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Geelong butterbox No 9


Geelong butterbox No 9 at Bylands

Geelong butterbox No 9 at Bylands

This tramcar was built by Duncan & Fraser in 1915 as part of the second order of three cars of the Geelong Butterbox class, which totalled ten tramcars in total. These cars were a single truck straight sill open combination tramcar, and formed a major part of the Geelong fleet for the entirety of the system’s existence.

Originally operated as a two-man tramcar, after the takeover of MESCo by the SECV it was modified for use as a one-man
tramcar in 1932. It was originally built with 26 inch wheels, but was later modified to use 33 inch wheels.

The body of this tramcar was acquired by the TMSV in 1982 for restoration. There is no truck currently available for use under this tramcar, but it is planned to construct a truck from a standard M&MTB No 15 bogie. The tramcar will remain in one-man configuration on restoration in the SECV olive and cream livery of the 1930s.

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Last updated 13 May 2002.
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