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2005/68/1 Destination rolls (9), from electric tram, fabric, used on Sydney and Newcastle electric trams and trolley buses, Department of Road Transport and Tramways, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1899-1961. Click to enlarge.

Destination rolls used on Sydney and Newcastle electric trams

Made
  • 1899-1961
The distinctive coloured symbols which appeared on many of the destinations signs displayed on the front and rear of Sydney's electric tams originated from the days of steam operation. They first appeared in May, 1881, in the form of coloured painted plates placed on the front of the steam tram motors above the painted destination name board. At night they were replaced by oil lamps with coloured shades.

The different colour code adopted for each line or group of lines served several …

Summary

Object No.

2005/68/1

Object Statement

Destination rolls (9), from electric tram, fabric, used on Sydney and Newcastle electric trams and trolley buses, Department of Road Transport and Tramways, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1899-1961

Physical Description

Nine tram destination rolls screen printed on canvas, comprising:

Destination roll labelled 'Eastern suburbs, Botany, Showground'.

Front destination roll labelled 'Newcastle'.

Front destination roll labelled 'Eastern suburbs'.

Front destination roll labelled 'North Sydney'.

Front destination roll labelled 'Manly-Narrabeen'.

Side destination roll labelled 'Ashfield-Cabarita'.

Side destination roll labelled 'Rockdale-Brighton Le Sands'.

Front destination roll labelled 'Western suburbs'.

Front destination roll for trolleybus labelled 'Kogarah-Sans Souci'.

Production

Made

  • 1899-1961

Notes

The rolls of the King Street, City and Watsons Bay line and the combined roll of the North Sydney and Manly systems contained black and white symbols but these were gradually replaced by block letter signs without symbols from 1913 and about 1923 respectively. Destinations on the line rolls usually comprised white letters on a black background although coloured backgrounds as well as black on white letters were used for some city area signs.

Apart from the Rockdale to Brighton-le-Sands line, coloured symbols were used on the rolls for the remaining Sydney electric lines, the red symbol destinations at Enfield depot being replaced by block letters in 1915 while most of the remainder continued in use until the end of tramway operation.

History

Notes

The rollls were used in New South Wales, Australia between 1899 and 1961

Source

Credit Line

Source unknown

Acquisition Date

21 February 2005

Cite this Object

Harvard

Destination rolls used on Sydney and Newcastle electric trams 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 September 2021, <https://ma.as/349459>

Wikipedia

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