A few decades ago, tram tracks lined the streets of Brisbane and tram cars were the major public transport option for residents. Whether you've fond memories of the past or a yearning to experience it, if you would like to relive these days, a trip to the Brisbane Tramway Museum (50 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove) is in order.
The Brisbane Tramway Museum Society was created in 1968 shortly after the Brisbane City Council announced their intention to replace the tram system with a bus system. The society was founded and is run by voluntary street car enthusiasts. The museum opened in 1980 and has continued to expand in the past twenty years.
The Tramway Museum is a not for profit, volunteer run company that preserves Brisbane's electric public street transport history and restore and maintains old trams. The museum currently has twenty four tram cars and two trolley buses, plus three engineering workshops for the restoration of cars and tracks.
Visitors to the museum can inspect dozens of restored trams, like the Californian combination car, the four motor tram or a standard 10 bench 'Jumping Jack' car. There are picnic facilities on the grounds, cold drinks for purchase and a gift store selling souvenirs and books. The museum is located next door to the Ferny Grove Bowls Club, where meals can be purchased.