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Its been a while

Sorry guys and gals, its been a busy few months with a lot going on with our other sites such as, we offer Tram Scrolls on at least 3 of our other sites as they are still popular, 7 years after we first started offering them.

As before, we’ve collated a small selection of some of our more unusual Tram Scroll designs that we have created for our customers (and a few of our more normal ones too), the selection has a massive variety of colours and styles and even  Godfather one which i love.

Feel free to quote or refer to these designs if you want to order something similar, just quote the blog title and the artwork details ie colour / style.

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Where did those 5 years go

Wow where has the time gone! We are now 5 years old…. that’s five years of creating and printing beautiful personalised art for our customers! I think after 5 years we can brag a little of the sucesses of the last few years so here goes…:) ….  In that time we have created more than 3000 Tram Scrolls, our Tram Scrolls have gone to far flung places from the remote areas of the USA to China, Vietnam, all over Europe and even one to Kazakhstan! Our designs have been featured in magazines in 3 continents and can regularly be seen on the sets of both Home & Away and Neighbours. We have  been in the Sydney Herald twice and even been a centre page Valentines Day Ultimate gifts double page spread.

Anyway… enough about all that, we know what you are looking for… ideas for your own Personalised Tram Scroll… so here goes… as usual here are a selection of different designs we created recently, as always they are in a very assorted collection of styles, layouts and colour schemes.

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Post Christmas Madness

Wow that was a hectic couple of months with the usual buildup to Christmas being hands down the busiest time of year by at least double for Personalised Tram and Bus Scrolls. Its lovely now that it’s a bit quieter we can finally take a breath and start doing things like Facebook and blog updates that are neglected during busier times.  Not that we’re complaining when it’s busy ; )

As we often do, here are a few of our recent designs,  with limited this  blog update to just 16 designs this time as we have told that sometimes we post too many images and it can be little confusing!

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Here are some of the recent Tram and Bus scrolls – November 2014

Here are some of the recent personalised Tram and Bus scrolls we have designed for our customers  in the last two or three months.  as you can see they come in a wide variety of colours and styles from the classic for line style  which is the traditional style used on the original 1950s and 60s  tram and bus destination blinds  to the contemporary style which uses fonts of different heights  and the modernista style  which utilises a large number of words criss-crossing each other in different directions  to stunning effect. Below you can also see the multi-font design  which as the name implies  uses different fonts. There is also a coloured design shown below  that is based on the original  side of tram roll blinds that used different colours and also symbols.

if you like any of these styles colours and designs please feel free to reference the ones you like,  on the order form or by email when you liaise with us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

The team at Tram Scrolls

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May & June Tram Destination Scroll Designs

Recent Tram Sign Canvas Prints Designs
Here are a selection of the recent designs we created for customers, there are quite a few modernista designs in this selection along with some nice colour variants. As always we hope this selection helps give you ideas for what you’d like on your personalised tram scroll artwork.

To see more designs please check out our previous blogs or visit the galleries for each country, the galleries show all the styles we have available to order.

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Tram Scrolls Customer Designs

From time to time we like to post a blog with a whole load of customer designed tram scrolls; – it is a great opportunity to show off what we do and the brilliant customer designs that have kept us busy. It is also a fantastic way to inspire others with different ideas for designing their own tram scroll.

If any of these tram scrolls inspire you contact us, tell us which you like and we’ll help you design your own.



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Introducing the latest new Tram Scroll style

We’ve just added another great style of personalised tram scroll to our ranges and options available when ordering a custom tram or bus scroll. The new black and white striped style looks great (we think!), please let us know your thoughts? We’ve launched it with 6 display images that can be seen under both the Australian gallery images and also 1 under the European gallery.
Here are the images we’ve created for display purposes although actually all of our FULL LINE style designs can now be bought with the black and white styling added.

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Merry Christmas to all our customers


We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our wonderful, creative customers a very merry Christmas and a happy & healthy 2014.

We also want to express our thanks for all your support throughout the year.

Here is some of all of our hard work;-



Some amazing tram scrolls – Look forward to seeing you all next year!!





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Some of our latest Bus scroll designs

We are always asked about styles and colours for our Tram and Bus Scrolls, the hardest part about ordering a personalised destination canvas is choosing the words and style then making up your mind about the colour scheme.This in mind we periodically add a blog post like this with a LOAD of our customers recent designs, these designs are a great way for you to see what we can do and get ideas for your own personalised tram scrolls. Please have a look at these designs, feel free to reference any of these when ordering your artwork, just mention in the ordering notes the one you like.       

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Inspiring Christmas Gift Ideas

Time is racing by towards the big day. Some of you may have Christmas all sewn up already, but many are still looking for that perfect gift. We all want to find just the right present for our loved ones; something that shows that we care and have really thought about that person and what they would really cherish. Personalised art does just that, it is unique – no one else will have the same tram scroll on their wall. Customers have a chance to design their tram scroll with names, dates or phrases that mean something to them and their loved ones, and to them alone. No mass produced stuff here!

We use premium quality cotton canvas on timber frames and our inks are built to last. We also offer a vintage style canvas for those that want a really authentic looking tram banner. We will work with you and send you proofs to approve, so you can have peace of mind and we can all make sure your art work is exactly as you would like it.

We will present you or your loved one with a first class gift that will last and last.

We offer 100% free shipping for any tram scrolls, anywhere in Australia, no small print! We use Couriers Please  as standard or TNT for express overnight deliveries if required. From receipt of payment we aim to have the tram scroll delivered within 2 weeks, please check with us for Christmas delivery.

Here are some of our recent customer designs; – As you can see some are traditional style, some are contemporary with multi-directional text, they use different types or colour of writing. Love the Bill Hicks quote (2nd tram scroll) – everyone gets their inspiration from somewhere!




All the tram scroll designs are very different, expressing the different personalities and preferences that make us all unique. Which is why we are confident that they make the perfect present.

Contact us at // if you have any specific questions or requirements  1300 632 332.

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Busiest Time of the year for Tram Scrolls!

We have been really busy at Tram Scroll Towers, but we are definitely not complaining. Tram Scrolls and Bus Blinds make such fantastic personalised presents that, especially at this time of the year when everyone is choosing some amazing gifts to give to loved ones, we get a lot of orders coming through our doors.

Here are just a few examples of our latest orders;-


1. Lovely full line tram scroll in beautiful blue colour

2. This Tram scroll looks really good on the lighter background

3. Modernista style with multi directional text

4. Tram scroll on a white background with great use of different size & style text – very eyecatching

5. This customer  design uses multi fonts to emphasize the fantastic wording for a lucky friend.



We post on Facebook and Twitter everyday with examples of varied and fantastic, customer designed personalised art.   With so many choices you may want to browse our site for ideas and inspiration. You can choose the colour  of the canvas, the size of the canvas, the font (or fonts) you use, and, most importantly – what you want it to say. A truly personalised gift from you to a loved one. One that you can guarantee will be totally unique!

All we ask is that you allow plenty of time for us to get your personalised tram scroll delivered to wherever it is going. We are busy with orders, and although we do our very best to get your orders ready as soon as possible, we have an increase in orders at this time of year so it takes a little longer than at other times. Please allow 1-2 weeks for us to print your perfect gift and send it on it’s merry way.

For any queries please contact us –  or see;-


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Octobers customer tram banner designs

Here are some of our recent personalised bus scroll designs created for our customers. As always you will see a wide range of colours and styles, look at the designs below to see if you can spot the following styles;

Contemporary style (the height of the fonts vary in size)

Full Line style (the most popular and traditional, all font heights are the same)

Modernista style (popular modern variant of the traditional tram scrolls, the lines criss cross across the design)

Multi Font (uses a range of different fonts to create a nice effect)

Centred style (As the name suggests the lines are centred)

There are also some great colour schemes recently from stunning purples to a nice beige, blue and black modernista design shown below

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Some of our latest personalised Tram & Bus Scroll designs, July 2013

Its been a while since we last posted a selection of our recent customers designs that we have created in our various designs, in this batch (click the continue reading link to see all of the personalised artworks), we have included mostly Full Line and Contemporary style bus scrolls along with a few of our great modernista and multi-font style and one multi-coloured tram roll design. We have also displayed a couple in cream and brown, a pastel blue and a couple of Navy blue for you to compare the different standard colour options available for these stunning personalised destination art prints. As always we hope you find this blog useful, we are happy to help with any questions you may have, you can reach us at 1300 632 332 or by email at

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Custom Prints Trams Scrolls

Australia’s two most popular cities, Melbourne and Sydney, have become two of the top cities in the world. They are synonymous with good weather, beaches, barbecues, unique architecture, great art and a vibrant social scene. These two fantastic cities have attracted the youth of Australia and the world for decades.

Many Australians come to Sydney and Melbourne for vacations, to visit friends or to attend university and when they come they are struck by the exciting and energetic atmosphere that engulfs them. Both cities have become prime destinations for tourists from all over the world and some would argue that they are the number one and two destinations for backpackers, gap year students and travellers looking to spend some quality time in the southern hemisphere.

Both Melbourne and Sydney have a wonderful combination of colonial history combined with modern Australian culture. Each has their own highly competitive sporting events, each have their own personality and they both have their own unique areas. The Sydney Opera House is the most famous building in Australia and St Kilda in Melbourne is the prime meeting place for travelers from all over the world.

One thing that both cities have in common is their tram system and it’s this simple public transport system that captures the imagination of visitors from all over Australia and the world.

Destination Art

The tram systems in Australia have become so popular that they have created their own art movement. Tram scroll art takes the destinations from the tram line and presents them as a piece of art that you can hang on your wall.

These custom prints are popular as a way of remembering your time in one of Australia’s great cities. They are a physical representation of the nostalgia you feel for the tram lines that you used frequently whilst you were there.

At they were the first and largest manufacturer of destination art dating from 1920 – 1960. Their catalogue contains prints from Melbourne and Sydney and other destinations within Australia but also includes tram and bus scrolls from Europe and America. Their destination art can be designed by the customer in the form of custom prints. With three different sizes to choose from and four different colours you are sure to find something which will fit your home perfectly. The quality of the pieces is extremely high with only the best timber, canvas and ink used.

Destination art, custom prints and destination bus scrolls are a great way to remember your time in Australia.

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Letter Art – The Ultimate Gift Idea for Everyone on Your List

Introducing our new sister website, Wow Letter Art, the ultimate in personalised name gifts.

Are you in need for that perfectly unique gift? Do you need something special for somebody in your life who has everything? Or maybe you’re looking for a way to celebrate a special occasion such as an anniversary or a birthday? Whatever the reason, Wow Letter Art has just what you’re looking for – personalised and unique letter art creations made using breathtaking photography from items found in the world around us.

Photographic letter art from the Wow Letter Art makes the perfect gift for people of all ages – everyone loves having their own name or significant word made into keepsake-worthy art that is both absolutely unique and meaningful. You can have your artwork made on high quality canvas print, or in framed or unframed photo paper.

Letter art is quickly becoming a decoration favourite – with framed letter art appearing anywhere from coffee houses to college dorm rooms. You can easily create your own unique letter art gift for housewarming, wedding, birthday, anniversary, graduation or other special holiday. Or design something beautiful and personal for your home or office. Never underestimate the power and lasting effect of a thoughtful, artful and beautiful letter art gift with a uniquely personal touch.

Wherever your creativity takes you, Wow Letter Art is sure to design the word art just as you imagined. You can display your family last name, names of your children or loved ones, favourite team name, words of inspiration or motivation. The possibilities are endless, but the quality is always superb. Our expert staff ensures you’ll be completely satisfied with your purchase, making your shopping experience as wonderful and enjoyable as possible.

Wow Letter Art is the first to bring these mesmorising typographic art works to Australia and we strive to offer the highest quality, easiest shopping experience, and best range of photographic letters in colour, black and white and sepia taken from nature and urban settings across Australia, Europe and America. Choose from a wide variety of sizes and colour schemes that will look great as focal point on your wall as well as be a perfect complement to just about any décor.

Believe us when we say that the recipient of on our letter art pieces will be truly touched by this unique and absolute one of a kind gift. This year, present a gift that will be appreciated for years to come.

This article is a launch article to announce the latest new website in the Blue Horizon Prints website portfolio.

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New Yorks Gorgeous Underground Art Scene

For over 25 years, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has been commissioning art in the world’s most far-reaching underground gallery: The NYC subway system. In those 25 years, some incredible installations and displays have helped New Yorkers enjoy stunning pieces as they rush to their morning meetings. As of spring 2013, 70 new pieces are being completed and there are installations in over 200 New York stations.

One of the most memorable pieces ever on display was created by Heins and La Farge in 1904, and it’s still on display at the New York Transit Museum. Most museums in New York are free, so it’s just a subway ride away to discover this incredible arch. The piece was originally mounted in the City Hall Station; that station closed in 1945, but the art was saved.

Look Fast

Commuters on the B or Q train heading into Manhattan can feast their eyes on 228 panels designed by Bill Brand. First installed in the 1980’s, these panels have become a staple for New Yorkers. Similar to a child’s flash book in which images appear to move in stop motion, Brand’s pieces have the same function but on a completely different level. It happens so quickly that you need to pay close attention; it operates as a secret story unfolding just for you.

At the Union Square Station, commuters have plenty of time to stop and admire six patriotic eagles. Installed by Mary Miss in 1998, these eagles were originally intended for the first stages of construction in 1904. They’re understated upon first glance and warrant a closer inspection. Slow down and have a close look at New York’s original art, now well over 100 years old.

The Stop and Stare Lot

Jacob Lawrence’s famous “New York in Transit” can be found in the Times Square/42nd Street Station. It’s massive and can’t be missed, but deserves more than a passing glance. It was Lawrence’s last piece, completed posthumously at the turn of the century. Colorful, a touch abstract and with a size that New York deserves, it perfectly captures the hustle and bustle of the underground.

New York isn’t only known for fast commutes and busy trains, though. Take a trip to the Lexington Avenue/59th Street Station to visit Elizabeth Murray’s “Blooming.” Created with tile, it’s her 1996 homage to the coffee culture of the city. Trees blooming amidst a steaming cup of coffee transports Central Park, and all other parks in the city, effortlessly to the underground.

Don’t Blink

These are just a few of the underground treasures in New York. With hundreds of pieces available, try unplugging the iPod and looking up from the paper; you might be missing out on a masterpiece. Checking your email about the new website cost is important, but so is taking the time to appreciate the beauty around you.

Adrienne Erin is a writer and amateur artist interested in the technical side of the artistic world. Follow her on Twitter at @adrienneerin to see what she’s up to right now.

For vintage reproduction bus scroll and custom subway designs Tram Scrolls Australian should be your first port of call. Design your own unique personalised art for just $30.

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On this blog we have attached below 70 of our customer recent tram scroll / personalised designs. Please feel free to have a look at these designs in order to get ideas for your personalised tram and bus scroll. The 70 designs are a nice mix of many of our different colors and styles from the popular Full line and contemporary style designs in black and white through to the modern styles like the coloured style and modernista. As always please feel free to contact, we are looking forward to hearing from you.

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Tram Scrolls

December 4, 2012 by

The Christmas rush is on here at Tram Scrolls Australia, the count down is on, we will be able to print custom canvas tram scrolls right up to the 21st of December but designs normally take a couple of days too. Therefore if you want to order a tram scroll for Christmas for a friend or family and make someone very happy… we suggest you place you order within the next few days to ensure Christmas delivery.

Bus and tram scrolls make the perfect Christmas gift idea as they are 100% unique and demonstrate that you have actually given them and their life some real thought! Make a partner happy by creating a custom canvas bus and tram scroll detailing all the great holidays and places you have been on? Make you Mum or Dad over the moon by listing their lives on an antique bus print design.

Place your order today here ….

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If you are stuck for ideas for your personalised destination tram scroll design, here are a few of the designs we have created recently. You can see a large selection of colours and styles, also you can see the difference between how they look with only 12 lines or 20 lines.

You’ll see from the gallery below the following styles and colours;


Full Line style this is the most popular style and is also the most traditional

Centred style – this is based on the original tram scrolls from the Melbourne are in the 1950′s and 1960′s

Contemporary – this new style is a modern take on the traditional, vintage tram & bus banner / tram scroll designs

Modernista – a brand new concept design allowing up to 45 lines / destinations, displayed in a criss-cross fashion

Multi – Coloured – there are a couple of these, based on the original coloured scroll designs, seen sometimes to depict particular tram lines

Colours & effects

Vintage – we add this effect onto the design giving an impression of aging/fading to the destination scroll

Cream & brown – our 2nd most popular colour

Dark Blue – a new variant for those wanting something bold and new

Cream & white- great alternative colour, cream background with white writing

Pastel blue – stunning colour scheme based on a french Provencial blue


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If you are one of the many people that look back on your childhoods or distant past with rose tinted glasses as the golden days then you will love the new vintage artworks being created based on the old tram and bus destination signs of old. The destination signs are now being made into striking, typographic canvas art prints, with a great vintage throwback feeling. Companies such as Tram Scrolls Australian offer as many as 300 or more different tram and bus destination sign canvas prints for almost every city or area you could think of. The focus is on Australia but there are designs from all over the world.

The beauty of these eye catching vintage prints is that they can also be customised using individualised wording for anyone, meaning that a destination scroll can be created that tells a story. You can take the unique design of an existing tram destination sign and add your own wording to it. The lines can be destinations from your own city or area, your favourite places in the world, your favourite pubs or the story of your life. The sky is the limit, which helps to explain why these typographic custom artworks are some popular.
If you are looking for something a bit different to buy for someone that has it all, or just simply to demonstrate that you really care and have given the gift (and the recipient) a great deal of though, then look no further than a replica tram scroll.

Personalised art based on replica tram destination signs is something that can be 100% customised to your own specific tastes, every aspect of the design is controllable and bespoke, black and white is the most popular however increasingly a massive variety of colours are popping up such as navy blue or even red. Some of the Australian tram scrolls had a combination of colours added to the black and white designs with specific colour combinations being used for different lines, these coloured variants can also be bought at sites such as or custom tram banner can also be based on this style.

Bespoke tram scrolls prints are available as stretched canvases, in which the printed canvas is stretched over a chunky wooden frame, unstretched canvas if you want to be creative and drape the canvas over a rail or pole. If these options don’t suit then on request the bus scroll can be framed in a more traditional frame.
No matter the print option you select for your personalised tram destination banners you can rest assured that you will be provided with the best customer service and a premium quality artwork, delivered to your door in just a few days and that it will be a personalised artwork that will not e easily forgotten.

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Here are a selection of some of the tram and bus destination scrolls designed by us for our customers throughout June & July. As always there is a large range of styles and colour schemes ranging from vintage traditional tram scrolls to the more modern aptly named modernista bus scrolls. The coloured ‘reproduction’ front of tram destination scrolls have made a resurgence with a number of them being requested of late.

These vintage looking tram and bus destination signs are truly the perfect personalised gift for any occasion.

Feel free to browse the gallery to view thumbnails of all of these tram scroll designs then if you have any questions we are always happy to help on

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These are a some of the tram destination scrolls we have designed over the last 2 months for our customers, these customised designs will hopefully help you to get ideas on how exactly you would like your personalised tram and bus scroll to look.

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Here are a large selection of our recent tram scroll designs created specifically for our customers. Please feel free to browse them and get ideas, it helps us a lot if you can reference a scroll number that you like when you order; for example ‘Please base my design on Contemporary #22″….

Our tram scrolls make the perfect gift for any occasion, recently they have been popular as anniversary gifts and wedding gifts… however they make the perfect personalised gift for any occasion.

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As always please feel free to browse these designs to get ideas of what other people are doing.

Click the link below to see all the images and the full blog of our destination canvas designs.

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Here are a selection of recent tram scroll designs if you are looking for ideas for your personalised scroll.


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PLease feel free to scroll through the following gallery of our customers recent designs, as usual they show a wide variety of design styles, colours and sizes. We are Australia’s number one designer and printer of tram and bus destination scrolls. We offer free delivery anywhere in Australia and offer the best quality at the lowest prices for comparable quality.


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Here are a selection of our customers photos of their tram scrolls. It is useful for seeing the proportions of our tram and bus scrolls plus its also great for seeing how good they look on the wall! Feel free to contact us dorectly if you have any questions in regards to our  canvas tram prints.

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Here is a collection of some of the latest feedback from our happy customers! Thanks once again to all of our customers for taking the time to send us an email with the details of their experience placing an order for a customised tram and bus destination scroll.

Just wanted to let you know that my tram scroll has arrived and I am very happy with it – many thanks.

Cheers, Alison, Cowaramup, WA


We absolutely love the tramscroll and have had lots of positive comments whenever anyone comes to visit.  thank you for the great service with proofs and delivery.

regards, Pauline, Grange, QLD


Many thanks. I love my tram scroll. Even better, my friends who I gave it to opened it this evening and were blown away. It brought tears to their eyes. See attached – they hung it straight away.

Thanks. You will be sure to get some more business from this one – have passed your details on to a few people.

Kate, Sydney, NSW


Just wanted to let you know i received my Tram scroll today.

OMG! I am so Happy with the Finished product. Thankyou for your kindness and efficency, It has been an absolute pleasure to have dealt with yourself.

Elysse, Camden, NSW


I just wanted to advise that I received the scroll last week, and it is absolutely brilliant, I am really thrilled with it.

Thank you very much

Annabelle, Singapore


Just wanted to let you know that our tram scroll has arrived and that we are really happy with the result.  Looks fantastic!  Thanks for all your help.

King regards, Mariam, Mill Park, VIC


we gave our tram scroll to our father in law on Monday and he absolutely loved it!!!

It looks amazing and we couldn’t be happier.

Rachael, North adelaide, SA


Just a quick email to say that we received our tram scroll today and it looks fantastic….great work and very prompt delivery.

Emily, Northcote, VIC


Thank you so much. The tram scroll arrived today and I delivered it to my friend for her 50th birthday. She absolutely loves it and has hung it in pride of place.

Thanks again, Mary-Anne, New Farm QLD


This is a long overdue thank you! My friends in NZ received their tram scroll wedding present, and tell us that it has become their most ‘treasured item’ in their house!
Thank you so much for all your efforts and communication in arranging this.
I am extremely grateful. Thank you to your company as well for creating such a cherished memory for my dear friends.
Kim :-) Kingston, TAS


I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU! I love, love, love my tram scroll and couldn’t wait to hang it in our house. Although at first I thought it looked more brown up close than I anticipated, once it was hung on a wall I really love the subtleness of the antique effect. Thank you for a speedy turn around once I put my order in and for your advice and comments helping me decide on the colour.

Briohny, South Coogee


Just wanted to let you know that I have my wonderful scroll and love it. I have had many comments too on it. Thank you it looks great.

Suzy, Tamworth, NSW


Just letting you know that the scroll arrived. It looks fabulous – exactly what I wanted!

Kate, Claremont, WA


Have received the bus scroll and we love it. Thanks for your quick delivery. We will be recommending you to others.

Raelee, Urunga, NSW

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Here is a collection of our customers tram and bus destination scrolls from August. As always – please click the link that says ‘CONTINUE READING’ in order to see all of the images.

Remember we also have over 400 bus scroll canvas designs to choose from in our 3 galleries.

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Please ‘click the ‘words ‘continue reading’ to see a selection of recent tram scroll designs for our customers. These designs will help you in making the right choice for your customised tram and bus destination scroll.

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Some recent tram scroll feedback

We recieved the tram scroll yesterday and (luckily) my boyfriend LOVED it!

As soon as renovations are finished and the walls painted we will mount and take a photo in-situ for you!
Kate, Newcastle

I received my tram scroll on Friday & I absolutely love it!

It looks amazing hanging on my dining room wall & I would advise everyone to order the larger size, it’s awesome.

Thanks for your help with the proof & I will definitely recommend your website to my family & friends.

Natalie, Echuca, VIC
I received the print yesterday – love it, love it, love it!

thank you ever so much. I’ll be making the big presentation on Sunday at my sister’s 40th birthday.

i dont doubt that i’ll be getting plenty of queries about where i got it from – i’ll be sure to pass on your details.

thanks again for your help, much appreciated.

Christine, Bendigo, VIC
Just a note to let you know that the scroll was delivered yesterday.

We are very pleased with the “finished product”…….it is of high quality and looks great on the wall !!!!!

Many thanks for your assistance during the ordering / purchase process.


Bob, Greenacre, NSW

I gave the personalised tram scroll to my Husband for our first wedding anniversary last
weekend and he loved it!  Thank you so much for your help with my order, the level of customer service you gave was just brilliant.
The end product is beautiful…cant wait to hang it (when we eventually find a rental in the crazy Melbourne market!)

Best regards,

Kelly, Carlton, VIC
I just wanted to write and say thanks very much for fast-tracking my Byron tram scroll. It arrived the day before our 10th wedding anniversary and saved the day. The good service is much appreciated.

Kind regards
Madonna, New Farm, QLD

The tram scroll arrived yesterday.
We are very pleased with the results.

Thank you for your fast, efficient and professional service.

We were initially advised to go to anther company. However,their service and poor attitude to doing something different immediately put us off.
Thanks again!
Jim, Bundaberg, QLD

Thankyou so much for the tramscroll, we put it up tonight and it looks fantastic!
Your delivery was very quick & good job by couriers(they put the scroll out under our back deck, it hammered down later that afternoon so they saved it-phew!) for thinking what weather was coming.

Can’t rave enough how happy we are.

Hope you and your family have a happy Easter
Kerry, Mango Hill, QLD

Just a quick note to say thank you for the absolutely fantastic job you did on my custom made tram scroll (the combined cities/ new york highlights one and the single new york highlights one).

The whole experience of dealing with you was wonderful.

The professionalism you showed and the assistance you gave in making the end product an accurate reflection of my design makes it very easy for me to recommend you to my friends and family.

The artwork arrived last night and I have already hung it up and it looks fabulous.

I will most definitely be putting in more orders with you.

Thanks again for making the whole experience an enjoyable one.

Take Care

Sarla, Sydney

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We are Australia’s favourite place to come for vintage reproduction tram and bus scrolls. We print more tram destination rolls than any other company in Australia and best of all all we do it at the lowest prices, offering great prices for premium quality.

Why use Tram Scrolls Australia? Here’s just a 10 reasons;

1. We offer the best quality at the lowest prices

2. We use 100% cotton canvas and archival quality inks

3. We use couriers for all deliveries offering our customers the best delivery flexibility

4. Free shipping!! Any where in Australia

5. Design your own for just $30!

6. Fastest turnaround – if you need your tram scroll in 3 days we can do it

7. Great, personal service

8. We can create ANY tram scroll design you like without any problems

9. Your personalised tram scroll proof is usually available within a few hours

10. We offer UNLIMITED revisions of your personalised tram scroll design until you are 100% happy with it.

Contact us today to find out for yourself. We guarantee you will LOVE the finished result!

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More and more of our customers give us great feedback on our blog, telling us that having the designs we have created recently for our customers on here is great and allows them to help come up with ides for their own… so here are a fewe of Junes tram ascroll designs so far.

As always there are a mixed bag of designs however the black and white, full line style is by far the most popular this month so far.


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Tram Scroll featured in Donna Hay Magazine

One of our Sydney tram scroll designs featured in the Donna Hay magazine this month, the June/ July issue 57, page 154 displays our popular ‘All stops from Watsons Bay to Maroubra’ design, they chose to use a black and white large tram scroll with our new vintage / antique effects added onto it giving it an authentic bus and tram destination sign feel.The vintage effect applies a weathered brown tinge to the black scroll along with the lettering becoming an off white shade instead of egg-shell white. The vintage or antique effect adds a whole new depth to the destination rolls.
The scan from the magazine doesnt clearly show the vintage effects – to see these effects you may have to buy the magazine and learn some nice cooking recipes at the same time as viewing our great tram scroll designs.
The watsons Bay tram scroll design is one of over 140 different tram destination scroll designs we offer, we have a tram scroll for every major city in Australia from Sydney, Melbourne, brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra plus a whole lot more. Visit the Australian scrolls gallery to view the collection available, there are also a number of other designs for destinations all over the world. visut the site on
Alternatively, you can design your own scroll using any destinations or wording you choose, you submit your choice of wording, we then create your personalised tram scroll proof for you to approve or request changes. A customised tram scroll makes the perfect unique gift for almost any occasion such as birthdays, weddings, retirement, anniversaries or even just as an usual gift to tell someone you care. Personalising your tram scroll costs only $30!

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Tram Scroll in SHOP ’til you drop’ magazine

We’ve been lucky to get a run of media interest in our tram scrolls at the moment, our designs have been featured in a wide number of magazines such as Home Beautiful, Interiors, Decor and we can now include ‘SHOP til you drop’ in that accolade.

The article features the creator of the  fashion label Coco Ribbon as she discussed the decor she surrounds her self with at home… and you guessed it, one of the great decor items is a personalised London tram scroll with various hotspots in and around London.

Look out for our bus and tram destination signs on shows such as “Relocation Relocation Relocation and our very own Neighbours!

A vintage tram scroll will also be featured in the forthcoming June edition of the Donna Hay magazine with the scroll being displayed as a back drop for another of their mouth watering recipes!

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Here are a few of Aprils designs, as always there was a large variation in the designs requested by customers, they ranged from the more usual creams and blacks through to purple, red and blue. The style requests were a good mix of the traditional full line and contemporary with a few centred and underlined.

One of the more unusual designs this month was the double scroll using a contemporary style crossed with our unique multi font design. See this below by clicking on the design and opening it so that both sides of the design can be seen. this one came out really well.

We will be featuring in both Donna Hay magazine and SHOP this month along with a medium sized antique bus prints being regularly seen as a prop on the Neighbours set!


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March has been a busy month, so as always we’ll show a few of our customers recent designs to help give our customers ideas when designing their own tram destination blinds.

CLICK on the link below called ‘CONTINUE READING’ to see some of our recent canvas scrolls designs created specifically for our customers.

We have a good mix of many of our colours and styles below including a light blue design, some contemporary tram scroll designs along with the vintage, antique effects.

Cream font seems to be getting more popular all the time, the cream font helps add to the vintage effects of the scrolls.

These bespoke, tram destination blinds make the perfect present for anyone anytime of the year.

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These are a few of our customers recent bus destination roll designs, as always they come in a massive variety of styles and designs. hopefully it will help to give you some ideas!

The styles vary from the traditional, full line style in a few different formats through to the new multi-font style we now offer that hasd been popular as an alternative style to the norm. There are a number of contemporary designs and also a beige design that incorporates a brown border around the front of the scroll.

In the last month we have started to see more customers requesting different colours tram roll signs such as reds, purples and blues, however there is still a big demand for the antique effects to be added to the tram blinds giving them that more vintage feel.

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It goes without saying that there are various types of art that many people not only admire but collect as well. What many may not realize, however, is that typography is a form of art that has been around for quite some time.

What is Typography?

By definition, typography is considered an actual art form—and with good reason. This category of art is the practice of using type in various arrangements, designs and modifications, mainly for illustration purposes. While most individuals simply see words on a sign as just that, art lovers see past the surface and notice the effort put into the creation of the sign or illustration: the grouping of letters, spacing, line length, typefaces and point size, among others.

Popular Uses of Typography Artwork

Perhaps one of the most popular uses typography is known for is on bus destination blinds. Created with the intention of notifying passengers on buses and trains as to their upcoming destinations, bus blinds have been used heavily in Australia and parts of Europe for decades and can even be viewed today.

To the average person, the creation of such signs may seem simple but for the typographers that began putting bus signs together back in the days of stagecoaches and steam trains, each one was made with a purpose. As an art form, artists had to learn techniques that allowed them to not only get the spacing and size right, but learn which typeface to use so that it was recognizable from a distance as well as eye catching enough to get the attention of passengers as they whizzed by the destination roll.

Although these types of signs are no longer in use actively, many of the existing blinds can still be seen in certain parts of Europe and Australia. However, fans and collectors of typography artwork now have the opportunity to order their own custom bus blinds. With options from the 1920s to the 1980s, there is a variety to choose from. To get as close to the real deal as possible, each replica is made with cotton fibers and cream lettering and is even available in a weathered version that is very close in appearance to the authentic signs. Such an item is not only perfect for collectors, it is also great to give as a unique and creative gift.

Tram Scrolls Australia

1300 632 332,

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Every day we work with our fantastic customers helping them to create a personalised destination scroll that will work best for them, our customers tastes and specific requirements vary every time and we great enormous pleasure from helping them to customise a canvas print that will be loved by all.

This special bond we develop with our customers means that we receive plenty of feedback from our customers, see below for a few of these….demonstrating thast a tram scroll makes the perfect personalised gift idea!


Hi Gary … I just wanted to advise that the tram roll arrived yesterday.  I hung it last night and I am absolutely delighted with it!  It just looks superb and will be a talking point for many years to come.  This is a memento of my recent overseas trip with my daughter so it’s particularly special to me.

Thank you again – excellent service and beautifully made!

Kind regards

Jo, Balwyn, VIC, 7th december 2011


The tram scroll has arrived, my parents hadn’t called to let me know.  Thanks for being so prompt!  I haven’t seen it yet but I am assured it looks fantastic!  Thanks again, great dealing with you. Regards,
Rebecca, Mildura, VIC, 6th December, 2011


Hi Gary,
A huge thank you for my destination scroll.  It arrived yesterday and I hung it up last night and it is absolutely perfect!!!!  Thank you for your speedy service… I look forward to recommending you to friends and family.
Thank you
Kate, Herston, QLD, 19th Nov, 2011


Wow! The bus roll arrived this morning and we are all in love with it!! Thank you soo much for all of your help in designing it, we have already started to spread the workd about!

Fiona, Watsons Bay, NSW, 12th Nov, 2011


Hi Gary

I thought i’d send you an email to let you know that our tram scroll print arrived today and we are over the moon, thank you so much for organising this at such short notice. We were totally stuck and couldnt have made the day so special without the tram scroll.

thanks again

Sam, St Kilda, VIC

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Latest Customer Feedback on our destination blinds

Its been a busy few months with Christmas being absolutely hectic, we are so happy to be involved in creating such personalised and unique gifts that bring a lot of pleasure into our customers lives. From recieving the order and liasing the our customers in order to decide on the right style and designs for them through to the moment when they receive their tram roll at their door, our customers help to make every day here a joy.

Thanks again to all of our wonderful customers, we’ve detailed some of their design along with their feedback here;

Dear Gary

You are the BEST!
Thanks so much – it arrived today and looks fabulous. I can’t wait to give it away now.

I really appreciate your great customer service and will definitely recommend you guys to anyone who’ll listen.

Mary, Belrose, NSW, 15th February 2011


Got it and LOVE it thanks so much for all your help!

Fiona, Greenwood, WA, 12th February, 2011


Hi team tram scrolls!,

We received the tram scroll and absolutely LOVE it!

Thank you so so much. I will be sure to pass your details onto our friends.

Danielle, Singapore, 8th February, 2011


Hi Gary

It’s two weeks now since my tram scroll arrived so I apologise for such a late email.

I absolutely love it and I’m really pleased with it.  It’s even better in real life!   It arrived really well packed and it looks great on the wall.

Thank you again for your patience with my various proof amendments!

Carol, camberwell, VIC, 7th February, 2011


Hi Guys,

The frame arrived last Friday, well in time for the birthday boy to open his gift on the day. He loved it straight away.

Needless to say he was very impressed that I had gone to so much trouble to buy a unique gift! If only all gifts were this easy!

Thanks again,

Vanessa, Coogee, NSW, 3rd February, 2011


Just wanted to say THANK YOU very much … I received the scroll and I absolutely love it.

It looks amazing and the end result is better than I imagined.

thank you again.

Odile, Randwick, Sydney, 30th January, 2011


The tram scroll print arrived today and it looks wonderful.

Thanks very much and I have recommended your services to other friends.

Kind regards,

Liz, Sydney, NSW, 24th January


Hi Gary,

I wanted to extend my sincerest thanks for meeting the quick turnaround for the canvas and the girl whose leaving gift it was, loved it!  The whole office was impressed with the quality so and asked where I had it made so I have passed on your details and should they wish to put any of their photos on canvas, I am sure they will be in touch.

Thanks again,



Hi Gary,

The tram scroll arrived on Thursday, it’s fantastic.

Thank you so much for getting it to me so quickly, really appreciate it.

A friend saw it at mine on the weekend and is looking to get one for her boyfriend, so I’ve sent her your website.

Thanks again.

Zoe,Potts Point, NSW, 12th December, 2011


I just received the canvas and am extremely happy with the result.

Thanks so much for your excellent service, both in terms of your willingness to accommodate specific requests and in your speed of delivery.  I’m sure my partner will be thrilled with his Christmas present and it will be the perfect addtion to his newly renovated Coogee apartment.




Hi Gary,

I have just received my Tram Scroll print – it’s perfect and I Love it! I’m really impressed with the speed of delivery, service and competitive price you provided.

I think for once my husband will be completely surprised with his Christmas present!

Kind regards, Michaela

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If you have ever ridden on a bus in Australia, chances are you’ve seen what are known as bus destination blinds. As the name implies, this is a special type of bus sign that details the various locations and stops that are along a particular route. Such information is useful for travelers that want to make sure they are headed in the right direction. While such a sight is not common in the United States, this invention has actually been around for quite some time.

From the 1920s to the 1960s, bus blinds were heavily used and came in a variety of different font sizes and styles. Also known as a destination roll, these blinds were very long in length in order to accommodate the various cities and other destinations listed on a particular route. The most common or popular stops were often displayed in much larger sized font, which made it more eye catching to passengers.

These days reproduction and original bus destination blinds are increasingly a very popular gift item, especially for those that are into collecting vintage products. The demand for such items is so huge in some parts of the world that there are even online businesses that specialize in providing custom bus blinds. Customers have the option of choosing a destination roll that is either replicated in the vintage, traditional style or purchasing a more modern version. The choices available mainly vary from company to company. These customisation companies can even reproduce bus signs that appear to be weathered and aged by using a method that shows the actual individual cotton fibers the sign is made of. The main source of material used is 100% cotton canvas for the best quality, although there are others that offer this item in plastic or poly-cotton. Of course the cheaper the material is, the less likely it is to stand the test of time.

People that are interested in ordering their own custom tram and bus rolls as a gift or to add to their collection can do a basic online search for these types of companies. The official websites will provide customers with all of the information they need to know in terms of pricing, delivery options and product selection.

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Catch a steam tram to Balmain – at last!

For the surveyors it was no easy task to plot a route winding up from the harbour foreshore. Cable haulage had been considered; so had the alternative of an isolated line running inland from one of the wharves. Neither solution was favoured, while the government continued to baulk at the cost of ascending Rozelle hill.

Ferries had been sailing to the Darling Street and Annandale jetties for a number of years; sawmills, tanneries and Morts Dock led to a busy Balmain packed with working class houses – and with the usual infrastructure of pubs, churches and corner stores. But unless you wanted to walk or go by horse, ferry to the city was the only connection.

The local campaigns for a tramway to the Balmain – Rozelle peninsula won the day with the turn of the 1890s; in the face of rapid commercial and residential development, the Government agreed that the Balmain line could no longer be kept in the ‘too hard’ tray.

In conquering the harbourside grades, the track had to be taken through private land. Matilda Symons was one of those who, presumably, profited by the coming of steam, receiving £1696 on 11 May, 1891 for the resumption of her property.

Like the Moore Park route, the Balmain line was distinctive in having a considerable length laid railway style, separate from the roads. From Forest Lodge terminus, the new line ran down Wigram Road to Lillie Bridge Racecourse (later Harold Park) which had a siding for race day traffic, then by a truss bridge crossing the open swamp at Johnston’s Creek.

By the mangroves at the reclaimed edge of Rozelle Bay, it swung across Johnston Street to run close to the cliff face before entering a causeway which, at the half way point, contained a stop for the Gordon Street wharf of the Annandale ferry. Next came the supreme challenge of Rozelle hill, negotiated via a lengthy, winding climb. To maintain the grade at a maximum l-in-17, it was necessary to leave Gordon Street and make a loop on a separate right-of-way across resumed land before emerging into Weston Road, which was followed until Darling Street. On relatively level going it reached the terminus at Gladstone Park, which had a loop and water crane.

The Balmain tram began on 24 October 1892, making a 45 minute journey of 5 miles (8 km) from Bridge Street for the price of a fourpenny fare. (The section from Forest Lodge to Rozelle had been opened on 2 May 1892) On the way to Balmain, thirsty motors could water at Forest Lodge and take coke from a truck placed in the Wigram Road siding. The Rozelle hill dictated that two-car trams were the maximum allowed, though at holidays three cars could be run with the assistance of a push-up motor from Johnston Street. Special trams also catered for the racecourse traffic to Lillie Creek.

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Ø  Indicating colours, Paddington (Queen Street), red with white centre. Waverley, red. Bondi, white with red centre.

Ø  Fares, Paddington and Bondi Junction, 2d. Waverley, 3d. Bondi 3d.

Ø  Trams, Paddington and Bondi Junction, about every 5 to 10 minutes. Waverley, about every 25 minutes. Bondi Beach, about every half-hour.

Ø  Last trams from Bent Street, Paddington and Waverley 11.20 p.m; Bondi, 11.10 p.m.

Ø  Time of journey, Paddington, 23 minutes; Bondi Junction, 29 minutes; Waverley, 39 minutes; Bondi Beach, 42 minutes.

This route is the same as that for Randwick as far as Darlinghurst, where the latter line branches to the right. The line to Paddington keeps straight on past the front of the Darlinghurst Court house, seen on the left, and soon after the foot of Barrack Hill is reached. This is so called from the Victoria Barracks, which line its ascent on the right, until at the summit of the hill the tram stops in front of the Paddington Town Hall, a fine structure, which, from its elevated position, is visible for miles from many parts of the city and Harbour. Continuing, the line still ascends, passing always through a double line of business premises of a thriving character, several fine places of worship of various denominations being passed on the right until Queen Street is reached. At this spot is the main entrance to the Centennial Park, on the right, a fine view of which is seen from the tram immediately Queen Street, the terminus of the Paddington trams, is left behind. This magnificent pleasure ground covers just over one square mile, and is beautifully laid out, the skill of the landscape gardener being greatly assisted by the large lakes formed by draining swamps at one time part of the source of Sydney’s water supply. Considering that the park was only dedicated on Anniversary Day, 1888, by Governor Carrington, the transformation from the scrubby waste it then was to its present attractive appearance is wonderful. The dedication of this Park was due to the efforts of the late Sir Henry Parkes, to whose memory it will be an everlasting and eloquent monument.

The tram line skirts the northern boundary of the Park, and the view from the tram to the right is a particularly fine one. The elevation is very high, and one looks forth across the beautiful Park over the Randwick Racecourse, Kensington, and the long stretch of undulating scrub-covered sandhills to Botany Bay. Beyond this are wooded hills rising to the skyline, and more to the right the populous Illawarra suburbs. On a clear day, certainly, a lovely prospect. Before leaving the outskirts of the Park a large reservoir is passed, whence issues the greater part of the elevated water supply of the city, the water having first been forced up to this elevation. To the left one obtains vistas down the well-kept villa-lined streets of the fashionable suburb of Woollahra. The tram again enters a busy thoroughfare, Waverley Road, and passes between business premises to the end of the second section at the Bondi Junction; or, as it is otherwise known, the Tea Gardens.

From Bondi Junction the line to Waverley turns sharply to the right along Cowper Street and proceeds to the terminus at the Waverley Cemetery. The Cemetery at Waverley is well worth a visit, being undoubtedly the most pleasantly situated God’s acre of the city and suburbs. It falls gradually from the entrance down towards the seashore, and the rising sun which it faces, the broad Pacific stretching out to the horizon beyond.

If, instead of turning off to Waverley, the journey be continued past Bondi Junction by means of the Bondi tram, the line will shortly turn sharply to the right, and, after rising a slight hill, proceed down a straight road towards the ocean, which appears stretched away in blue immensity at the foot of the hill. The line passes many very fine and comfortable residences, until, after making a sudden turn to the right, the ocean appears close underneath, and the Aquarium is reached. Down through a steep, rocky cutting, and the tram emerges alongside the Little Bondi Beach reserve, close to the water’s edge, and in full view of the beautiful Bondi Beach, which stretches away to the north, where its sweep is checked by a line of cliffs, marked on the outer edge by the rugged headland known as Ben Buckler. At the southern end of the bay, at the tram terminus, is a picturesque rocky nook, where one may sit in shade, while the whole stretch of the bay affords unlimited opportunities for paddling, fully availed of, by juveniles particularly, on a holiday. A very large swimming bath is also situated right of the terminus. The Bay is, at the same time, a great place for sharks during the season, and some exciting sport in the way of shark fishing can be witnessed almost any night during the hot months, when the sharks come inshore after the migratory salmon.

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Though many travellers suspected something nasty was happening on the trams, the evidence produced at a Royal Commission into the illicit ticket trade soon had Sydney citizens gasping, and running for their morning newspapers asking ‘what next!’

A piece of underhand doggerel that went ‘One ping for the Department, Two pings for me …’ described how certain conductors were fiddling the books, for each ‘ping’ made on their bell recorders indicated when a fare or a ticket was taken.

The rule went much as was sung in an Auckland tramways ditty –

Punch, brothers, punch with care.

Punch in the presence of the passengaire.

However, dishonesty found fertile ground in the old practice of selling tramway tickets at certain booths and shops, while the conductor’s role was to take the ticket, ring it up and then destroy it. Evidence heard at the Royal Commission of 16 August disclosed that certain unscrupulous conductors were retaining the collected tickets and reselling them to various shady blackmarket middle men. While a ticket might be worth twopence or threepence, perhaps by interfering with the bell punch innards only one penny would be registered to find its way into Government revenue.

We have had to deal with a number of witnesses of a highly unsatisfactory class’, said Mr Richardson, President of the Commission of Inquiry. ‘The conductors’ bell registers have been tampered with by manipulation of the spring inside the register’.

Mr Richardson noted that the Sydney steam trams at certain times of the day, were probably more overcrowded than those of any other system to be met with elsewhere, which made it easier for a crooked conductor to mask the operation of his bell recorder amid scenes of crush and confusion.

He continued: ‘People are jumping on and off trams. Selling 10/- worth of tickets for 7/6d. One man had 5000 tickets in his bag …’.

Pietro Gaspardo alleged that Messrs Pappadocci and Masoora, who ran an oyster shop at the corner of Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets, had been carrying on a large traffic in second-hand tickets, defrauding the colonial government out of thousands of pounds of revenue.

No wonder that people asked how the shopkeepers could take such well funded holidays back to their native Athens.

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Steam Tram Rescue!

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This article is from a book called  ‘Juggernaut’, by David Burke’ and relates an incident in which a steam tram resuces people duringa  heavy flood in Sydney.

A steam tram came to the rescue in Sydney’s mammoth floods of May, 1889 when railways and street transport were almost at a standstill.

The downpour began on Friday, 24 May and by next morning rain was falling at the rate of six inches an hour. As Sunday dawned, an emergency had arisen in the low-lying Tramvale Estate bordering Victoria Road Sydenham where, since midnight, residents had been trying to protect their houses.

The motor and single car which made the 7 a.m. trip along Victoria Road on the way to Marrickville terminus ploughed through water a hand’s span deep. A much more desperate scene awaited the return of the first Sunday morning service. In that short time a swirling, muddy torrent had begun to inundate the Estate settlement which a developer had built on ground surrounded by the partly drained Gumbramorra swamp.

Forced to abandon their homes, people clutching small children and a few possessions made for the roadway at the sight of an approaching steam tram. Soon it was packed with some seventy families fleeing for their lives and nowhere else to go.

Before them, the driver watched a wall of water surging across the tracks. His choice was to hope that the level would drop rather than keep on rising or, worse, if he moved, that they could be stranded in the middle of the flood. But behind him came the urging of passengers beginning to suffer from exposure, the sound of crying babies and the sobbing of women and children clad in sodden clothes.

The whistle sounded, the throttle opened, and the Baldwin motor dashed forward, sending out a mighty bow wave that might well return to engulf them. Wreathed in steam, the tram battled ahead, water washing over the firebox grate until, across the danger point at the Victoria Road bridge, they coasted to a halt in safety at the foot of Enmore hill. By now the fire was extinguished, the brakes inoperative, but seventy chilled and shivering families were within reach of succour.

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This article is all about the Randwick & Coogee tram lines of old and starts off with some miscellaneous information about the lines.

Ø  Indicating colour: green

Ø  Fare: 3d.

Ø  Trams about every 20 minutes

Ø  Last tram from Bent-street: 11.25 p.m.

Ø  Time of journey: Randwick, 30 minutes; Coogee, 40 minutes.

This line follows the steam route from Bent Street as far as Liverpool Street, where it turns sharp to the left, still skirting Hyde Park until it turns into Oxford Street. Oxford Street, especially in this lower portion, is an exceedingly busy thoroughfare, and, being somewhat narrow, the traffic at times is very congested. The line traverses between a double row of shops of a good class, until the top of the first hill is reached at Darlinghurst. Passing along Flinders Street, the line enters Moore Park.

To the left, will be seen the pavilions of the Sydney Cricket Ground, the scene of many an historic international and intercolonial cricket and football match, and generally conceded to be the best appointed ground of its kind in the world. A fine cycle track surrounds the oval. Immediately beyond, and adjoining, is the Royal Agricultural Society’s Ground which is the scene every Easter of an immense exhibition of agricultural products, livestock, and machinery. Opposite, on the right-hand side, is the Zoological Garden. It contains a splendid collection of animals and birds, and is, besides, most attractively laid out, and is, naturally, a very favourite resort for visitors and family parties.

The tram continues through Moore Park until on the left hand side, the presence of a small lagoon close to the track denotes that the tram is now skirting the Centennial Park, across which some nice views are had. On the right, Kensington platform is soon reached, and this pretty suburb is seen stretching away to the distance. Shordy before reaching this, however, a branch line will have been noticed leading off to the right. This is the extension to Kensington racecourse and the Rifle Butts, and on big meeting days the tram drops competitors down right on the ground.

The next stoppage after Kensington is the racecourse. Randwick, as most visitors to Sydney will be aware, is the principal racecourse of the colony, beautifully appointed and kept up. Another entrance to the Centennial Park is now passed on the left, and the tram then passes the tramway workshops. Here repairs are effected to the steam motors, and tram cars are repaired and kept in order. When rising the hill after this a fine view is had right over the racecourse, and away out to Botany. Randwick is entered at Alison Road. A walk round this beautiful suburb will disclose many fine residences and extensive views in all directions. A cross-country tram may be taken at Alison Road which goes across to Waverley and Bondi, fare 2d.

The trip to Coogee, however, must not be overlooked. This is gained by a continuation of the Randwick line, which after running through Randwick, passing the large school for Destitute Children on right, descends the hill to the charming Coogee Bay, the distant glimpses of the blue ocean being very inviting. Arrived at the Bay the visitor has the choice of attractions. There is a well-kept aquarium and grounds, with enclosed swimming bath. There are also on the two points of the bay fine swimming baths hewn out of the rock, that on the north end being for gentlemen, and the one on the southern for ladies. A small fee is made for the use of either. There are small reserves or parks at either end of the bay, and there is a beautiful beach on which to sit and watch the rollers or paddle at will.

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Sydney, with its Suburbs, is so diversified and extensive that a stranger would be at a loss as to the method he should adopt to obtain a fairly comprehensive idea of its extent and many beauties, particularly if the time at his disposal were limited. Fortunately, the Sydney tramway system, having branches in all directions, affords a means of making a rapid survey of many of the principal suburbs at once convenient, expeditious, and economical. This pocket guide is now issued with the view of indicating in a brief manner the routes traversed by the different lines, with some of the walks and connecting trips that may be made.

The destination of trams is printed on boards in front of motor and on sides of cars. The motors also carry in front indicating coloured flags, with corresponding coloured lamps at night. Thus a Glebe Point tram exhibits a sign with two red circles by day, and carries two red lights at night.

Crown Street

Ø  Indicating colour: Two white circles

Ø  Fare: 2d.

Ø  Trams every 12 minutes

Ø  Last tram from Bent-street: 11.23 p.m.

Ø  Time of journey: 19 minutes

This line follows the steam route from Bent-Street to Liverpool Street, where it turns round to the left, with Hyde Park on the left until turning into Oxford Street. Two stoppages up and the line branches off into Crown Street on the right, which it follows for a distance of nearly a mile to its junction with the Cleveland Street line. Turning into Cleveland Street, on the left, the tram continues a little distance to Dowling Street, which borders Moore Park. Its journey here terminates, and the tram returns to Bent Street. The journey does not call for any particular mention, although the reservoir and pumping station for large portion of Sydney water supply, on right hand side after passing Campbell Street, will prob

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This is a little verse that featured in the Sydney Punch magazine  about steam trams on 26 May 1883;

As it fell upon a day,

In this wintry month of May, Sitting in judicial court,

A merry Judge, and fond of sport,

With two lesser lights agreed,

And pronounced what laws decreed!

‘The law in Toohey versus Queen,

By me is very clearly seen;

And their Honors both concur

In the rule, without demur,

We find, in ancient times ’twas writ,

A highway, Oxford Street, to wit,

Was but a public road, a course

Which might be used by man or horse.

It too makes mention of an ass

To enter, exit, pass, repass;

But to us it does not seem

That people ever thought of steam,

It was unknown, we take it so –

Sine prejudicio.

Altho’ while sitting here we choke

With this illegal engine smoke,

And the fearful noise and rumble,

Whistling, ringing, all a jumble,

We are Honors not – divided –

But against the Queen decided.

Give complainant what she claims,

And stop at once these noisy trams.’

The Premier, frightened into fits,

Has since been served with fifty writs;

Each Barrister receives his brief,

The law thanks Justice and her Chief;

While Cohen dreams the entire nation

Is ruined with tram litigation.

Members are summoned to attend,

And public Ways and Means defend;

So PUNCH expects abuse invective,

As the work is retrospective,

Questions, Motions and Replies

Order, Chair, and Noes and Ayes;

Days and nights of toil and trouble,

A tramway Act will end the bubble.

But PUNCH, pro bono, here will venture,

On one to call down public censure;

Let him who introduced the Bill,

Say why his task he didn’t fill? ‘

Tis certainly a sad mishap,

Tho’ no fault of our old Goodchap.

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Ø Indicating colours: White and green

Ø Fares: To Redfern, Alexandria, and Waterloo, 2d. to Botany terminus, 4d

Ø Trams: For Redfern, Waterloo, and Bay Street, about every 15 minutes. For Botany, 7 minutes past each hour

Ø Last tram from Bent Street: 11.22 p.m.

Ø Time of journey: to Waterloo, 27 minutes; to Bay Street, 44 minutes; through journey, 59 minutes


The route for these suburbs is the same as that for the Western steam lines as far as the Railway Gates. Here the line turns sharply to the left into Cleveland Street, passing on the left the Benevolent Asylum, with the main entrance to the station on the right, the trams stopping at the subway. Proceeding, the old burial ground is passed on the left, wearing a very neglected appearance; to the right is the large railway produce shed, and, abutting on the roadway, the fine building of the Railway Institute. Turning to the right, the line skirts the Prince Alfred Park on the right, and the large Exhibition building will attract attention standing in the near corner.

The Redfern line scenery does not call for special mention until the lower level is reached, when it opens out, and one passes numerous and large market gardens. Across them, to the right, can be seen the stacks of the St. Peters brick works. Passing through North Botany, presently a bridge across a reed-banked lagoon is crossed. This is known as the Waterworks, and not so many years ago formed the main source of Sydney’s water supply, the swamps draining down here from as far north as the spot where now stands the Centennial Park, and being pumped up to the city reservoirs from the pumping station, which is seen to the right of the bridge, its tall stack rising from a clump of fine pine and other trees.

At Bay Street the line approaches the shores of the Bay, and runs through Botany proper. To the left a wide view is obtained over undulating sandhills past Kensington and away to Randwick, while on the right glimpses of the Bay appear through the trees. The Bay soon appears in full sight, and though the tram runs some little distance further the visitor should alight at the pier and walk to its head, several hundred yards out in the Bay.

Here a splendid view of the whole Bay is obtained, sweeping round from the Heads in an almost circular sheet some six miles in diameter. To the right can be seen the whole stretch of Lady Robinson’s Beach together with the populous Illawarra suburbs that fringe the Bay and rise to the hills behind. To the left is the entrance to the Bay, and the broad Pacific lies beyond. From the Northern Head a bold jutting prominence is seen; this is Bare Island, and strongly fortified in case an

enemy, instead of trying to effect an entrance to Sydney through its front gate, might be so minded as to try the back entrance via Botany Bay. On the inside of the Southern Head at Kurnell an obelisk can be plainly discerned, which marks the spot where the great navigator, Captain Cook, the first European to set foot on the Eastern shores of Australia, landed from the ‘Endeavour’.

Botany is not a line where the visitor will be impressed by any architectural pretensions of the majority of houses along the route. It is essentially a business district, and of many businesses not at all of an aesthetic nature, such as glue works, soap and boiling down works, tanneries, wool scouring establishments, and such like, but even if the breezes are not at all times exactly reminiscent of Araby, the trip to the historic Bay is one that should be undertaken by the visitor.

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Laying the Ghost

November 26, 2010 by

The ghost of Isaac Nathan still haunted the streets of Sydney.

Isaac was riding home upon the horse tram on the evening of 16 January, 1864. The tram reached his stop at the corner of Pitt and Goulburn streets, where Isaac prepared to alight. His foot somehow caught in the step, the tram moved off and in a trice he was crushed to death beneath the wheels of the heavy saloon car known as Young Australia.

The demise of Australia’s finest musician; the man who had played and composed for George IV; who brought a whiff of artistic excellence to a colony barely 20 years out of convict transportation, was enough to drive the final nail into the coffin (to mix metaphors) of allowing a tramway to run through the streets of Sydney.

Already the Pitt Street horse tram had been suffering the depths of unpopularity, hated by shopkeepers for the turmoil it caused in front of their doors, condemned by those who rode or drove horses over the rails projecting dangerously above the pavement.  No matter that it had begun in 1861 with the admirable purpose of connecting the Semi Circular Quay with Redfern railway terminus. After an existence of but five years, it was banished, the line ripped up, the saloon cars sent to the railway, the staff returned to the victorious horse omnibuses that provided an uncomfortable yet more acceptable brand of transportation for the city’s travellers.

Never again, they vowed, would another tram clutter the streets of Sydney! Never again, that is, until September 1879 when in a flurry of smoke and shrill whistle, Sydney entered upon the age of the steam tram. Twenty tumultuous years of urban transportation lay ahead, during which time Sydney would claim to have the world’s largest steam tramway network.

Rivalry with gold-rich Melbourne lay behind the change of mind that brought the tram back to Sydney. In the desire to outsmart ‘Marvellous Melbourne’, hurried arrangements were made to host an International Exhibition housed in an opulent Garden Palace located in the Botanic Gardens. No matter that certain sceptics questioned such extravagance – that Melbourne planned a similar exhibition the following year was reason enough. The great International Exhibition took shape just a cooee-call from where the First Fleet and its convicts had landed 91 years before.

Between Redfern railway terminus and the Garden Palace lay a gap of about a mile and a half (2.4 km). With a capacity for 15 passengers, the lumbering horse omnibuses, especially in climbing the Goulburn Street hill, would be hard pressed to carry a couple of hundred, let alone thousands to the Exhibition each day. What was needed was a street tramway. Forget horses – it would have to be steam.

The debate over who would run the tram had already been settled.  Not the omnibus owners (even though they embraced ‘tramway’ in their company name) but, by popular demand, the government. Parliament passed the required legislation on 13 March 1879.  Soon after, day labour gangs organised by the railway department began digging the permanent way behind Christ Church St Laurence. They had just six months until the Exhibition opened.

The route was kept well clear of the hostile shopkeepers in Pitt Street. Instead, the line led from the railway at Devonshire Street, across Belmore Park and along Elizabeth Street to a terminus at Hunter Street corner, with the Garden Palace only a short walk away. A ticket office, managed by James Roberts, was installed at Temple Court in Elizabeth Street, with separate waiting rooms for men and women, ‘and every convenience is to be found in each, including lavatory, mirror, filter, etc, both apartments having quite a superior look.’

Once the decision had been taken to use steam traction, the only company capable of filling an order within six months lay at the other end of the world; not with the British builders who dominated the colonial railway market hitherto, but the Baldwin Company of Philadelphia, where engines were turned out at the rate of almost 100 every month.  The carriages, too, would be American – double-deckers from New York, ungainly to the eye but with seating for 90 passengers, 30 of them on the canvas-roofed upper deck.

By August, Ove Gjedsted, the Danish engineer in charge and his foreman track layer, John Paton had the line true to gauge – 4 ft  8 ½ in, (1435 mm), the same as the railways – and ready for test. The first trams operated on 16 September; not by steam, unfortunately, as the ‘motors’ were still under assembly in the railway workshops, but using a team of four horses hauling two single-deck saloon cars built locally by Hudson Brothers of Regent Street.

In a reminder of the bad old days – or perhaps a harbinger of things to come – a frightened horse collided with one of the saloon cars on the first day of operation. The Sydney Morning Herald reported ‘The cart horse hit the front rail of the vehicle, bending it, and bled a great deal’.

After a test run on 23 September, steam was ready to take over from horse traction and commenced carrying, on a 12-minute ride, the multitude who were beginning to arrive from the suburbs and countryside to visit the mammoth Garden Palace. By the month’s end, the steam motors had taken over completely, running up to 36 trips, or an average of 4182 passengers each day for a 3d cash fare, or 2d for prepaid tickets bought from the ticket office. The first day of the Exhibition set the pattern – crowded steam trams, ‘but the horse buses were deserted’.

Yet the horse omnibus proprietors believed they had no real competition. The tramway, though it had cost £22 269, would be used for six months only (they had the government’s word) and at the close of the Exhibition the whole affair would be pulled up, the little motors and their cars locked away. And Mr Whitton, the Engineer-in-Chief, would probably continue with his frustrated campaign to extend the railway from Redfern to Hyde Park.

Public opinion was the one factor that the horse companies underestimated. Sydney’s population had risen to 210,000; and of these 120,000 were living in the surrounding suburbs. Within two months, deputations from these ‘outer regions’ were visiting Macquarie Street, seeking an extension of the trams. The bus operators decided to retaliate with a lottery, using the numbers appearing on each ticket. But printing the tickets cost more than the added patronage provided and the initiative failed. Hercules himself could not stem the public clamour for more tramways. People realised now that they could really move about. They could commute. They could escape the city!

The Evening News of 6 October reported a petition signed by Surry Hills residents ‘praying that the government would immediately take steps to extend the tramway in their direction…’ And just a week later, a deputation to the Secretary (Minister) for Works urged him to make a tramway to Randwick racecourse. On 25 November a meeting at Waverley called for an extension of the tramway to serve the eastern suburbs.

Around the streets the delivery boys and housemaids were singing a little ditty, from Sydney Punch of 30 August:

“That we from Redfern station

ne’er should travel more by bus.

But that the ‘Circular’ should

be our terminus.”

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The American Connection

Edward Loughry was only twenty-four when his employer, the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, sent him across half the world to bring the first steam trams to Sydney. With a cargo of four small locomotives (‘steam motors’) and six double- deck carriages, he sailed aboard SS Dryad from New York harbour on 15 May 1879. Awaiting his arrival was the new tramway that the railways were hurriedly completing to carry passengers from Redfern station to the magnificent International Exhibition in the Botanic Gardens, due to open on 17 September.

Loughry reached Sydney with his cargo on 3 September, but because of bad weather he had to wait another week before Dryad’s unloading could start. Within two weeks he was close to having the new locomotion up and running, though horse cars were used initially. The first steam tram, with Loughry at the throttle, set out on 23 September and six days later the regular service began. Over the next three- and-a-half months a total of 443,000 people travelled by steam tram to the grand Garden Palace Pavilion.

Some say the ‘Americanisation’ of Sydney dated from Loughry’s arrival with the Baldwin trams. A Sydney Mail report of 18 October 1879 described his part in an experiment to test steam’s pulling power up the grade between Campbell and Liverpool Streets.

The driver of No. 3 motor, Mr E.A. Loughry (who came with the machinery from the States), however was fully confident that there was sufficient power to draw four or five cars, and to test the matter he was allowed yesterday to attach three cars to the engine in his charge. At half- past 10, the three cars were coupled, and as the number of passengers was insufficient to fill more than one carriage, the conductor, Mr Bolton, offered to the crowd of small boys that the tramway still attracts to the terminus, the glory of a free ride to Hunter-Street and back. The cars were then fairly loaded, and a start was made, the motor dragging the three cars with quite as much ease as one.

A severe trial of the tractive power occurred at Goulburn Street when the cars were brought to a standstill to admit a few passengers; but in the starting again there was not the slightest difficulty. The tram moved off with as much apparent ease as if the ground had been perfectly level, and, as the steam pressure was not more than one half of what the engine is constructed to bear, and moreover, as nothing like the full speed of the motor was used, it was quite evident that at least six heavily laden cars were fully within the compass of the motor, even taking into account the sharp curves and the steepness of the gradient.

One thing was especially noteworthy – the ease and rapidity with which the cars were brought to a standstill. When at full speed, it seemed to require little more than three or four feet to bring the tram to a sudden stop. Coming down the gradient at a very rapid rate, the driver stopped the cars so suddenly that from the time he shut off the steam till they were motionless, the space covered could not exceed seven feet. This is owing to the use of the atmospheric pressure break, worked by steam, and affords the most reliable evidence of the safety with which our streets may be traversed by the tramways. A very large number of persons, assembled along the route to and from Hunter Street, were attracted by the novelty of the spectacle; and several members of the Legislature beamed approval from the side walks.

To the young engineman from Bellfonte, Pennsylvania was entrusted the entire mechanical operation of the tramway, his official post being that of shed foreman on 15s a day. In his charge were the four 12-tonne motors costing £860 each, plus the six carriages and spare parts, totalling another £3107. In later years, he recalled for the NSW Railway and Tramway Magazine how the early steam trams had met with:

– considerable obstruction from the public, who controlled vehicular traffic, and had little sympathy from the press, excepting one evening paper. The police also hesitated to interfere when obstruction occurred. It was not an unusual experience for trams to be stopped for a considerable time because of a horse vehicle obstructing the line, and very often the motor driver would have to leave his motor, take the horse by the head and lead him off the line. As time rolled on, this opposition died out.

In those years, the railways department owned and operated the system.  After a couple of months the Secretary for Railways decided to make redundant the 40 men working on the tramway because they were not official railway employees, to which Loughry replied: ‘If they go, I go, too.’  Commissioner Goodchap, on hearing of the young American’s stand, directed that all the men should be inducted into regular railway ranks.

Another crisis arose when six additional motors required to handle the new Randwick line’s gala race meeting on 4 September 1880 were still upon the high seas. Probably remembering the frustration with his own voyage, Loughry cabled New Zealand and directed that all packing cases containing the motors and parts – about one hundred in number – were to be lifted on deck for the arrival in Sydney. Three days before the races the Royal Mail steamer docked in Sydney Cove; at dawn next day the cases were hauled to Pitt Street shed, where a squad of railway mechanics awaited Loughry’s orders.

Though Loughry resigned in November 1880 to return to the Baldwin Company, his next assignment brought him back to Australia. For nine months he was based in Adelaide supervising the assembly and testing of the first American locomotives purchased by the South Australian Railways.

The sight and sounds of the iron horse always seemed to be part of Loughry’s life. The son of an American engineman, his career began in 1869 as a fourteen-year-old messenger (‘callboy’) for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. After gaining an apprentice­ship at the Baldwin works, he joined the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad and from fireman graduated to locomotive driver – ‘engineer’ to use the American term. He drove for the Philadelphia and Reading company, but after another year received an offer to move back to Baldwin as a travelling locomotive engineer, overseeing the introduction of the company’s huge locomotive output among railways around the world.

But Sydney called him back. In October 1881, Loughry and his brother Jim, who was also an engineman, wed the two Locke sisters, Mary and Therese at St Francis’ Church, O’Connell Plains, near Bathurst. After a spell as a manager of Thomas Wearne’s engineering works at Glebe, which held steam tram contracts, Loughry rejoined the New South Wales Railways and Tramways in November 1883 as a travelling locomotive inspector and retired in 1919 as an Outdoor Superintendent. He died in Sydney at the age of 85 in 1941..

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The first buses in Sydney and Melbourne began operating in 1905. These were steam powered, but were not successful due to high operating costs and the unsuitability roads. Hobart introduced double-deck buses in the same year but they too were withdrawn. A number of servicemen returning from the First World War purchased petrol motorbuses and operated them privately in competition with government trams and trains. The various state governments tried to put an end to private motorbus operators and in 1931 regulations were introduced in NSW to discourage direct competition on routes already serviced by trams and trains. However, regular non-government bus services continued to be introduced in city areas not covered by public services, in country towns and between larger townships in the 1930s. The use of buses to carry school children also began at this time. Tasmania revolutionised rural education in Australia in 1936 with the adoption of a central school system replacing isolated one-teacher schools, a development only made possible by the use of private buses to transport the students.

By the early 1930s the NSW government had decided the future lay with buses not trams and the first government bus service commenced in Sydney in 1932 from Manly to Cremorne Junction. The early double-deck buses were of the short wheel-base, front-engine half-cab design. Underfloor-engined buses were introduced in volume from 1954 and today most government and private operators use either centre or rear-mounted engines. A long-running union dispute from the early 1970s led to the demise of double-deck buses in NSW when the state government decided it no longer required conductors, resulting in the present policy of operating only single-deck buses. The last of the rear platform double-deckers had left Sydney’s streets by 1977 while the Leyland Atlanteans finished in 1986. Difficulty in obtaining spare parts for the Leylands saw the government change to the Mercedes-Benz MKII; between 1978 and 1980, a total of 550 were ordered, still the largest bus order in Australia. (Even by 2004 more than 200 remained in service, this being a very robust vehicle.)

By the late 1980s Sydney had the largest Mercedes bus fleet in the world comprising approximately 1500 vehicles.

By the 1970s the internal combustion engine bus running on pneumatic rubber tyres had become the most widespread form of urban street transport in Australia. Articulated single-deck buses (‘bendy buses’) were introduced from the mid 1970s, appearing in Canberra. Compressed natural gas (CNG) has been used as an alternative to fuel for government buses, introduced on a trial basis in Sydney in 1992 and in Canberra in 1993. These produce about 25 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than diesel Buses. By 2003 some 23 per cent of the NSW State Transit fleet of almost 1900 buses powered by natural gas. The future of buses sharing the crowded roads with cars continues to be a problem and in some cities, bus-only lanes have been established during peak periods. In Adelaide the O-Bahn busway, operating on a dedicated guided pathway which provides faster, uninterrupted transport, was introduced in 1986.   A bus transit way was opened in Sydney from Liverpool to Parramatta in 2003 with 35 specially built stations, 21 km of off-road lanes and 10 km of on-road lanes.

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Trolley buses looked like ordinary motorbuses on rubber wheels except that, like trams, they operated on electricity and were connected to overhead wires by a pair of trolley poles. Unlike trams they were quiet, not confined to tracks, could move from lane to lane in traffic and pick up passengers from the kerb rather than the middle of the road. Nevertheless, trolley buses were considered to be trams, were worked by tram crews, issued tram tickets and never carried motor vehicle registration. They acquired the nickname ‘whispering death’ because being electrically driven on pneumatic tyres they crept up on unwary passengers and pedestrians alike.

Australia’s first trolley bus service began in east Perth in 1933. Early experiments with trolley buses had begun in Adelaide in the late 1920s and during the early 1930s an extensive system was developed there that survived until the 1960s. Sydney’s first trolley bus service began in 1934, running from the city to Potts Point, and it was anticipated that they would take over from the trams. The service initially suffered from ‘de-wiring’ problems over the hilly terrain, and during road repairs in 1948 they were ‘temporarily replaced by diesel buses, never to be reinstated. In 1937 another trolley bus service from Rockdale station to Kogarah, Sans Souci and Sandringham replaced the last government- operated steam trams in Sydney. The 21 trolley buses for this service, which ceased in 1959, were the largest double-deck vehicles in Australia and seated 63 passengers with front and rear doors and staircases. Trolley buses also operated in Perth, Brisbane and Launceston in Tasmania until the 1960s. They were secondary to trams in Australia and all systems were eventually taken over by diesel buses.

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More than any other form of urban public transport, the tram allowed Australian cities to spread out beyond their inner suburbs. In only 30 years Australia’s trams progressed from horse, steam and cable to electric traction. The first trams in Australia were hauled by horses. A horse could pull a greater load over a smooth track and give passengers a more comfortable ride than in a horse bus. The first horse trams (also known as horse cars) to operate in Sydney began in 1861. They were pulled by four horses and operated along Pitt Street. With low floors they were easy to access, and held 30 passengers inside and another 30 on the roof, reached by an iron ladder. Unfortunately the tram rails were laid on the surface of the road instead of being recessed causing numerous accidents among other horse- drawn vehicles crossing the tracks. Following the death of a prominent citizen in a tramway accident, the unpopular service was withdrawn in 1866.

Only Adelaide and Brisbane developed horse tramways on a large scale. They operated successfully in Adelaide from 1878 where they replaced horse buses and continued in use until electric trams replaced them in 1909. The flat plain on which the city is constructed lent itself to this form of transport. Drivers had to be at least 17 years of age and conductors, 12. There were no scheduled stopping places and drivers obligingly picked up and set down passengers wherever they wanted. Lunch buses, which took workers home for a midday meal, did not stop at all and the passengers got on and off as the bus moved along. Light or medium draught horses pulled the horse trams. At steep locations a spare horse was attached to an outrigger on the tram for the duration of the hill. Beginning work at four years of age, horses were retired to the country at seven, where apparently the only way to get them to move on or stand still was to ring a bell!

Horse trams began operating in Brisbane in 1885 but had gone by 1900, replaced by more efficient and profitable electric trams. They were briefly resurrected in Sydney for operation at Newtown in 1894 and Manly in 1903. A horse tramway operated from Victor Harbor, in South Australia, along a causeway to Granite Island from 1894 to 1954 and reopened in 1986 for tourists.

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While Sydney was building its network of state-owned speedy steam trams, Melbourne was developing a private network of sedate cable tramways, regarding Adelaide’s horse trams as old fashioned and Sydney’s steam trams as too dirty. The Melbourne system blanketed the inner city and radiated out in every direction, growing to become the fourth largest network in the world. Sydney only had two cable tram routes on terrain too steep for steam trams at North Sydney and Edgecliff.

A cable tram consisted of two vehicles working together, a leading open tramcar with perimeter seats under a canopy style roof, known as the ‘dummy’ or ‘grip’ car, and an enclosed saloon tram or trailer. The system was powered by a large steam winding engine. The engine’s flywheel hauled an endless steel cable lying beneath the road between the rails in a shallow channel along the tram route.

The Melbourne Tramway & Omnibus Co, under the management of Francis B Clapp, developed a system of about 75 km of double track serving 17 radiating routes with 1200 grip cars and trailers which operated for 55 years from 1885. By 1920 it was carrying 150 million passengers a year. Cable trams were gradually replaced by faster electric trams from 1925.

As one writer with a fondness for cable trams recalls:

The swaying, bucking progress – rather like riding a low slung racing camel – always had something of the funfair about it. Despite the traditional warning cry – Mind the bend!! – little old ladies and frail or befuddled gentlemen were apt to fly off as it lurched around. If the driver (bandit king of the road, missed his grip on the ever-moving cable, or misjudged his speed, the tram baulked and customers piled off to push it round the corner to clamp on the cable again. It was in the dark year of 1940 that I watched the last living cable tram lollop up Bourke Street. I knew with certainty that the world would never be the same again. Melbourne blew it when it stupidly and wantonly did away with its cable trams.

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Customer satisfaction is very important to us and we make sure that everyone of our customers are totally, 100% happy with their destination canvas roll, we focus on providing great quality service from beginning to the end, providing unlimited revisions to the personalised tram roll print design, only printing the scroll when the customer is totally happy with their finished artwork when it is delivered. So many of our customers write to us with their feedback that we feel that we have to share these with our customers and potential customers.


“Gary, my tram scroll arrived yesterday and I am delighted! It looks fantastic! It was packaged well and arrived in perfect condition. Even my husband, who had been a bit dubious, was pleased and immediately got the tools to hang it. Thank you so much for your kindness, quick communications and patience with the many drafts I asked you for. The results have been wonderful. I will be telling my friends about your wonderful service and product.”

Jane, Maryland, NSW, November 2010


“Hi Gary, my tram scroll arrived yesterday!! Yay!! It is lovely and I am very happy. Thank you. I will send you the photo I wanted on canvas as soon as I get hold of a better quality original (my next project).

Cheers Karen, Riverton, WA


Hi Gary

Just a quick note to thank you for the scroll canvas print – It looks fantastic.

We couldn’t believe how quickly it arrived.  We’ll definitely recommend you to our friends.


John & Liz, September 2010


Just got my tram scroll and it looks sensational. Thanks! Ordering off of blue horizon has been great – wonderful customer service from start to finish. Will definately recommend you to others.

Kate West, Como, WA


“Wow, so fast! We received our scroll and we hung it up last night and it looks fab!

thanks for a hassle free ordering process and excellent communication.”

Sandie Davidson, Kellyville, NSW


Just wanted to send you a pic of the tram scroll hanging up. It is in the front hallway, so as soon as you go through the door you see it. And I love it. It looks great – thank you for doing such a great job and being so quick – it completes the house!”

Tanya Blee, NSW


“Just a quick email to say thanks very much for printing the scroll I ordered and sending it so promptly, I have just received it and am very happy with it.”

Michelle Nel, Karratha, WA


“Just thought I would let you know the tram scroll arrived yesterday morning.  Got to have a look when I got home from work last night, looks fabulous, absolutely perfect.

Thanks to you and your staff for a quality product.  If asked where we got it from I will be more than happy to refer anyone on to your business.”

Kerry Sullivan, Edgeworth, NSW


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Gary Klungreseth founder of had seen the original destination scrolls used on old tram and buses around Australia in the 1940’s to 1960’s and had loved their typographic style.  Being a lover of all things monochromatic, the black and white designs cried out to be transformed into modern art pieces.

The site was created soon after with 20 original destination rolls designs for many major Australian cities and popular holiday areas such as Byron Bay. Due to popular demand the collection was soon expanded to include many suburbs of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane along with a number of European and U.S bus scroll designs.

Gary decided there was also a market for a more personalised form of artwork, something that would always mean something special to the buyer or recipient. A customisation service was started there and then allowing people to choose destinations that meant something to them, the choices of ‘destinations’ ranged enormously from places lived, favourite cities around the world, popular pubs, details of their lives such as children’s names and locations they were born, even nursery rhymes were used. The possibilities are endless. Customers can be involved in every aspect of the creation of the scroll from colours, font styles and of course the destinations.

The site now offers 4 different destination scroll designs from the traditional through to their latest modern design called the ‘Modernista’ collection.

With Christmas approaching is gearing up for what they hope will be busy time of year.

Gary Klungreseth

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The London Bus

October 30, 2010 by

The London bus is one of the many icons of the city of London. The bus is synonymous with the feel and look of London and for many is one of the pervading memories of one of the world most famous cities . A miniature London bus is also one of the common souvenirs that are taken home by many of the people who visit the country. There are many amazing reasons for the London bus being very popular in a city that is so huge that people get easily lost in it. When any person thinks of the London bus, there is an image that flashes into the mind. This is of a bright red iconic mode of transport that has been a part of London’s colourful history for over 100 hundred years.

The London bus is probably the only iconic vehicle that is recognized all over the world. Any person who visits London will find the bus is a very normal part of daily existence in the city, in the same way that the Yellow taxi cab is seen by many to represent New York City. The Routemaster is the bus that often captures the imagination of a whole generation. The Routemaster has since been phased out however there are two of these unique buses being used as  tourist or heritage vehicles circling London on the age old routes that have seen London buses since the start of the 1900’s. In spite of the Routemaster buses being phased out, the other buses that ply in this great city are also red and so any person visiting the city will still find these buses to be iconic.

The earliest bus in London was operated in London as early as the year 1829. This service was from Paddington to London and was drawn by horse. The motor buses started to ply the streets of London only in 1902. Over the years, there have been many bus companies that have had various kinds of services. Some of these services have been pooled. The London bus service was mainly under the control of the government until up to the 1980’s, however like many things today, the service was later to become privatized in a bid to cost costs and streamline the service. This paved the way for newer companies to start and operate bus services within London. Bus rolls.

The London bus network criss-crosses all across London. The services are amazing because of the efficiency that is maintained by the staff in running the buses. There are also various night services. Some buses ply 24 hours on select routes. This makes the city to seem to never sleep. These buses are mainly operated in the routes where the train services are not present and they give an additional advantage to the passengers who need to reach an otherwise inaccessible place. The heritage buses are also plying on two routes that take them through the various important sites in London. Bus scrolls.

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Adelaide is one of the few cities that still has a very active tram system. There are various kinds of trams currently operational although there have been a much larger number in the past. The historical H type 367 tram which commenced operation in 1929, the Flexity tram 104 that started operations in the year 2006 and the 203 of the Citadis type which has started operations from the year 2009.

Adelaide is one of the few places in Australia that has a great network of trams. The tram networks were started in Adelaide as early as the year 1878. Initially, there were only horse drawn trams, the precursors to the modern versions. The first electric trams in Adelaide started operating from the year 1909. In spite of the tram lines, the city started depending more and more on buses for their travel needs, over a period of time the bus services replaced those of the tram lines.

In the years gone by, trams were well used because they were mainly used by the daily commuters and also the people who needed to travel as a family for various purposes. The reason for the popularity of the tram network decreasing was the cost involves that became much more after he depression and the wars. The fact that buses was cheaper and versatile made them to become more popular. On the other hand, the popularity of cars also made people to try to use these for their transport needs making the tram network to die a slow and natural death I which on by one, the various tram lines that became less feasible to run were dismantled. The resurgence seems to herald a new era where the trams may become popular once more in Adelaide.

Today there is only one tram line that is still open in Adelaide. This line has three kinds of trams that operate on it, as have been already mentioned. The line runs between Glenelg and the central business district of Adelaide.

The city has been extending the tram network on the single line so that people will be able to use it also as a mode of transport. Before the advent of buses in a huge number, the city of Adelaide used the tram network as the main mode of transport however the tram line is seeing growth after many years and a strong resurgence in popularity. There is speculation of extending the lines to some of the old routes long closed.

Tram Scrolls Australia is the first stop for buying a replica tram and bus scroll, these scrolls were used for displaying the destinations on the buses and trams of old.

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The history of the tram

The history of the tram is quite amazing to track. History says that the first trams were drawn by horses in South Wales in the United Kingdom. The tram service was affectionately known as the Mumbles Railway. With the success of this new concept they progressively spread across to other cities within the UK.The next instance of a regular line was created in the United States where they soon took off.

The precursor to the modern trams was formed around the year 1832. This was started in New York and after the success of the tram, it was also started in other places including New Orleans. The Electrical engines were started to be used the trams with the use of power lines. This was started in the year 1884 in Brighton in England. This can be said to be the best service at that time and was the first instance of a tram that ran on a specified line.

In 1885, the first kind of electric tram that ran on the street was started. This tram in Blackppol, England was unimaginatively called the Blackpool tramway. It is amazingly still operational today considering the fact that it has been more than a century and a half since it was first started.

After this, there were a lot of countries that started using trams as a method of transporting people. Places like Budapest and other parts of Europe started having their system of tram that started becoming more and more popular. With time, this became one of the best and cheapest methods of traveling from one place to another.

Initially, the trams had rails that were on the surface of the road. Since people used to walk on the roads, the accidents that occurred increased. To overcome this problem, a new system of rail was introduced. In this, there were grooved rails that were laid for the trams and they did not hinder the movement of other vehicles or people who were on their feet. The use of electricity to power the trams was the first modern shift from the traditional methods. This has made the trams to grow in size and stature over the years. These days, the evolution seems to be complete with the trams these days being much sleeker and have good functionality. Many cities are now looking to revert back to tram systems after a lot were replaced with what at the time was perceived as superior rail service.

It is worth mentioning that the tram and bus sign art sold on this site is based on the tram and bus signs from around the 1940s onwards where they has long black bus and tram blinds with the distinct white lettering. It was only a matter of time before these pieces of history became desirable artworks.

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A couple of times a week a customer says to us after we call them to confirm their order “Wow! you are really hard to find!, i’ve been searching for your bus roll prints for ages”, I spoke to a women this morning that told me that they had been looking for months for a tram scroll but hadn’t been able to find them and had eventually given up! The only way she found us was by stumbling across a photo of a friend with a bus scroll in the background! This made me realise a couple of things! 1. I need to write an article that covers every possible word that people might type in when looking for a train station print, 2. we need to do more advertising!

What are these things called? Well, they are known by the companies that make them as one of a few names, these include: Tram scrolls and tram rolls, bus scrolls and bus scrolls and bus and tram banners, less frequently they are called destination rolls but also bus line rolls. The actual item from the buses and trams was also often called a bus blind as it is rolled like a blind around a tube then rolled to different destinations depending on the route the bus or tram was covering on the day.

The lovely lady i spoke to today told me she had been searching for ‘train station art, train destination art and train station prints, none of these are words i’d previously used on any marketing so now they are! Please let me know if you also have had problems finding somewhere to buy the bus blinds as we will do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for our customers to purchase a top quality tram scroll at the best possible price.

I might as well mention, we are Australia’s number one choice for premium quality tram and bus scrolls becausde we dont cut corners on quality, we use 100% cotton canvas and the best quality inks meaniong that our tram scrolls look great, feel original and will not fade in direct sunlight unlike some others available in the market!

Contact us today with any questions or to place an order.

Gary Klungreseth, 1300 632 332

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Tram Scrolls press release


Tram Scrolls Australia is pleased to announce that due to popular demand we now offer 3 different styles of Nostalgic Bus scroll Prints and over 50 different designs.

These vintage destination blinds were commonplace in the 1940’s through to 1960’s and were used to display the end-of-the-line on old buses, trams & trains around the world. These recreated scrolls look great and every effort has been paid to keep them looking as genuine as possible.

The Bus / Tram scroll collection add a strong vintage feel to any room with the striking typographic art working well with the strong white on black colour scheme. This modern take on the original vintage tram banners are stylish artworks made with the best products on the market.

The tram and bus rolls are made using 100% cotton canvas to maintain texture then covered in an invisible UV resistant laminate to help protect them against damaging UV rays and general wear and tear. The printed roll is then stretched over a solid timber frame and delivered for FREE anywhere in Australia, ready to hang straight on the wall.

We have been offering 2 distinct styles up to now, our ever popular ‘traditional full-line style’ scroll and the other more modern ‘Centred & underlined’ bus roll style seen in the St Kilda, Melbourne area during the 1950’s. Due to customer demand we have now launched a ‘contemporary style’ bus scroll that has a modern twist on the classic art. This new style has varying size fonts with alternating large and small font lines. In conjunction with this new style launch we are also now offering a variety of other colours aside from the traditional black and white and beige and brown.

Our tram banner canvas print range now includes: Pyrmont to Five Dock, Narrabeen to Manly, Byron Bay to Lennox Head, Watsons Bay to Maroubra, Glenelg to Prospect, Palm Beach to Narrabeen, Cronulla to Como, Geelong to Port ferry, The Spit to Milsons Point, Port Melbourne to Camberwell, Freemantle to North Beach, all stops from Fitzroy, all stops from Bloomsbury Road (London), all stops from Circular Quay, Brisbane, Paris, New York, Chicago, Rome plus the original Bronte Tram route.

These quality Bus route canvas prints can also be made to order using any specification you require, we can print any size and any shape with any destinations required. To customize a Tram blind print just email us on or call us on 1300 632 332.

Tram Scrolls Australia

Gary Klungreseth

1300 632 332

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At Tram Scrolls Australia we do everything we can to keep our customers happy and coming back.  From last week we

have now added FREE SHIPPING of all tram  and bus rolls ANYWHERE in the country. This means that not only do we offer the best prices on our tram and bus sign art we also make these prices even better by offering free delivery! Compare our prices and quality with any other printer in Australia and we have no doubt that you will buy from us.

We offer more choices of tram and bus scroll designs than any other printing company, plus we only charge $30 for our customers to create their own personalised canvas prints. For this $30 we will provide unlimited drafts until the customer is 100% happy, at that point we will begin printing and stretching the personlized tram and bus banners.

We offer so many choices I think its also worth writing these down in a list for our customers.

  • Two standard colours, cream and brown and black and white however we can print ANY coulour outr customers want
  • The font/text can be white, cream or dark brown – as standard so no extra charges at all!
  • Medium, Large OR we can customise the size for you at no extra charge
  • Stretched or unstretched, for those that would prefer to stretch their own or want to ship over seas then we offer a discounted, unstretched/rolled price
  • Over 40 different designs for all major Australian cities!

Stop by our online gallery or contact us if you have any questions or need anything specific that I havent mentioned here.

Tram Scrolls Australia, Gary Klungreseth, 1300 632 332,

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Another great choice for our tram scroll customers

A replica tram and bus roll is the must have item for 2010, these vintage scrolls are a perfect contemporary artwork for any room in the house and due to the simple but effective colour scheme of the tram and bus destination scrolls they look striking set against any colour background or wall.

Here at we aim to create quality scrolls that look and feel great, we use a rough, 100% cotton canvas to give the scroll an authentic look instead of the smooth plasticy feel that some other tram banner providers produce.

Due to popular demand we have just added another option for our customers, we now offer a choice of white or cream font, the cream text adds a great contrast to the scrolls and adds to the vintage look and feel that we try hard to keep.

We offer an ever increasing range of tram and bus rolls, visit our gallery to see the full collection however these also make amazing and thoughtful presents, for just $30 you can create your own personalised scroll with your own destinations!

As always we also include FREE SHIPPING of your tram scroll anywhere in the country! yes that includes Perth ; )

Don’t hesitate to order the perfect personalised gifts… contact us today at or 1300 632 332

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New vintage looking tram scroll designs available

We have just launched the latest addition to the ever popular and ever growing tram and bus scrolls collection. As always we are happy to listen to what our customers want and are always ready to offer a new style or design if it is wanted.

The latest addition to the tram and bus art range is the ‘vintage, antique tram scroll design’. We have closely copied 2 original 1950s Australian tram scroll and created a weathered, antiquated  effect. The tram and bus scrolls have creamier, slightly brown tinged lettering along with fading to the black back ground. The overall effect makes the tram and bus banners look like they have been sitting in a bus or tram terminal for 50 years! we think they they look great.

Feel free to contact us on : , 1300 632 332 or visit the site at

We will happily create any size or design tram scroll that you like, we have a massive range of scrolls available in colours such as red, blue, purple, beige and brown.

Printing, stretching and delivery of your personalised tram scroll takes just a week.

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New designs added to Tram scroll range

We have just added a new design to our tram scroll range, due to popular demand we have just added a border to our cream and brown line.

See the design below this new colour scheme allows the lettering and vintage style to be displayed well as the colours stand out from anywhere in the room.

The vintage bus destination art looks as close as we can get it to the framed original trolley / bus scroll banners that can be bought for exorbitant prices.

This Sydney inner west ‘All stops to… Pyrmont’ colour scheme can be used for any of the cream and brown tram     and bus scrolls in our range, just ask us and we can offer it without extra charge. Just ask the team for the cream and brown style with the brown edge.

This might be a good time to remind you that we are the number one provider of premium replica tram and bus scrolls in Australia. Our focus is on quality tram scrolls that are as close to the original versions as we can get.

For the real vintage feel we can even add a ‘vintage cream’ colour to the font on the black and white tram banners to further enhance the antique feel.

For more information on our tram and bus scrolls visit the site

or contact us on / 1300 632 332. We also have a sister site called Blue Horizon Printing

We offer different styles on both sites to keep our customers happy.

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