Tram [No.100 (Steam)]
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Baldwin Locomotive Works, Manufacturer
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Wheel configuration of 0-4-0
Cylinder diameter 11” x 16”
Boiler Diameter 3’ 4”
Steam Pressure 140lbs
Track Gauge: 4' 8½" (1435 mm) gauge.
The tram was brought to Wanganui in 1910 for construction of the Gonville and Castlecliff Tramway Board's electric tramway extensions to the Wanganui system. It was rarely used after 1912, but famously re-entered service during a 3-month failure of the Wanganui power supply in 1920. It was then commemoratively brought out again during the closing weeks of the system in 1950.
The tram's engine is now rare. Of the roughly 500 similar tram-motors built for street railways throughout the world, no.100 is the only one still operating and with limited modification to its original form and equipment.
Tram no. 100 was acquired by the Old Time Transport Preservation League before coming to MOTAT. The Western Springs Tramway at MOTAT fully restored no. 100 between 1971-1996.