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Enjoy Ballarat's Living History by travelling by tram with the Ballarat Tramway Museum.History lives in Ballarat and in Wendouree Parade. Take a ride in one of the 100 year old trams which provided Ballarat's main form of public transport until 1971. The vintage tram ride covers almost one and a half kilometres of original line through the beautiful Botanical Gardens situated by the western side of the tranquil Lake Wendouree. The journey takes about 20 minutes.The Ballarat Vintage Tramway is operated by the Ballarat Tramway Museum Inc., formed to keep alive a tramway experience that has otherwise disappeared from the streets of Ballarat.The Museum is one of a few purely volunteer groups in the world operating tramcars on a public road and over a section of original track.At the depot there is a museum where the story of the Ballarat trams and its people is told through photographs, historic films and tramway memorabilia. The tramcar fleet and workshops area can also be inspected. Guided tours can be arranged. Souvenir items may be purchased.The tramcar collection includes Ballarat Horse Tram No. 1, dating from 1887 and two trams, under restoration, from the original Electric Supply Company of Victoria fleet. The running fleet consists of nine tramcars which initially ran in Melbourne and arrived in Ballarat between 1930 and 1951, and four acquired directly from Melbourne by the Museum.
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Prior booking is not required for visitors during opening hours.
The Museum also welcomes Probus, school and other groups visiting outside normal operating hours by prior arrangement. Wedding and functions utilising the trams can be arranged.