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Restored Vintage Tram ‘Number 1753’ and Café Set to Open This Month

Source: Northern Beaches Council
Posted: 21 Apr 2018
Tram 1753 after restoration
You won’t miss the brightly-coloured, 1930s-era Sydney tram, mounted proudly on iron tracks beside busy Pittwater Road in Narrabeen which is set to open on 30 April.

Trams ran along Pittwater Road from Manly to Narrabeen from 1913 to 1939. The old Number 1753, R-class tram, formerly trundled between North Sydney and The Spit Bridge, transporting countless passengers from 1933 until it rattled to a halt finally in June 1958.

Number 1753 was then sold off in 1959 for the princely sum of £60, to an apple orchardist from Bilpin – to be used for sleeping accommodation.

Over time, Number 1753 became dilapidated before languishing eventually, covered with graffiti, in the former Rozelle Tram Depot before the Sydney Tramway Museum in Glebe took possession.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said in 2014, the former Warringah Council came to Tram 1753's rescue paying $3,000 for it.

“It was decided to resurrect the old tram and incorporate it into our Tramshed Arts & Community Centre, next to Berry Reserve in Narrabeen for the delight of the community and visitors.

“Council’s trades staff later teamed up with volunteer members of The Forest Community Men's Shed - and set to work restoring Tram 1753 to its former glory.

“The Men’s Shed members worked tirelessly on the tram’s restoration over a period of about 12 months. Council staff undertook contaminant removal, the electrical works and exterior painting, amongst other things.

“Between them, they’ve all done a terrific job of restoring the tram. It looks just great.” said Mayor Regan.

The Community Centre is also undergoing a major refurbishment and will soon be open to the community for a wide range of arts, leisure, health and fitness activities - and includes a café, outside which the tram now sits.

The old tram’s authentic two-tone green-and-cream exterior paintwork and its timber-panelled interior have been faithfully restored - complete with 1950s adverts plugging ‘PK Chewing Gum’ and reminders to passengers to renew their TV Licences at a cost of ‘£5 per year’.

“Tram 1753 is both a delightful reminder of a by-gone era and of the need for public transport to play a vital part in addressing tomorrow’s transport needs, too. A must to visit.” said Mayor Regan.

Tram 1753 in derelict condition
 
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