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“the old way”

Brisbane Tramway Museum
Ranked #98 of 339 things to do in Brisbane
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Cranbourne, Australia
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“the old way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

It was a pleasure visiting the Brisbane tramway museum. Back to the old times where it's used to be the mode of transportation in the city. For the money that you spent, you get unlimited tram rides & you get to know a little bit of history. It's a pity that it's only open on a Sunday & closed on wet days.They are also open on other days to cater for bigger groups, special occasions like b-days etc., you just have to book in advance.

Worth visiting in Brisbane.

Visited March 2013
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Beaudesert, Australia
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“A bit of nostalgia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

A fun way to spend a couple of hours riding the old trams for old and young alike. The people running the place are all very informative and love what they are achieving in preserving this mode of transport of a bygone era.

Visited January 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“True to history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

I caught a Queensland Rail suburban train to the end of the line at Ferny Grive (half an hour or so from Roma St station, trains every half an hour on Sundays) and walked for about 12 minutes on a hot day. Coming out of the station, go to your left: at Conavalia Street turn left (i.e. walk up past where you just came on the train) and at Arbor Street, turn right, walk up its hill next to some native bushland and then turn left into Tramway Street: the museum is signposted.

Admission was A$13.

In an hour and a half I travelled on five trams, including the two vintage toastrack trams.

The three volunteers (driver, conductor and shop assistant) were immaculately attired in tramway uniforms complete with Foreign Legion style caps.

The ride is short but it goes up a small hill.

A small range of soft drinks (A$2) and a tiny range of snacks are available at the shop along with a good range of railway and tramway publications.

The grounds were pleasant: despite the 30 degree weather including high humidity, a group of 15 was picknicking in the grounds. There are toilets but no airconditioned rooms.

Visited December 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Fun afternoon experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

I've been here a few times over the years.

Car access is best, as public transport isn't the clsest with this one. Check for opening times, this is a small operation running on volunteers so they open for groups and to the public only at certain times.

As this is mostly outdoors (there is some coverage around) it is best to chose not wet or hot days. There are not a lot in other facilities (you can probably picnic, but there aren't any air-conditioned cafes to escape the heat)

Cost is fairly low (as at 2012: $13 per adult, $6 per school age child and family tickets available).

The volunteers have done up a number of Brisbane trams and they have a track on which you can ride up and down on. The times I've been there they rotate each around and it's 1.5 to 2 hours before you re-ride the same tram.

The ticket area also has a small museum in it with photos and other tram related stuff.

Visited July 2012
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“Good for transport junkies”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

A trip back to fifty (and even 100) years back - from old photographs. through tickets, uniforms, timetables, to signal boxes and three real trams to ride on. Very much a work in progress, and the exhibits really for the enthusiast (the rides will appeal to the whole family!) And there is a trolley bus too, with a reminder of what modern trolley-buses are like. A pity Brisbane has opted for busways rather than tramlines for its suburban needs

Visited August 2012
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