Restored tram a time capsule

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EVERYONE will soon be able to board the Geelong tram no. 2, which is due to be unveiled to the public this Sunday, February 6 at the South Gardens Reserve at Lake Wendouree.

Housed by the Ballarat Tramway Museum, the rolling stock – originally built in 1911 – is the only surviving model of the first of seven trams built to operate in Geelong.

Deputy operations manager Neville Britton said the tram is “top of the tree” in terms of tram restoration in Australia.

“People really need to see the tram in the flesh, it’s like new. It’s as original as it gets,” Mr. Britton said.

As the Geelong tram is no longer operational, Geelong no. 2 was donated to the City of Ballarat by restorer Warrington Cameron after working on the machine for 28 years.

Guests at the unveiling will include the Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong Cr Trent Sullivan, the Mayor of the City of Ballarat Cr Daniel Moloney and Deputy Chairman of the Tramway Museums Council of Australasia Rod Atkins.

Mr. Cameron will also be present to answer questions regarding what happened in the restoration of the tramway.

After the tram was officially opened, Mr Britton said it would be ‘sunny’ two to three times a year for public rides where it will carry passengers for the first time since 1956.

“It really is such a magnificent restoration that it really needs to be preserved,” he said. “The fact that it has been restored to the point where it is fully operational is truly significant.”

When not on the 1.3 kilometer tram museum track, Geelong no. 2 will be featured as one of the main exhibits in the institution’s new $1.7 million space which will be officially unveiled to the public shortly.

Tickets to ride Geelong no. 2 costs $5 for adults and $2 for school-age children and can be reserved at trybooking.com/BXCHX.

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