Geelong tram back on track in Ballarat

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A PIECE of Geelong’s transport history has returned to Ballarat, with Geelong’s number two tram carrying passengers for the first time in 66 years.

The Ballarat Tramway Museum (BTM) has put Geelong’s historic tram back on track for its first passenger journey since the 1950s.

Canberra enthusiast Warrington Cameron spent nearly three decades meticulously restoring the tram with the help of a host of specialists from across Australia and around the world, before donating the final product to the museum in 2020.

Mr Cameron, Acting Greater Geelong City Mayor Trent Sullivan and Ballarat Mayor Daniel Moloney were among the first passengers on the tram’s return journey to the Ballarat Heritage Tram in the Botanical Gardens of the town.

BTM chairman Paul Mong and national tram historian Rod Atkins were also on board for the trip, while a host of representatives from Australia’s tram museums also attended the launch.

The tram is the only known survivor of the original seven trams that opened the Geelong system in 1912.

The number two racked up 1.7 million miles across the city until his retirement in January 1956.

He spent decades on a Bellarine farm which stored feed distributed to animals through its windows, before Mr Cameron acquired the vehicle in 1991.

With the remnants of Geelong’s tram system long gone, number two has been donated to BTM for special occasion trips that will replicate the travel experiences of a century ago.

Tram number two will have a second run next Sunday, February 27, which will probably be the last of the year.

It will remain on static display in the new Ballarat Museum building, except for the rare rides.

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