End of an Era - Film of Brisbane Trams, 1969
On the evening of 13 April 1969, tram no.554 was the last official car to run on Brisbane's tram system. Trams had been in operation in Brisbane for 85 years, with horse-drawn cars later replaced by electric ones.
Among a series of short films made by Bill and Bev Rahmann is a five minute 1969 film entitled End of an Era, which reflects on the demise of trams in Brisbane. The film contains footage of trams running through various Brisbane locations, including the old Victoria Bridge. End of an Era concludes with a trip on the Oriel Park route.
The Rahmanns also highlight the efforts of the Brisbane Tramway Museum Society, formed in July 1968, in preserving this important part of our transport history.