It looked a lot like an old-fashioned outdoor toilet with wheels, with its weatherboard cladding and hopelessly unstreamlined shape. But the “Coffee Pot” was a remarkably serviceable little steam tram motor that functioned from 1899 to 1909 as a weekend picnic conveyance at Toronto and later as a coal-hauling engine at Howley’s Colliery at Merewether.
The Coffee Pot was built in Sydney by Hudson Brothers and ran for a number of years largely as a weekend picnic service between Fassifern and Toronto. It was owned and operated by the Excelsior Land Company.
In 1910 the Coffee Pot was sold to Howley’s colliery at Merewether, and the motor was modified (the cabin was tapered at the top) to fit through the mine’s oceanfront tunnels.
The Coffee Pot wound up a derelict landmark at The Junction. The photograph at bottom shows the wreck in 1947.
These photos were published in our book Travelling Through Time.
A nice potted history of the Coffee Pot can be found by clicking here.