Did the 2000 odd Sydney trams in the old numbering system include their steam and cable trams?
The steam trams and cable trams in Sydney were numbered in individually separate systems.
(A few steam tram motors technically belonged to the NSWGR and they were numbered in the NSW steam locomotive series).
The Sydney electric cars were initially numbered in separate series at each depot but a unified numbering of electric cars only was introduced about 1900-1901.
So the Sydney electric car numbers were generally equivalent to the M&MTB car numbers, Sydney's steam trams finally disappearing in the late 1930s as Melbourne's last cable trams disappeared in the 1940s.
So the highest numbers of 2087 and 1041 are equivalent.
It might be argued that more of the Sydney cars would have been withdrawn before the end of the system since the numbering started around 20 years earlier.
However, even I was surprised to see the number 2108 on the lowest numbered Urbos 2....