Brisbane Tramway Museum - Fernygrove

Published: May 9th 2012
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1: Brisbane Tramway Museum 107 secs
Last tram to runLast tram to runLast tram to run

This was the last tram to run a scheduled service in Brisbane.
The Brisbane Tramway Museum is located at Fernygrove, about 30 minutes by train from Central Station.

We were fortunate that a resident in our community arranged a mid week private experience riding the trams, some over 100 years old, and learning something of Brisbanes history.

These trams have had to be restored and are a credit to a devoted team who demonstrate great skill in restoring these important cars from our past.

The Museum runs open days where trams are working, mostly at weekends, so phone to find out when they are open.

There are a couple of trams under restoration currently and several fully restored working trams to try out. The oldest was built in 1901. This is a classic tram, and we must give credit to those who have restored, maintained and kept this tram fully functional.

There is also one example of the few trolley buses that entered service in Brisbane. Check it out and see if you agree with me that the transposed brake and accelerator pedals must have brought a few close calls.

There is a museum with all sorts of items from the tramways history - uniforms etc etc.
Last TramLast TramLast Tram

The drivers simple controls, air brakes and a speed controller.
Check out the arcing rectifier.

The trams reached their peak performance in 1945-46, but the post WW2 explosion of private cars finally put them out of service. The peak passengers carried is still not exceded by Qld Rails city service. It is interesting to note that many cities are looking at light rail to unclog their business areas from private cars. What's old can become new again!

We enjoyed our half day visit - I'm sure you will too!.

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Last Tram 3Last Tram 3
Last Tram 3

These trams were quite comfy, but packed full at peak times
Tramway SignsTramway Signs
Tramway Signs

The museum has quite a collection of advertising and traffic signs from yesteryear.
Brisbane Trolley BusBrisbane Trolley Bus
Brisbane Trolley Bus

Only a few trolley buses entered service in Brisbane.
Trolley Bus Drivers CabTrolley Bus Drivers Cab
Trolley Bus Drivers Cab

Check out the seat! Also the transposed brake and accelerator peddles.
Trolley Bus SeatingTrolley Bus Seating
Trolley Bus Seating

The seating config on these buses is intriguing. I've not seen this style else where - maybe you have.
Over 100 years oldOver 100 years old
Over 100 years old

This tram is a classic and beautifully restored to full working order. These never had air brakes, so stopping was up to the motor man to hand crank the brakes.
The Toast RackThe Toast Rack
The Toast Rack

This trams were nick named 'The Toast Rack' due to their seating arrangements. They were also called the 'Jumping Jacks'. This came about due to the short wheel base and long overhangs giving a very bouncy ride.
Open or enclosed?Open or enclosed?
Open or enclosed?

Many trams had seating exposed to the weather. They had drop curtains to keep the rain out.

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