RE: W2 283 and a TAN story involving the Kelly gang
  Noel Reed

Hi Bob,

I believe that the Brunswick cable lines from Elizabeth St used bogie trailers. This could account for heavier cable track suitable for the W2 trams.

Noel Reed. [From hospital].

From:TramsDownUnder@... []
Sent: Monday, 10 July 2017 1:32 PM
Subject: RE: [TramsDownUnder] W2 283 and a TAN story involving the Kelly gang

Hi Mal,

Having re-visited the photo and finding all the little side points of interest other than the tram, seeing an electric tram running on cable tram rails, begs the question what was the axle load of the cable trams, and to what standard was the track itself built?

I think the W2 trams are around 4.5 to 5 ton axle load based on a weight of around 18 tons, the cable trams were either quite heavy to warrant track to that axle load, or the builders of the track built a heavy track to allow for future heavier trams.

Any t houghts?

Bob in Perth

From:TramsDownUnder@... []
Sent: Monday, 10 July 2017 10:44 AM
Subject: Re: [TramsDownUnder] W2 283 and a TAN story involving the Kelly gang

Hi Mal,

That's an incredibly clear photograph, with a lot of very interesting details! Is that from a glass-plate negative, I wonder? All the old cars are very interesting, including the Coupe Utility 'Ute' on the left, this body style originating in Australia in 1934. Also the fact that these trams traveling along Elizabeth Street are running on unaltered Cable Tram tracks, complete with Slot! The 'post' on the bottom right- is that some sort of ventilator?

Very interesting, thanks!


On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 6:02 AM, Mal Rowemal.rowe@... [TramsDownUnder] TramsDownUnder@...> wrote:

I came across this image by Ruth Hollick in my favourite image hunting
ground, the State Library of Victoria.

It's just post war and not an uncommon subject.

What caught my eye was the awning of the shop at right - The Small Arms
Co - so I did a Google search and found a couple of items.

The best was a a story told in a book about the 1906 making of what w as
arguably the world's first feature film "The Story of the Kelly Gang".

It seems that an actor who was playing the role of Dan Kelly was issued
with an old style pistol for his role and it was suggested that he find
some blank cartridges. He went to Edments (whom I remember as a
jeweller not a gun shop!) but they could not help and suggested the
Small Arms Co - who duly supplied the blank cartridges. On his way
home, the actor called in to Edments to thank the sales rep for their
advice and took out the cartridges to show the saleman.

You can guess what haeppened next.

A passer by saw the weapon and called the police, who duly arrested our
actor and put him in the cells at the old Russell St police station.

When he protested his innocence and explained that he was an actor
playing Dan Kelly, the Irish policement told him he should be very
happy. He would spend the night in the same cell that once held mem bers
of the Kelly gang.

Mal Rowe - with a new understaning of 'method acting'

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