Ballarat Tramway eNews
No. 23, April 2017
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Saving the trams

The Ballarat Tramway Preservation Society

Saturday 20 May 7.30pm - See and hear the story of how a small group of enthusiasts saved Ballarat's tramway from extinction in 1971. Some of those involved will tell the story of preserving the tracks and trams, and then take you for a unique night ride to experience that heritage first hand.

In 1971 a dedicated group of enthusiasts from Melbourne and Ballarat got together with the aim of preserving part of Ballarat’s heritage tramway. Against all the odds, this little band of “super optimists” succeeded in keeping a section of the track, and a number of trams. Now 46 years later, the Ballarat Tramway Museum attracts over 20,000 visitors each year from all over the world. Some of these original enthusiasts will share their stories, illustrated with images from the Museum’s collection. Following the talk, visitors will be able to experience the achievements at first hand, riding on Ballarat’s original trams along part of the original Ballarat Tramway track. Plenty of opportunities for questions and photographs, and a light supper will be provided.
Adults: $4.00 and Children $2.00, Families $10.00.
National Trust Members $2.00.
Ballarat Tramway Museum Members are free.
Includes a light supper and a night ride through the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

Post cards from the 1880s to the 1980s

A new display at the museum features a selection from our large collection of postcards dating back to the 1880s. Most of these cards have never been on display before. This free exhibition is open until the end of June.

2017 Begonia Festival

Our team members worked hard during this year's festival and carried over 8000 passengers during three very busy days. The Ballarat Tramway has had a long association with the festival, dating back to the first Floral Festival in 1938.

Cuthberts 939

Our special function tram is ready for your special event. With ride stabilizers, air conditioning/heating, a stunning luxury interior, and our experienced crews serving quality tea and espresso coffee, this is a unique and unforgettable ride through one of the world's best botanical gardens. Contact the museum for more information.
Tram 32 passing the Globe Hotel, Sebastopol, in the 1970s, soon to be demolished for a Hungry Jack's. Tram 32 was rescued, but is in poor condition.
Another great photo from Andrew Cook

Our Tram in Sydney

The Sydney Tramway Museum has a couple of Ballarat trams in its collection. Maximum traction Tram 37 has recently been fully restored, and to celebrate the launch last year, No. 12 was brought out of storage and given a run. This photo from the STM shows the tram and its crew for the day. Well worth a visit next time you are in Sydney.

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Tram 18

Tram 18 restoration is getting closer to completion. Barry and Les began work on cleaning the wheels which were returned to the depot in April. The motors have been reassembled and the body work is painted. Once the new bearings have been made and installed the tram will be ready to return to service.

No. 1 rides again

Noah and Brooke from Sandy Creek Clydesdales were once again the star attractions for January's Horse Tram Day. The horse trams provided Ballarat's first public transport system which opened on Boxing Day 1887. The first section of track opened was from the railway station to Lake Wendouree. Next year we will celebrate the centenary of Ballarat's trams with some special events during the Australia Day weekend.


Museum Guide Wanted: You don't have to be special...but it helps! We urgently need another guide to join the team and help with visitors at the depot. With your help we can keep the doors open every day the trams are operating. We provide training and a uniform, you supply the time and the passion. Ask us how you can help:
Thought about our tram for your wedding?
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