Historic – Bogie or eight wheel tramcar, fitted with a type of bogie known as a maximum traction – one motor each bogie. Although built in 1914 for Melbourne, when operated in Ballarat, was considered as a “modern” tramcar compared to the four wheelers. Was modified by enclosing the central open section to operate as a one man tram – but limited use due to industrial bans. Operated in Ballarat with a conductor. Was decorated for the 1954 visit of the Queen. Painted by the BTM to represent the trams in the 1960’s livery after the fitting of marker lights and tiger stripes.
Technical – Maximum traction bogie tram that underwent modifications for one – man operation. Shows the nature of these modifications.
Social – One-Man operation of bogie trams banned by the tramways union, showing their strength. Did not occur until the 1990’s in Melbourne.
Provenance – known in detail – see Fleet Register sheet.
Rarity – Of the three one man SEC conversions of this type of tramcar (one each in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong), the only example left operating in an Australian tramway museum in this form.
Representativeness – Shows how this type of tram could have been converted, if it was not for industrial bans.
Condition-Integrity – remains in operable condition, though pending an overall.
Interpretive Potential – shows the form and colour scheme of Ballarat Trams in the mid 1930’s and will be available for use in Wendouree Parade for visitor hands on experience after an overhaul is undertaken.