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Fort Macquarie, the dingily picturesque old mass of masonry which stood on the rough point which turns the waters of the harbour in the one way down Sydney Cove, and in the other way to Farm Cove, which stood conspicuous to all who carno to this city in ships during nearly all the time that our modern history has been making, is now replaced. Where it stood in comparative quiet, with its relics of old years and old ideas, there is now raised a modern structura which is part of one of the \ cry newest developments of the times-the electno tramway system. Whera the old stone fort was there is now a brick building for the housing of tramcars, for the ac- commodation und comfort of tramway em- ployees, and for other purposes incidental to the tram service The onginal estimate for the cost of the

building was £17 500, but again public sentiment in- * tervened, and this time successfully. While ths work was in progress the designs were altered and the nature of tbe structure elaborated until it ran into a cost of nearly double the ouguuil estimate. The whole work was designed and earned out by til» Government departments, day labour being used for the removal of the old building, quarrying stone for the lower parts of the now, and also for the entire building, v» ith the exception of the root frame and the special flooring Work on the demolition of the fort began m Tobruarj, 1901 and the new building was pushed on aa the debns was removed lo-dny the building, with all internal fittings and external railroads complete, will bo formally handed over ta the Tramway rrnflic Branch

From tho outside of the building there are to ba seen an intneate network of tramways which is con* nected Jircctly with a double truck to and from Cir- cular Quay, and consequently giving indirect access to all the systems which have their terminus at the Quay At the sheds there ure three systems lu front of the sheds tho lines bifurcate into 12 tracks, each leading into a separate section of the car-house Thev also send brunches to connect with a spacious marshalling yard on the western side Lastly, but by nu means of the least importance, there is a line completely encircling the wholo buildmg. Along that line cars move to get into position to lesumo tbo out-journey, to get into position to enter the Bhed trolly-car outwards and to carry passengers to the new wharfB at Macquane Point, from which excur- sion Bteamers make their departure The general disposition of the railroads is on the most modern system, and the material is hign-class It is worthy, of note, therefore, that the numerous switches have to be worked by bund , there is no Bignal-box from winch the whole of the points might be controlled by levers It is thought that the hand 8}stem is in this particular instanco quite safo Though the sheds are to be finished only to-day they liavo been in use more or less completely for somo weeks post, and the manipulation of tho points and working of the roads have given every satisfaction The loop or circlo round the sheds will largely re- lieve tho pressure on the Circular Quay loop and facilitate traffic The interior measurements of tho building aro roughh as follows -Width, I3lft , length of car shed, 250ft , longth of building from end to end, 307ft , height from ground lovel, ¿Mt , height from pit level, 41ft , height of turret, 80ft. The cars, 72 of which eau be accommodated, ride on 12 tracks elevated 5ft over the pit floor, so that they can bo overhauled with case The roof is built on the " saw-tooth " principle, aud the lighting appears to ho faultless The flooring on the ground and pit lovuls is the patent material calle! " arkilitc," and the walls are tiled to a con- venient height At the rear of the car shed there are sets ot offices where tickets are dealt with and stores regulated, and on the hret floor there is a com- fortable dining-room for the air hands The in tenor space given by the construction of the turrets and ornamental architecture is all utilised, one room being set apart as a reading and lounge room Ths place is lighted throughout by electricity, and the offices are heated by the same agency Care has been bestowed on the sanitary arrangements, and special precautions have been taken to guard against Are The demolition of the old fort and the erection of sheds have given employment to a dall/ average of about 120 men

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