Thursday, August 6, 2015

Melbourne Tram Museum, Hawthorn

Melbourne Tram Museum is only open a couple of times a month, but after I recently visited for the first time, I thought it was worth writing about. 

Now part of a residential development, the Depot itself is Heritage Listed. The Hawthorn Tram Depot operates as a NFP and volunteers maintain the heritage trams and the Museum.
Melbourne Tram Museum
Home to 21 fully restored trams, the Museum is both an interactive display and a visual diary of tram use in Melbourne.
You can sit on the trams, ring the bells and take a ride back to yesteryear, all while stationary. Ding. Ding.
From the 1906 classic Toast Rack...
Melbourne Tram Museum the dazzling bright colours of the most recent addition, Karachi W11. This old girl from the 70's was retired in 2006 and given a new lease on life, when Pakistani artists were commissioned to paint and decorate her as part of a Commonwealth Games project. The result is stunning.
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Destination scrolls hang on the walls...
Melbourne Tram Museum

Melbourne Tram Museum
...a tram location board for all depots...
Melbourne Tram Museum
...and Spike, the skateboarding Rhino, sits in the back corner, promoting vehicle and pedestrian safety around trams.
Melbourne Tram Museum
The Museum has a good collection of memorabilia and a shop with souvenirs like books, maps and model trams.  Melbourne Tram Museum

Melbourne Tram Museum
Melbourne Tram Museum

Where: 8 Wallen Rd, Hawthorn
When:  11:00am-5:00pm
(second and fourth Saturday of every month only)
How Much: gold coin donation

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