Kenneth Brown has requested a bit more information about the former EdwardSt lines in Brisbane. Here we go:
There were actually two Edward St lines. South of Queens St a line ran downto the Botanic Gardens. It was linked to Queen St by a single curve acrossthe south-western corner. It was worked as a shuttle service by oldcombination cars which had been converted for one-man operation byreconfiguring the seats on the outer, open sections. Cars 47 and 53 wereused in this way.
In Edward St on the northern side of Queen St there was a symmetrical stubterminus for the other line up to Gregory Tce. It crossed Adelaide St andran up the hill via Upper Edward St, Leichhardt and Wickham Sts to GregoryTce. It was all double track except for a short section approaching GregoryTce. The line continued as single track right down to the Normanby Fiveways,where it connected with the Kelvin Grove line, probably in both directions,but definitely from the south. I think there may have been a balloon loop atGregory Tce but have never been able to clearly confirm that. It was notthere in the 1960's. The line closed in 1947, initially being replaced bymotor buses, but later trolleybuses, in 1951. The tracks were removed andthe roads reconstructed, though the section up on the ridge in College Rd,Wickham Tce and Leichhardt St remained. It was used to allow trams fromPaddington to come across the top of the city in the evening peak and tocome down Wharf St to collect passengers in Adelaide St. I can recall seeingthe curves from Leichhardt St into Upper Edward St in the 1970's and 80'swhen the road surface had worn away a bit; they're probably still there.
The northern Edward St line was extremely steep as is still obvious.Vertical curvature prevented the use of double truck trams, so it had to beworked by small, uneconomic, single-truck cars; numbers 94-99. This isprobably why it closed so early. It must have been very hard work to drivethose trams, as they only had hand brakes and were prone to wheelslip on thesteep grades; much sand was required.
Edward St had the distinction of hosting both Australia's steepest tram lineas well as it shortest.
I've attached two pictures. One is an old Murray Views postcard showing aBaby Centre Aisle "Type A" car crossing the railway bridge at Central andpassing the Canberra hotel. Hopefully no-one has a problem with me postingsuch an old image, which I didn't take myself. I think the tram is no. 96,though it's hard to make out. Hopefully you can also make out a second tramin the extreme distance, down near the Gardens.
The second picture shows no. 47 in open storage at the Milton Workshops in1965. It was looking very sad by this stage, but thankfully was restored in1968-69 and now runs regularly at the Brisbane tramway museum.
Cheers, Stephen Lindburg