Re: Re: R 1738 in the Powerhouse collection
  Michael Giddey

1738 is in very close to its original 1933 condition. All R cars received air operated windscreen wipers after WW2 requiring the driver's front windows to be sealed in the closed position. Many R's including 1740 at Loftus received self lapping brakes during the 50's utilising equipment left over from the cancelled post war R1's but 1738 retains its original manual lapping driver's brake valves.

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Subject: [TramsDownUnder] Re: R 1738 in the Powerhouse collection

By the condition it last ran in service I mean mechanically. Doubtless it had to be painted and freshened up as all cars were in pretty faded condition by the last days.

It's a pity the designer isn't acknowledged in MAAS's description.

Trams that are unique to a particular city (as opposed to mass produced trams that appeared in many cities) can have an iconic role in defining popular perceptions of cities and the designs by Fergus Nicholls Maclean (of which this was one of his last new designs) certainly helped define the popular image of Sydney along with its ferries. Maclean's work also showed its influence in the Brisbane Dropcentre (of which the first was built at Randwick) and FM which was a derivative design. Melbourne no doubt had an original designer of the W style. Industrial designers are worth acknowledging and celebrating when they leave such a lasting positive mark.

Tony P

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