In times past, Brisbane had a light train network of trams curling through its streets and transporting residents across town.
However, on 28 September 1962, disaster struck when 65 trams (representing almost one-quarter of the tram fleet) were wiped out overnight when a huge fire ripped through the Paddington Tram Depot.
The fire started at 7:30 (on the site of what is now the Paddington Central Shopping Centre) and was aided by the petrol and tyres from the trams. Some 30 firefighters worked to fight the flames but struggled to control the blaze and the depot was destroyed. The fire marked the beginning of the end of trams in Brisbane - one year after the fire as diesel operated buses replaced the tram routes. As a result, the last Brisbane trams ran on 13 April 1969. This changed the face of Brisbane and its way of commuting forever. Conspiracy theories began to surface that the fire had conveniently coincided with the proposal to cease the trams.
On the 56th anniversary of the event, the Brisbane Tramway Museum will be hosting a special event at its Ferny Grove headquarters to see Brisbane's' trams operating in a different light.
Along with tram rides, food is also on offer with a sausage sizzle and Weiner Wagon refreshments available for purchase. Tickets for the event range from adults $14, seniors $11, children $7, and a family for $42, and as well as tram rides. The family fun kicks off at 5pm. Whether you are a history buff, someone who loves rail travel or just curious about our past, why not get along and experience a piece of Brisbane's transport history through its beloved trams.