This is the logo from the Bridges & Christie site, which gives some clues re the earliest vehicle. It could well be the one which I remember at South Melbourne Market 1950-58, but it was entirely silver in that era.
...we've got a lovely old transit van ice cream jigger that comes down the street in the industrial boondocks of Tullamarine once a week....a bit more modern toon than Green sleeves all the same.... ;D ;D ;D ;D
Have a few memories of pub crawls from central station and every pub to the Quey through the rocks up through the cross then down to wooloomooloo to Harrys cafe de wheels..... Wonder i had any memory at all a few times
Harrys cafe de wheels a real institution.............. ;D
Here is an evening view of one in Newcastle, built into former Sydney tram R1892 (with no wheels). Since then, this one has been ruined by enclosing the body with aluminium sheeting to prevent deterioration.
I have more to chase on American Doughnut (Melbourne), and a start to make on the famous one which parks in North Tce, outside Adelaide station (SA), every night. Its main product is pie floaters.
It pays to be multimodal: tram lovers have responded to my call for help. I have some photos which I can't repost, and will still have to hunt for links to the SA State Library ones. B71775/10 & B71775/11.
In the interim: this covers Adelaide beautifully.
Others recall a similar trailer parked outside Melbourne's Flinders St station: MA's pie van.
My memory is of the all-night Pieteria 'we never close', which was one of the shops in a vault under Flinders St Viaduct. It was a popular stop in the era when we ran all-night tram tours. My only photo of it has the doors chained shut.
Thanks for the thought. That's a Victorian Railways tram (IIRC 34); it's now in Bendigo. The type ran St Kilda - Brighton and Sandringham - Black Rock (and the short-lived Beaumaris extension too?).
Here is Melbourne tram SW6.969 fitted as a bar. It is placed at Arts Centre for a season each year. One side is just entry from a ramp; AFAIK the other side has drop-down panels for service to people outside. Looking at the photos which I have on file, they may be lift-up awnings, not drop down benches.
A follow-up message from an SA researcher:
Railway station Balfours pie cart
Franklin St pie cart
If you look closely at the Franklin St picture, you will see a small steel pole (a former MTT pole (probably recycled -Adelaide City Council reused and relocated many to support street lights) cut off at about 3 m height, and with an MTT 'onion top' finial dropped into the top of it. This short pole has a power box on it that would have served the pie cart. There is also has a white rubbish bin on the pole about 1 m above the ground. Below the rubbish bin you can see the steel conduit taking power up to the power box. The truck which towed the pie cart is visible in front of it. I recall it being about a 1963 short wheelbase Dodge with a Valiant slant-six engine.
There was an era when I was in Adelaide often for day train tours, and the cart was there when we got back. I must have eaten a pie from it once, but not often.