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Glenelg tram

Public electric tram services began in Adelaide in 1909. The Adelaide-Glenelg tram service started on 14 December 1929, although the tracks had been in place and used for trains since 1873. The trams adopted the cream and burgundy (officially known as 'Tuscan red') of the Adelaide Glenelg and Suburban Railway Company Ltd. which originally ran the railway along the tracks. In the 1950s and '60s they were painted silver to match with other Municipal Tramways Trust trams, but in the 1970s returned to their original, and distinctive, colours. Central doors initially divided the carriages into a smoking section for men and a non-smoking section for women (smoking is no longer allowed in the tram). Between 1930 and 1939 special horse trams used the Adelaide-Glenelg line to transport horses to the Morphettville Racecourse.

For many years the route of the Adelaide-Glenelg service ran from Victoria Square in the city to Moseley Square at Glenelg. However, in 2007 the tram line was extended north from Victoria Square along King William Street then west along North Terrace to the City West campus of the University of South Australia. It is free of charge to travel on the tram between South Terrace and North Terrace.

Coinciding with the extension of the line, the fleet of tram carriages in the traditional cream and burgundy were replaced with more modern ones. The old carriages are run on weekends and public holidays as a tourist attraction.

Adelaide had an extensive electric tram network until the mid-1950s when the routes were gradually removed. Since 1958 the Adelaide-Glenelg tram has been the only tram service in Adelaide.

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Interior of a Glenelg tram
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