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“Truly enjoyable educational experience.”

Brisbane Tramway Museum
Ranked #110 of 361 things to do in Brisbane
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

The readiness of the motorman and conductor to explain everything, and the sheer fun of riding the beautifully maintained exhibits, combine to make a really enjoyable afternoon.
Being a trammie probably wasn't the easiest job, especially having to wear those hats - go and see - but we can get more than a glimpse of what it was like, and have fun at the same time.

2  Thank dlr7367
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

There are only a few survivors of Brisbane's fleet of trams that provided urban/suburban transport 1885 - 1969. I was a "tram girl" and didn't worry about rain that could seep in in wet weather or the wind in winter. In summer they were a dream - natural air; no need for 'conditioning'.

The FM (four motor) Brisbane trams were the most advanced in the world when they were introduced in the late 1930s. Today only 2 survive - 429 and 554 - at the Tram Museum, Ferny Grove. 554 is a Phoenix tram, built from parts of others destroyed in the Paddington Depot fire in September 1962.

That fire sounded the death knell for the trams. The short-sighted mayor at the time reckoned the future of transport was buses. Too bad he's no longer alive to see the chaos on Brisbane's roads, nor the air conditioned buses. No rain gets in, no wind blows through, but they're stuffy in summer, even with air conditioning.

Several hours at the Tram Museum was a journey back in time. The clang of the safety bell, the ding-ding of the stop or start signal bell, screech of metal wheels on metal lines, and the smell inside the trams were the same as if instead of riding on a short length of lines we were riding on it was the network from the old days.

The men who drove the trams at the Museum were too young to have been in the tram driver work force, but they wore the old navy blue uniform and the white kepi and with pride. They were happy big boys with very big toys and a joy to behold.

2  Thank Missy T
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

We arrived at the tramway museum on a non working day and yet the staff were so obliging and insisted that we had a personally guided tour even though we were only three people- one of whom was a local and yet hadn't even realised that the museum existed until we told him! The day turned out very wet indeed and we only just got the tram ride in-YES they turned out the tram just for us- before it poured down and, as electricity and water don't mix, the tram had to go back into the shed. Our Brisbane friend promised that he would pay them another visit and put a day or two in as a volunteer as he was very impressed with the overall presentation.

2  Thank Patricia S
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

Good facilities for picnic etc. Trams run around small circuit. Quite nostalgic. Interesting to see how transport has changed. Very enthusiastic staff.

2  Thank WorldTraveller0101
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

We visited the Brisbane Tramway Museum last Sunday afternoon (24th March 2013 ) with my partner's grandchildren aged 4 and 18 months. The Tramway Museum had 5 trams operating that day and we travelled on them all - some multiple times. We were impressed that there was only a few minutes gap between one trip and the next - great for kids timetables !!

The staff were wonderful, providing information aimed at both adults and children - a difficult mix to do successfully and involved the children in activities like ringing the bell for the conductor and assisting with pulling the rope to move the overhead pole when changing ride directions. Both children were overawed by the experience - the jerky movement, rattles and clattering was more and more exciting each time.

We spent 2 hours there and had 8 tram rides, as well as looking at the maintenance shed and small museum. At the end, the hardest part was getting to children to leave - going home to Mum and Dad did not seem to compete with riding on trams !! A worthwhile and entertaining way to spend a Sunday afternoon for locals and visitors alike !!

5  Thank Bill E
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