It’s business as usual at the Museum

Your monthly update from the Brisbane Tramway Museum

Things have settled down after our hectic 50th Commemoration of the last tram trip in Brisbane!

However our normal routine of restoration and maintenance goes on. The final checks on tram 400 are complete and it will be actually in service in the next week or so. Work on Tram 136 and Trolley Bus 34 goes on as members are available and the various tasks of grounds and works  are on-going. Our next major project is the painting of two timber buildings – by contractors under a State Government Grant.

In 1936, the City Council began converting 6 of its open-sided ‘Toastracks’ (of c 1925 vintage or earlier) into fully enclosed trams called ‘Baby Centre Aisle Cars’. These were to become the mainstay of two short city routes—Queen Street to Gregory Terrace and Queen Street to the Botanical Gardens (now the City Botanical Gardens). 99 was the last of these to be converted. They carried 32 passengers. There were no conductors on these runs — passengers simply dropped a penny into a glass-fronted box under the watchful eye of the motorman!

Both services ran for about 11 years until 14 June 1947.

99 is an active tram within our fleet, and is operational every Sunday afternoon from 12.30 to 4.00 pm weather permitting.

Meanwhile, the Men’s Shed is always busy and is engaged in a number of projects in support of the tram operations and maintenance. It is also currently supporting local sports teams with works for their club buildings.

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