The trams that ruled Brisbane

Some colour photos of the amazing tram system that existed in Brisbane until they were ripped out in 1969!
More info here.

I am not 100% on the source of these all of these images. I suspect the BCC for many of them. The Youtube clip at the end of this post suggest a chap named Richard Jones . They came to me via a friends mother via email. If anyone does know I will add due credit.

[UPDATE 27/04/16] Richard Jones contacted me recently confirming his connection to many of the photos which where taken below. More of his Brisbane photos can be viewed at the Brisbane Tramway Museum. Thank you Richard for sharing your lovely work!

Map of tram network via @jackbryce

Top of Queen Street (Corner George Street), 1965

Corner Queen & Albert Streets, 1958

Tram Depot Ipswich Road, Dutton Park, 1969

Trams on Gilchrist Ave with St. Bridgid’s Red Hill in the background and Roma Street goods yard in foreground

South Brisbane Railway Station

Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, 1965

Gympie Road, Kedron, 1968

Stafford Road Terminus, 1968

Belmont (now Carina) Terminus, 1968

Grey Street, South Brisbane, 1969

Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton, 1969

Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, 1969

Ipswich Road, Annerley, 1969

Queen Street, North Quay, 1969

Stones Corner, 1969

Nursery Road, Mt Gravatt, 1969

Stanley Street,  Wooloongabba, 1969

Breakfast Creek

Possibly Adelaide Street (cnr Albert), 1960s

Days Road, The Grange, 1968

Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, 1968

Dutton Park  or Buranda? (tram depot in back-ground)

Camp Hill, 1958

Petrie Bight (Customs House in background), 1965

Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, 1967

Milton Road, Milton (XXXX sign in background)

Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley (Corner. Wickham Street), 1968

Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley (same corner different angle), 1968

Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, 1968

Video of above.


  • Vaughn says:

    Hey mate, the 6th photo from the top is actually the St Paul’s Terrace / Barry Parade / Brunswick Street Intersection.

  • Mary says:

    Hello, love these old tram pics. the one that says ” possibly Adelaide St” with the Bradman’s shop in front, is actuallyQueen St, as if you are looking up where the mall is now, from Edward St. Cnr Albert and Queen Sts.

  • Mary says:

    sorry, not Edward, meant to delete that bit. it’s corner of Albert and Queen. looking up Queen St.
    : )

  • Geoffrey Luck says:

    Great photos! Can anyone tell me what was the other terminus of the Camp Hill and Clayfield trams? Did they both go along Queen Street or did the Clayfield tram once (in the 30s and 40s) go along Adelaide Street?

  • Laurie Garth says:

    Clayfield tram went Clearfield to Salisbury.
    71 tram. all the 61,51, etc etc where short termini on the Salisbury line.

    I used to get on/off at park rd section. Stop 16 Ipswich rd.

  • David Gilbert says:

    Wonderful photographs of times gone by. Thank you.

  • Andrew Brooks says:

    Hi, great stuff!
    Here are a few useful points:-

    Pic 5:FM Car 474: This was first FM Car to have sliding doors(manually operated) & upholstered seating,built around June 1949.It was based for most of its life at Light Street Depot in the Valley.

    Pic 17: FM (“Phoenix”) Car 547, complete with Post Box on driver’s window, collecting letters on the last day of Tramway Operations in Brisbane, 13 Apr 1969.

    Pic 21: FM (“Phoenix”) Car (possibly 551): This is Not the Valley, but West End, possibly near Vulture Street.

    Pic 22: FM (Prototype) Car 400: Built 1937, & one of 2 x Prototype Cars, the other being 401.It is on route from Ipswich Road Depot in the background,to Dutton Park, to take up a route 78 service from Dutton Park to New Farm Wharf, via Queen St in the City, and the Valley.

    Hope these bits are of interest

  • sonya zunker says:

    Hi all…Im trying to find JOHN HARTLEY who worked on the Brisbane trams in 1966. He sang abit and had a guitar apparently. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Sonya Zunker

  • sonya zunker says:

    JOHN may have been his 2nd name….not sure. Thanks in advance

  • Mark daniel says:

    Pic 21 is NOT West End. The view is along Brunswick Street, towards the New Farm ferry (If you magnify the photo, you should see part of the ferry terminal roof past the hump at the end of the road). The tram is turning left onto Merthyr Road, and will turn right along Moray St, right onto Barker St, then left onto Brunswick Street to the city.

  • Dennis Woodman says:

    1st photo not 1965…Note the Monaro on the left of the first Tram.. Probably 1968-69.The Valiant Sedan too is circa 1968 as well. Cheers

  • Robin Lee says:

    Hi. The following free event may be of interest to you and your readers. Many thanks!

    Museum of Brisbane history talk: A history of the
    Brisbane Tramways
    Brisbane Square Library

    In 1968, the Brisbane City Council announced its intention to close down its tramways and change over to an all-bus transport system. Join Peter Hyde, one of the founders of the Brisbane Tramway Museum and its current Vice President, as he discusses the historical significance of the tramways, their closure, and their legacy today. Presented in partnership with the Museum of Brisbane.

    Friday 19 August*
    *Bookings essential.
    Call Brisbane Square Library on
    (07) 3403 4166 for more information.

    For more events at Brisbane Square Library visit or pick up a copy
    of What’s On in Libraries.

  • Bruce Hardiman says:

    These pictures are a reminder of how clean Brisbane’s air was until trams were replaced by 300 dirty diesel buses which blurted out toxic fumes in the Brisbane CBD!
    4 motor trams could still running to-day,had another mayor been elected before 1969!

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