FOLLOWING pandemic-induced delays, the Ballarat Tramway Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary next month, and you are invited to join in the fun.
BTM is hosting a Day of Tram Celebration on Sunday October 2, and volunteer John Whiting said it was about recognizing that from its humble beginnings the museum has survived and thrived for half a century.
“It’s a celebration of all the accomplishments that have been made during this time, especially recent successes, such as the relay of our mainline and the opening of our new museum exhibition area,” he said. -he declares.
“We also recognize that there are many other like-minded vintage transportation groups in the area such as car clubs and model and model railroad clubs. So now we have the new museum space, we have the opportunity to do something inclusive.
“On our Tram Celebration Day, we will be showcasing as many different types of vintage and heritage vehicles from Ballarat as possible, and going forward we can now offer an active partnership with other heritage groups that we could not. not before.
“The museum and its surroundings are very well located. It is a focal point for those interested in heritage transportation and machinery, and a focal point for regional tourism.
BTM volunteers will operate their century-old electric trams as much as possible throughout the day, which visitors can ride.
Car, truck and bus clubs will display various heritage vehicles outside the museum, while model railroads and Ballarat Historical Society ephemera and information will be displayed inside.
Mr Whiting said the west side of Wendouree Parade is set to become a “streetscape of the past”.
Steam traction, the Golden City Paddle Steamer and miniature train rides will be offered.
From 1.30pm to 2.00pm a cavalcade of trams will run from the museum to St Aidans Drive, and from 2.00pm to 2.30pm a grand parade of wider vintage transport will head towards the museum.
Official speeches will be given between 1-1.30pm, there will be a re-enactment of Ballarat’s last public service tram from 5.30-6.30pm, and drinks and snacks inside the museum from 6.30-8pm.
Launched in 1971, BTM officially celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in September 2021.
The Tramway Celebration Day will be on the track on Sunday October 2 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and visitors are invited to hand in a gold coin at the entrance to the museum.