Ballarat Tramway eNews
No. 36, November 2019
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Santa trams

Santa will be on the tram this December

We will be running two extra Santa Trams this year as the event has continued to grow in popularity. Our long serving Santa has retired, moving from the North Pole for a warmer climate near Lara. Our new Santa will be making the long trip from the North, and will be on board from 10.00 till 11.30am on:
  • Sunday December 8
  • Tuesday December 10
  • Thursday December 12
  • Saturday December 14
Let's hope new Santa doesn't get his "Ho Ho Ho" muddled with his "Fares Please". And again this year, normal fares will apply (adults $5 and children $2, and members FREE!). There are no extra charges to ride on the Santa Tram, and please, bring your own camera to capture the event. The Santa Tram will be picking up passengers from all of our tram stops (marked with red and white stripes on the pole).

New Track Opened

The Stage One Track Replacement was officially opened by the Mayor of Ballarat Ben Taylor, President of the Ballarat Tramway Museum Paul Mong, and the local MLA, Julianna Addison on Thursday 7 November 2019. This was the biggest capital upgrade to the tramway since the 1930s. We have replaced 300 metres of track at the south end of the tramway.


With generous sponsorship from VLine, the Museum will be providing free rides again during Springfest 2019, on Sunday 24 November. Take advantage of the trams, and have a rest, before continuing your journey around the lake. VLine staff will be joining with our volunteers to provide a great experience on what is one of our busiest days of the year.

Tram Pull

The strong men and women return to Ballarat on November 24 for the Annual Tram Pull. Last year, most contestants failed to budge the tram (did Andrew have the brakes on?). This year, with a different tram selected, practice sessions have shown that the tram can be pulled by just two people (if they are strong enough!)


Your eNews editor apologises for missing the 2019 Annual General Meeting, but while the meeting was on, he was enjoying lunch at Choo Choos Cafe in Port Douglas, and admiring the Bally Hooley Steam Railway. This is a 4km track, along part of the old cane tram network which linked Port Douglas and Mossman from 1900 until the 1958.

Tramway by the Lake

Our new book was published in October and is now available from the Museum shop. Written by foundation member Chris Phillips, the 28 page booklet has nearly 60 photographs, including many historic pictures which have not previously been published. The front cover has Ray Marsh's stunning image taken from the top of the now demolished grain silos, on the last day of tram operations in Ballarat in 1971. The back cover has an amazing photo by Ballarat photographer, Peter Kervarec, taken at our Night Trams event in 2018.
Grab your copy for just $5.00 next time you visit.

Bumper Stickers

We have ordered a limited number of new bumper stickers which should be in stock in the next couple of weeks. Priced at $5.00 each these will be the first bumper stickers available for over 30 years. Don't miss out!

Wanted: Museum helpers

We need a couple of volunteers to help us keep the shed open on weekends and holidays. Duties include welcoming visitors to the Museum, and working at the sales counter. Sadly a few times recently, while the trams have been running, the doors to the shed have been shut. We need your help to keep the doors open. No previous experience is needed, and full training is provided.

For more information contact Peter at the Museum -  

When the doors are closed, visitors miss out on seeing our historic displays, and we lose sales too. Help us keep the doors open every weekend.
The original depot in Wendouree Parade. This photo by Brian Blunt show trams 41 and 37 on the fan.
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