Ballarat Tramway eNews
No. 33 December 2018
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Xmas Special

The Santa Tram - Dec 5 & 15

Santa returns to the Ballarat Tramway Museum on Wednesday December 5 and Saturday December 15. He will be on board the special Santa Tram from 10.30 until 12.30 on both days.

Families are invited to ride with Santa. There is no extra charge to ride, normal fares will apply - adults are $5.00 and children $2.00. There is no need to book, just simply wait at one of our tram stops along Wendouree Parade and the Santa Tram will pick you up. Our conductors are not able to process EFTPOS on board, so you will need to have cash to purchase the tickets. EFTPOS will be available at the depot 30 minutes before departure for those wishing to purchase tickets in advance.
You are encouraged to bring your own camera to photograph Santa as he meets and greets your child. Our photographer will be on board too, and copies of the photos will be sent by email. And remember you don't have to be a small child to enjoy a trip with Santa.

This is a very busy time for Santa, and he will have to be on his way to other places by 12.30pm.
The 1967 Santa Tram at the Mount Pleasant Terminus in Barkly Street, Ballarat.

Tram Showcase

A highlight of our annual Tram Showcase was a grand cavalcade with six of our historic trams running in convoy along Wendouree Parade. Next year we hope to be able to add more trams to the procession. It was a highlight for photographers. Floyd Bromley captured the trams lining up at the St. Aidan's Drive terminus.

Pick My Project

The Museum was successful in the Pick My Project funding. Because of our demonstrated community support the State Government has given us $200,000 towards the cost of replacing a section of the tram tracks. The City of Ballarat has also allocated $250,000 and this amount will mean that Stage One of the track replacement can go ahead. The Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, chose the Museum to announce the successful projects for the whole state. Jaala is seen here with Paul and Alice Mong, and Juliana Addison, the new MLA for Wendouree.

Springfest 2018

The Museum was kept busy during Ballarat's annual Springfest Market at Lake Wendouree. Thousands of visitors walked around Lake Wendouree to shop at the hundreds of stalls. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from V/Line, we were able to offer free tram rides and well over 1,000 people took advantage to ride on a vintage tram car.

Tram Pull 2018

The Battle for Ballarat began with mixed pairs attempting to pull one our trams along Wendouree Parade. Weather conditions were better this year, and some of the teams did succeed in moving the trams. After this event the teams went into the South Gardens reserve and attempted to flip a car onto its roof.

Floral Tram 2019

We have now finished the flower making workshops, and thanks to the many people who have taken part. The total number of flowers made is over 3,500. We do not need any more plastic bottles or bags. Completed flowers need to be delivered to the museum as soon as possible - Tuesdays, Saturdays or Sundays. Contact me,,  if you need us to collect your flowers. 


Our tram crews have been busy every weekend during Spring, providing a wedding tram service for Pipers by the Lake. The tram picks up the bridal party, and takes them for a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wendouree, with drinks and nibbles from the restaurant. The happy couples are then delivered safely to their reception at Pipers.

The tram provides an opportunity for some great photographs. We have a range of trams that are suitable for all kinds of events. Contact the museum for more information.
A tram, or trolley car, from the National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, Maryland, USA. Tram 522 was built in 1897 for use in Washington. The Museum opened in 1969 and operates historic trams on a 1.6 km track every weekend. Photo: G. Edward Johnson.

Event Calendar

December 5 - Wednesday, 10.30-12.30 Santa Tram
December 15 - Saturday, 10.30-12.30 Santa Tram
December 25 - Xmas Day and the tram will be running.
January - Trams operating everyday

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