June 2014

hs_kids_in_RAn ideal distraction on those short winter days is a tram ride at Lofus. It’s a great time for a weekday or weekend family visit in comfort to show the children what real public transport was like.

If Mums and Dads busy, why not think of grand-parents to take the children? The chances are that they rode trams in their youth – that will qualify them as ideal tour guides for the children!  If they don’t drive, no problem! We have a railway station right next door.

Sydney “Toast Rack” or “Foot board” car P1497 has just returned to service after a visit to the museum paint shop. Still smelling of fresh paint, 1497 stands glowing in the golden autumn afternoon sunlight waiting it’s turn. 1497 was built in 1922 as a P class tram, a successor class to the wildly successful O class toast rack trams. It sported a full set of doors for passenger comfort and a number of technical innovations, the most visible being the Tomlinson automatic couplers which enable two P class to be coupled or uncoupled rapidly. 1497 entered the museum collection direct from revenue service in 1961. It is one of only 2 out of 258 of this class of tram to survive in full working order, the other being 1700 which is at the Seashore Trolley Museum, Maine, Connecticut USA.

P1729 is currently in the tramway workshops at the ‘electro-mechanical’ stage of it’s restoration. It is hoped that we will be able to one day demonstrate this class of tram running in coupled pairs as they did back when they were in service in Sydney.

Our Museum grounds include a small park with a large picnic shelter. We have plenty of shade and there’s also our Display Hall with our oldest and most interesting trams. This and unlimited tram rides are all included in your Day Ticket.

These days 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.

P1497 shining in the autum sunP1497 shining in the autum sun