Last 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.
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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