Catch a Tram from Railway Square
The Sydney Tramway Museum has a whole day’s worth of activities waiting for you!
Start your tram ride from the old Railway Square waiting shed! This historic structure, which stood in the middle of Railway Square (near Sydney’s Central Station) from 1907 to 1973, has been painstakingly re-erected at the Museum. The elevated tramway signal box, which stood at the corner of Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets in Sydney, was used to control tram movements and switch trams to the correct line at this busy junction. The waiting shed at the front entrance to the Museum was located at Miranda and used by passengers waiting for the steam trams to Sutherland and Cronulla. Other genuine tramway buildings, typical of structures which were common wherever trams ran, help to recreate the atmosphere of bygone Sydney.
As well as enjoying a ride or two, you can visit the Display Hall, which houses Australia’s oldest electric tram, the only prison tram in the southern hemisphere and unique counterweight dummy from Balmain. Historic photographs of Sydney’s street transport during the tramway era, and many smaller items associated with the trams, are also on display.
There are electric barbecues, picnic area and other facilities, including a souvenir shop and kiosk.
Safety Points When Travelling by Tram
- The Museum’s vehicles are irreplaceable historic items. Please treat them with respect.
- Please refrain from smoking, eating or drinking whilst travelling.
- Do not operate the bell cords or the emergency braking equipment as these are safety items for the use of the Museum staff.
- Do not lean out of windows and doors.
- Remain seated at all times while the tram is in motion.
Before your next visit, feel free to take a virtual 3D tour through the museum’s running shed and display hall, and see inside two of our historic Sydney trams: F 393 and R 1740, complete with info bites about each car. Many thanks to Transport Heritage NSW for this project.