MTOC cable tram dummy No 28
MTOC dummy No 28 being transported to Hawthorn
depot, 8 April 2003. Photograph courtesy Mike Ryan, Department of
This vehicle is a standard cable tram dummy locomotive. This type of
car was the leading car on all cable tramcar sets, and housed the grip,
which was used to grasp the moving cable for traction. Over five hundred
of these vehicles were imported from New York or built here in Melbourne.
The design remained the same from the opening of the cable tram system
in 1885 until the closure in 1940.
This tram was completely restored to original condition as a Toorak line
cable car for display with No 256, as part of a government funded employment
scheme. The restoration was completed in April 2003.
copyright © Russell
Jones 2001-3. Reproduced with permission.