For a century, trams were an important part of everyday life in Sydney, taking people to work, school, the beaches, the footy and cricket, the races, the “pictures” and even the Royal Easter Show. Wouldn’t it be great to wind back the clock to the days when a fleet of 1,400 trams – more than twice as many as Melbourne has today – ran along 180 miles (about 290km) of routes?
You can… at the Sydney Tramway Museum! Jump on a Bondi toast-rack tram, or a corridor tram from the 1930s. In our Display Hall, see the unique prison tram used for transport between Long Bay Gaol and Darlinghurst Court House for more than 40 years.
The Sydney Tramway Museum provides a nostalgic and educational insight into the lifestyle of Sydneysiders during the 100 year period of tramway operation from 1861 to 1961, with running and restoration works-in-progress, exhibits and photos depicting the development and operation of tramways during this period.
Extra open days for the summer school holidays!
Please watch this space over the next few days for details of weekday opportunities to visit our Museum.
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Great news for Sydney schools!
Details are shown on our new Schools page.
- D.E.T. approved Risk Assessment
- Curriculum references set out
- New school visits booking telephone number operating during extended business hours
- Student section introducing Sydney trams.
The Museum’s Education Unit looks forward to providing your students with an enjoyable, curriculum oriented excursion.
Not Just Sydney Trams
The Museum’s operational fleet includes not only an extensive collection of Sydney trams from 1896 to 1952, but also trams from Brisbane, Melbourne, Ballarat, San Francisco, Nagasaki, Berlin, Munich and Milan, enabling comparisons between the different tramcar designs. A double-deck tram from Hobart and a Brill-built bogie car of 1902 from the Western Australian gold-mining city of Kalgoorlie still have to be restored. The Museum also houses Sydney’s last remaining double-deck trolley-bus.
Subtitle: A Day Full of Activities
The museum is located within the Sutherland Shire in southern Sydney and is adjacent to Loftus Railway Station. The Museum’s trams operate over three and half a kilometres of its own tram routes.
After a journey starting at Sydney’s historic Railway Square Waiting Shed, unpack your hamper in our Lakewood picnic area. Two electric barbecues are available for use here.
Stroll through the Museum’s collections and learn the important role played by trams in the development of Sydney in the early decades of the twentieth century. Learn about the Museum’s history — even find out how you can provide support!