Firstly, we thank the many visitors, especially the family groups and so many grandparents who brought their grandchildren during the Spring Vacation.
The new Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday weekday school holiday pattern with Sundays was very successful, indicating that we have met the preferences of family groups with children. It is encouraging us to repeat this in Autumn next year.
Bearing in mind the early arrival of summer weather, apart from our well ventilated trams to ride in, our Museum boasts our own small park with a large picnic shelter (actually it was once the interchange building at Railway Square). Providing ample shade, it has proved ideal for its current use.
Our Display Hall, showcasing our oldest and most interesting trams – including the world’s only remaining prison tram – is also in full shade! Our small green kiosk offers cooling soft drinks, a range of ice creams, tea and coffee for the grown ups and more.
A favourite feature of our Museum is that every hour (at 15 minutes past) sees us transporting people right into the Royal National Park – some describe it as our Bushland Cruise!
Nowadays there can hardly be a cheaper day in Sydney: seniors and concession card holders have unlimited rides for only $12 and school children for just $10 (pre-schoolers are free). The adult price is $18 and there are family arrangements where, after two adults and just one child, extra children in the same family are free. Your day ticket gives you unlimited rides and entry to our Display Hall where you’ll find our older trams including the world’s only remaining prison tram!
Our volunteers look forward to welcoming you soon.
George Street … its transport history in pictures.
George Street was the selected route for electric trams running north and south through the city at the turn of the century. It became the street for trams running along Parramatta Road to the Western Lines beyond. The 22nd November, 1958 was selected as the final day for the George Street trams.
The driver of the pictured pre-World War I toastrack cars emerging from George Street into Railway Square on their last day was one of the youngest at the time. He was Ted Davies, who became a bus driver once his trams had gone. But he was one of those who, on days off, would return to tram driving at the Sydney Tram Museum.
History went into reverse almost 57 years later when buses were finally evicted from George Street so that modern trams light-rail vehicles (an updated style of tram) could reclaim their tracks. Liam Brundell pictured, barely 21 years old, not much different from Ted’s age all those years earlier, drove one of the heritage double deckers from the Sydney Bus Museum. Liam is also a driver of trams at the Sydney Tram Museum!
A curious reversal of history!
We thank the Sydney Morning Herald and photographer Peter Rae for this week’s picture.