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Own a slice of South Aussie history & purchase Glenelg’s iconic 376 tram

One lucky South Australian can now buy the 75-year-old, recently refurbished tram, which first operated in Glenelg in December 1929.

Photography Credit: Holdfast Bay History Centre

Glenelg’s renowned wood-panelled 376 tram, which transported beachgoers from the city to Glenelg for seven decades, is now up for sale. After enjoying retirement in the Riverland for 16 years, a lucky South Australian could now own an iconic piece of the state’s history.

Following its final trip in 2005, the tram was gifted to Glossop High School (now Berri Regional Secondary College) by the state government in 2006. The tram was then completely refurbished and restored to operate as a learning space.

The learning space was home to a variety of community initiatives that particularly focussed on supporting the local Aboriginal community. As the high school has rebranded and relocated, less space on the campus has meant saying goodbye to the beloved structure.

Preserving its original wheels and classic Tuscan red and cream exterior, the tram still retains its old world design and charm. Originally opened in December 1929, the designers took inspiration from San Francisco’s quintessential streetcars of the time.

Measuring at 17 metres by 2.6 metres, the tram has now been fitted with two “rooms” and an air conditioner – beneficial, should new life be breathed into the tram in the form of a retail space or coffee shop. The structure also comes with a Colorbond freestanding carport.

The 75-year-old tram is one of only 30 H-type trams built locally by A Pengelly & Co, and the only one of its kind available for public sale, with neighbouring state carriages gradually finding homes in tramway museums across the country.

The only catch is that the successful buyer will be required to arrange the collection, uplift, and removal of the tram at their own cost.

Funds from the sale will be invested into the development of a new Aboriginal culture garden at Berri Regional Secondary College.  

The tram will be auctioned off online on Wednesday 14 September, currently priced at $15,200.

To find out more about tram or bid, visit the online bidding website.

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