On the 21st of June 1897, Brisbane’s first
electric tram dedicated to public transport rolled from Logan Road at
Wollongabba to the southern end of the Victoria Bridge. The now-defunct tram
network is considered a lost part of brisbane’s identity with the humble tram
cars, everyday convenience and connections between the CBD and inner
suburbs allowing the city to grow. 18 different tram routes were established
throughout the network’s lifetime connecting most corners of Brisbane.
Between the years 1944 and 45 alone almost 160 million passengers were
carried across Brisbane. Everywhere from Stafford and Toowong, to Coorparoo and Mount Gravett were covered by more than one hundred and ninety-nine kilometers of
track. 2019 marks 50 years since the closure of the tramway. Even now Brisbane
residents continue to live among constant reminders of our trams. Often
we see track poking through the bitumen and the cement that line our
streets. Old tram stops and posts that
continue to stand the test of time. It’s easy to wonder what our city would look
like today if this expansive network continued to thrive.