Tramway books now in stock at
- Mind the Curve by John Keating discounted price
- The definitive history of Melbournes cable trams. Our city
had the largest cable tram system in the world operated as a single
integrated entity between 1885 and 1940, dwarfing the survivng cable
tram lines in San Francisco.
- Bondi to the Opera House: the trams
that linked Sydney by Dale Budd and Randall Wilson discounted
price now $29.95
- A photographic review of Sydney in the tramway era (1879-1961),
together with contemporary views showing how much the city by the
harbour has changed.
- The Golden City and its Tramway by Alan Bradley
discounted price now $10.00
- A history of Ballarat tramways. This city was founded on gold, and
its horse and electric tramway system was one of the longest lived
of Victorias regional tramways, only closing in 1971.
- Tasmanias Trolley Buses by Ian G. Cooper discounted
price now $55.00
- From 1935 in Hobart and 1951 in Launceston, electric trolleybuses
provided urban public transport to Tasmania’s two cities. This definitive
work from transport historian Ian G. Cooper tells the story of the
trolleybuses from their beginning until their untimely demise.
- Trams and Streetscapes Metropolitan
Melbourne 1950s-1960s a photographic profile by Emile
D. Badawy and John Sargent discounted price now $35.00
- A delightful book containing high quality large format colour photographs
of Melbournes trams in the 1950s and 1960s.
- More Trams and Streetscapes Metropolitan Melbourne 1950s-1960s
a photographic profile by Lindsay Crow, Colin Pike and John
Sargent discounted price now $35.00
- An excellent companion volume to Trams and Streetscapes
containing high quality large format colour photographs of Melbournes
trams in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Australasias Tramways by Marc Fiddian
- A series of interesting historical triptychs about trams and tramways
in Australia and New Zealand.
- Australian Trams Through the Ages
hardcover $59.95, or softcover Part 1 ($24.95) and Part 2 ($24.95)
- A comprehensive photographic essay of historic and contemporary
Australian tramways across the decades in one hardback volume. Also
available as two paperback volumes.
- A Brief History of the Melbourne, Brunswick & Coburg Tramways
Trust by Bob Prentice $7.00
- Discover the highly successful but short-lived northern suburbs
tramway trust a rattling good read that gives an insight into
the development of the electric tramways in Melbourne during the second
decade of the twentieth century.
- City & Glenelg by Brian Andrew
- A wonderful photographic essay covering the history of Adelaides
City to Glenelg line, from its beginning as a railway operated by
steam locomotives, then as Australias only electric interurban
to its current incarnation as a modern light commuter service.
- Clang, Clang, Clang by Marc Fiddian $14.95
- A fascinating historical review of over one hundred years of Melbournes
tramways, from the beginning of the cable trams in 1885 through to
- Destination Newcastle by Greg and
Sylvia Ray $39.95
- A wonderful collection of black and white photographs of life in
Newcastle, from the collection of transport enthusiast Ken Magor.
This amazing volume shows the dying days of Newcastle’s tramway system,
as well as beautifully detailed photos documenting the steam railways
of the time.
- Destination Waterfront City by Randall
Wilson and Dale Budd – $69.95 (hard cover), $59.95 (soft
- An essential guide for any tramway enthusiast who wants to know
the technical details of all of Melbournes current service tramcars
and light rail vehicles. Over 120 photographs and diagrams together
with detailed maps of the Melbourne tram system.
- Feeding & Filling by Graeme Breydon $4.50
- Now back in stock.
- A short but informative booklet on the history of the Prahran &
Malvern Tramways Trust. This municipal tramway system in the south-eastern
suburbs was one of the predecessors off the Melbourne & Metropolitan
- The First Electric Road by Robert Green $14.95
- The definitive history of the short-lived Box Hill to Doncaster
Tramway the Southern Hemispheres first electric tram
line. This ill-conceived venture came unstuck due to the failure of
the land-boom of the 1890s.
- Juggernaut! A Story of Sydney in the Wild Days of the Steam
Trains by David Burke $15.00
- Sydney once ran the worlds largest steam tram network. Find
out about the drama and danger of its operation, and the origin of
the Australian expression shoot through like a Bondi tram.
- Last Tram at 11 by William F. Scott $59.95
- The history of the regional Victorian tramways of Geelong, Ballarat
and Bendigo. These tramways were all operated by private electricity
companies, before they fell under the control of the State Electricity
Commission of Victoria.
- Launceston Municipal Transport 1911-1955 by Ian G. Cooper
- The complete story of one of the quaintest tramways in Australia,
an essential part of the development of Tasmanias second city
for forty-four years.
- The Melbourne Tram Book, 2nd edition
by Randall Wilson and Dale Budd $25.00
- A pictorial review of Melbournes historic tramway system,
the largest in the English speaking world. This book provides a valuable
insight into the neophyte enthusiast into our citys tramways.
- Newcastle Trams Remembered by Noel Reed
et al – $39.95
- A pictorial review of the last days of Newcastles tramway
system from 1947 to 1950, including photos by noted Australian tramway
enthusiast Noel Reed.
- The Northern Lines by Neville Smith – $6.00
- Discover the role trams played in the development of Adelaides
northern suburbs. A useful source of information for the dedicated
- One American too many Boss Badger and the Brisbane Trams
by David Burke – $29.50
- Joseph Badger was a man of his time. An energetic American engineer,
he ran the Brisbane Tramway Company for twenty-seven years from its
beginning to its acquisition by the government, through one of the
stormiest eras of Queensland political history. A must read for anyone
interested in the history of Australian tramways.
- Over the Viaduct to Henley Beach by Neville Smith – $6.00
- Read about Adelaides Henley Beach route, which travelled over
the longest timber tram viaduct in Australia, between the city and
- Parade to Kensington by Neville Smith – $6.00
- A fascinating short review of the history of Adelaides Kensington
& Norwood tram routes, an essential part of the tramway system of
the city of churches.
- Please step inside a
nostalgic look at Australian tramways in the 1950s compiled by
Carl Segnit – $39.95
- A nostalgic photographic essay of Australian trams in the 1950s,
filled with rare images of streetscenes in vibrant colour. The title
of this publication is derived from a tram sign which politely invited
Melburnians to board their iconic W class trams.
- Prahran & Malvern Tramways Trust: Melbournes
foremost municipal tramway by Ian A. Brady – $59.95
- An exciting new history of the largest of the pre-M&MTB municipal
tramways trusts of Melbourne.
- Rylewy: How the horse buses transformed
Sydney by Duncan MacAuslan– $59.95
- A newly released history of horse-drawn transport in Sydney from
1840 to 1920.
- Shooting Through: Sydney by Tram by
Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Annie Campbell and Howard Clark – $20.00
- A beautifully illustrated short history of Sydneys trams from
1861 to 1961. Written for the Shooting Through exhibition at
the Museum of Sydney in 2009.
- A Short History of the North Melbourne Electric Tramways &
Lighting Company by K.S. Kings – $10.00
- Adapted from the original 1966 work by Keith S. Kings, this booklet
tells the story of the privately-owned North Melbourne Electric Tramways
& Lighting Company.
- A Short History of the Victorian Railways Trams by David
Frost – $10.00
- The two tramlines operated by Victorian Railways in the south-eastern
suburbs of Melbourne are long gone and forgotten. This booklet provides
an interesting historical sketch of a distant time and place, when
the latest in urban public transport was the electric street railway.
- The Southern Lines by Neville Smith and John Radcliffe
- The transition from horse trams to electric trams is only part of
the story of Adelaides southern routes. Discover how they influenced
the development of the southern suburbs.
- Tracing Trams Through Sydney
by Jim Longworth $49.95
- An invaluable guide for fossickers and amateur archaeologists determined
to see the traces that electric trams left on Sydney, complete with
maps to help find signs of what was once Australia’s largest tramway
- Tram Images by Hugh Ballment $39.95
- A nostalgic photographic journey on the tramways of Australia and
New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s, by noted tramway enthusiast and
photographer Hugh Ballment.
- More Tram Images by Hugh Ballment
- If you liked Tram Images, you will love the new More Tram
Images, with the added bonus of a DVD that includes footage (largely
filmed by the author) from the 1950s of trams in Sydney, Wellington,
Perth and other cities.
- Tramcars & Trolleybuses In & Around Port Adelaide by Neville
Smith – $6.00
- The story in pictures and words of the Port Adelaide tram and trolleybus
system. Electric traction provided public transport to this gritty
workingmans suburb for decades, before it fell to the domination
of the diesel omnibus.
- Trams of Australia Volume
1, Revised and Expanded $11.95
- Trams of Australia Volume 2 $11.95
colourful pictorial review of Australian trams in two large format
- Tramway by the River by Bob Prentice $10.00
- The story of the short-lived Hawthorn Tramways Trust, the organisation
responsible for the construction of Hawthorn Depot, now the home of
the Melbourne Tram Museum.
- Tramways of Sydney by David R. Keenan
- A photographic history of one hundred years of Sydneys historic
tramways, from its beginnings in 1861 as Australias first horse
tramway, through its peak as one of the worlds largest electric
tramway systems, to closure in 1961. A valuable reference work for
Books for kids
- Ghost Tram by Robert Lastdrager
- A whimsical allegory for life at journeys end, Ghost Tram
wends its way through old Melbourne at night. For children aged 5
to 12 and adults young at heart.
- When you go to Melbourne by Maree Coote
- Appealing to kids and adults alike, a colourful romp through the
delights of Melbourne. Solve the puzzles by seeking out the hidden
motifs in every page. A wonderful momento of Melbourne and its trams.