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130th Birthday of Sydney Steam Tram No 103A

4 September 2021 - 12 September 2021



130th Birthday of Sydney Steam Tram No 103A

Hosted by Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum

In the late 1870s, Sydney’s public transport system was created from the ground up.

The key innovation was the delivery of steam trams with No 103A hitting the streets of Sydney on 12 September 1891.

A 130th birthday is a rare event, so Sunday 12 September 2021 was planned to be a celebration of this important milestone in Sydney’s public transport history.

As part of History Week, members of the public had been invited to share in some special and one-off experiences: view rare photographs and memorabilia; share the excitement, including a ride in historic tramcar 93B, led by Steam Tram 103A; enjoy birthday cake; hear short speeches by notable guests and much more.

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions and a new date has not yet been announced.

Members of the public and followers of History Council NSW are welcome to watch for updates on their Facebook page or via their website where you can also help mark this special occasion.

Read more of the amazing story of the survival of this rare exhibit and its phoenix-like renewal from the ground up on more than one occasion.

Be sure to watch the short video of Sydney Steam Tram 103A in action at Valley Heights Rail Museum and remember to wish 103A “Happy Birthday!”.


Credit: Steam tram 103A at Arncliffe in 1926 (image from the collection of Arthur Dunstan).

Sunday 12 September 2021

Free event. Online content available via their website and Facebook page.

From the Ground Up


History Week 2021

From the Ground Up
4th – 12th September 2021

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