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Published March 16th 2020
Where old and new technology combine
Down beside Lake Wendouree, you'll find this fascinating little museum packed with lots of local history.
It is run by volunteers to retain the old tramway experience that once existed on the streets of Ballarat from 1887 to 1971. To do this, they preserve and maintain the old trams that once ran along the roads and run them on the part of the original tramway track that goes through the botanic gardens beside Lake Wendouree. They try to give a bit of an authentic experience with the use of paper tickets, conductors and other staff in uniforms and stops along the way.
Their collection contains over 20 trams which include Ballarat Horse Tram No1 and many other historical trams that they have acquired over the years, with members faithfully restoring them so that future generations can enjoy them.
The museum is the first in Australia to use solar power to run its trams with 18kw being generated by 72 panels that were installed in 2014 the excess energy being put back into the grid. Since doing this, the Melbourne tram system has become powered by solar showing how old and new technology can integrate to create sustainable transport.