Transdev Sydney Light Rail Staff visit to STM

The 2nd of November 2019 proved to be a special day for the museum, as staff and their families from Transdev Sydney Light Rail – operators of the Inner West Light Rail and soon to be opened CBD and South East Light Rail – were given an exclusive visit of the museum, and the chance to ride on traditional Sydney trams. The brainchild for this visit was the result of museum member John Cowper, who’s presentations on the history of the original Sydney Tramways prompted a keen interest amongst trainee drivers at Randwick, and with the help of museum director Bill Parkinson, plans were soon underway for these trainees to experience the real deal. The trams chosen to run on the day were C 29, F 393, LP 154, O 805 + O 1111 (running coupled), P 1497, and R 1740, with Variotram 2107 on display in the depot yard. The day ultimately proved to be a success, and the visitors left with a positive impression of the museum and its volunteers. It is a huge credit to John and Bill, for making the day as eventful as it was.