Ballarat Tramway eNews
No. 24, August 2017
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National Trust Awards

The Ballarat Tramway Museum's restoration of Cuthberts 939 has been recognized in this year's Ballarat National Trust Awards. We won the “conservation of a heritage place, historic collection or tradition” award, were highly commended in the “heritage innovation” award and were a finalist in the “adaptive reuse of a heritage place” award.

A state government grant of $40,000 helped bring the tram back into service. Since May 2016 the tram has been use for a range of activities including lunches, dinners, high teas, breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas. Most of the people hiring the tram have been locals, and they have really enjoyed showing off the gardens and the tramway to their friends and relations.
Working closely with one of our sponsors, Sovereign Caravans, and several other local businesses, our members put in hundreds of hours of labor to turn a very tired and dilapidated tram into a new multi-purpose function tram.Thanks to everyone who has been part of the project. Neville, Peter, Virginia and Paul accepted the awards on behalf of the Museum
A team of volunteers has come together to provide a crew for the tram, as we need a range of skills not just driving and conducting. The Cuthberts 939 crew are now experienced in all areas of hospitality, including plating, food service, and espresso coffee making. With every function, we get enquiries for more, both from guests, and people walking around the lake. Bookings for the tram are now coming in for Xmas functions, so make sure you get in early to reserve a date:

If you are interested in being part of the Cuthberts 939 team, contact our marketing manager:
The Gate Keepers Cottage
The old gate keeper's cottage from the Ballarat Botanical Gardens has returned home. The house which had been moved to Gregory Street in the 1920s, was going to be demolished, however action by the Friends of the Gardens and the City of Ballarat will see the cottage restored. Its new location will be close to the Adam Lindsay Gordon Cottage. In the old days, the gates would be closed at night to keep wandering stock out of the gardens. 
A history of the cottage will be in a future edition of "Fares Please."
The restored cottage will be used by the Botanikids, a preschool activity group run by the Friends of the Gardens. 

This group of Botanikids enjoyed a cold winter ride on Tram 40 this week. For many, it was their first ever tram ride; it was great to see their apprehensive expressions change to huge smiles as we rattled along Wendouree Parade.
Morris Dancing
A wandering troupe of Morris dancers visited the Museum recently to perform for visitors. The dancers perform English folk dances which date back hundreds of years, while wearing costumes and bells, and clash hawthorn sticks. There is a connection with the Museum as members Peter Waugh and the late Frank Puls were both active Morris dancers many years ago.
New Display Panels
Two new display panels in the Museum tell the story of power in Ballarat, from the early days of the Electric Supply Company, the SEC, up to and including our own solar powered tramway. Funding to create the panels came from a grant from the Public Records Office of Victoria. Make sure you see them on your next visit.
Tram Tuesdays
Tuesdays are busy at the depot, with between 10 and 15 volunteers working on a range of projects. Timberwork in Tram 12 is being stained and polished, and a lot of spare parts have been moved off site. This photo shows new volunteer, Leigh, servicing a controller.
Workshop Wednesdays
A small group of volunteers are now working in the depot each Wednesday. Led by Mick Duncan and Geoff Gardiner, they have been carrying out regular servicing on all the trams. During June and July, the team were helped by Evan, a work experience student from Federation University. On Evan's last day, we celebrated with afternoon tea.
Member Chris Phillips took a lot of photos in the last years of tram service in Ballarat. He has recently donated the photos to Museum's collection. This photo show four trams including 12, 43 and 26, in Sturt Street.

If you have any photos of the Ballarat Tramway, we would love to see them.
Peter Ford Catering prepared a three course dinner on Cuthberts 939 in July. With two chefs and three waitresses, as well as Motorman Hugh McKelvey and Peter Waugh, it was crowded in the kitchen as meals were cooked for the 24 guests. A huge oven dominated the kitchen; Hugh and Peter enjoyed roast chicken with truffles.
Visitors to the Museum this week from Hong Kong told me of the city's tramway which began operating in 1904. It is the only tramway in the world to exclusively use double decker cars. As well as providing public transport, the trams have become an iconic tourist attraction. This photo was taken by Warren Doubleday in 2014.

If you have photos of other tramways, we would love to share them here.

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