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Ballarat Tramway eNews
No. 25, September 2017
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True Colours

What lies beneath

Tram 27 has been back in the workshop having two side panels replaced after they were damaged. These panels were original and when the workshop crew removed them it was discovered that they still had the ESCo paint scheme visible. The trans were repainted in green by the SEC in May 1935. These original colours are slightly different to those used when Trams 26 and 28 were repainted by the BTM in the ESCo livery. The original is quite a bright red and yellow. The old panels will be kept and used as reference for further research to understand the history of the trams for future restoration work.

The timber framework was full of holes, showing that the panels had been taken off and put back many times over the years. Member Phil Bertram has been making detailed measurements of the tram fleet, and he reports that these show the trams have had significant changes, from both modifications and accident damage, since they were built 100 years ago.
Tram 27 in Sturt Street in 1971, a photo by member Chris Phillips.
Birthday parties on a tram are always great fun, Conductor Chris Phillips is seen here with the birthday girl last week. Contact the BTM for information about hiring a tram for your next party.

Chris has been a member of the Museum since its very first day and we have been showcasing his historic tramway photos on Facebook. He has become an active volunteer since retiring from work. 
Two of our volunteers at the Pizza night for Volunteers. On the left is Virginia Fenelon, a board member, and the chair of the Business Development Committee. On the right is Lynne Williams, one of the volunteer crew who work inside Cuthberts 939. The BTM is always looking for new volunteers to help in the many different tasks needed to run a historic tramway.
Safety is paramount for our volunteers, as shown by Paul Mong during a recent working party on the overhead power cables near Piper's. Hi-vis overalls, which are now standard for all workshop volunteers, as well as a safety harness for working at heights, a hard hat and gloves. The sunglasses are optional. The work involved tensioning support wires and brackets to ensure the trams run smoothly along the track. 

This photo was takes by our Marketing Manager, Peter Waugh, who was not assisting at all, but was in fact on his way to Pipers for a coffee and business meeting. Pipers are one of main sponsors, and now offer a tram ride for the bridal party as part of every wedding reception. 
Like Ballarat, Melbourne had a horse tram service. Ballarat's last horse trams were last used on the Sebastopol line in 1913, but in Melbourne they were still in use on the track through Royal Park to the Zoo until 1923. Ballarat trams were carrying passengers to the Ballarat Zoo at the Botanical Gardens until it closed in 1959.
Our new Shop Manager, Juliana Durovic, wearing one of our new beanies which is just $15.00 ($10 for members). We have a new items in the shop, including a beautiful Merino wool scarf. The large wooden trams are back in stock; priced at just $75 these are a real bargain as the RRP is $99.00. Buy now for Xmas.
The Sydney prison tram, used for transporting prisoners between Long Bay Gaol and the Darlinghurst Court. Used for four trips a day from 1909 till 1950, the tram is now fully restored at the Sydney Tramway Museum. Prison trams weren't needed in Ballarat as the prisoners walked through a tunnel between the gaol and court house next to it in Lydiard Street South..
Peter Waugh got to meet both former PM Tony Abbott, and sculptor Linda Klarfeld  when the new bust was added to the Prime Ministers' Avenue. Peter is not only a Museum guide and the eNews editor, but has also written a guide book to the Prime Ministers Avenue. The guide book is available from the Museum shop.
This photo of a tram in Kiev shows that Ballarat may not be the only tramway in a beautiful setting, but we are a lot closer.
Another happy group preparing for a function on Cuthberts 939. We have now completed over 35 charters, and the tram is generating income to support the work of the BTM in preserving the Ballarat Tramway. Seen in this picture is Neville Britton, who along with Len Miller, Roger Gosney and Hugh McKelvey, have had to master the art of driving smoothly and slowly. 
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