourners, officiating clergy and funeral director would travel in the passenger tram cars, initially steam and later electric, on a scheduled service with the tram hearse attached at the rear. There would probably have been a separate compartment reserved for the funeral party. It was the responsibility of the pallbearers to place the coffin in the tram hearse and also to remove it and transfer it to the funeral train. The tram conductor would lock and unlock the tram hearse door and fares would be collected in the normal manner. The hearse service connected with the funeral trains at the Mortuary Station near Honeysuckle and later Newcastle station to Sandgate Cemetery.

The Museum’s tram hearse No.27S, was built at the Randwick Tramway Workshops in Sydney. It’s a low, four-wheel timber tram, probably built on an old Share

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