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Our very own Jubilee.

Our Jubilee Celebration

On Sunday, a large crowd witnessed a re-enactment of an opening celebration back in March, 1965 when a bunch of young fellows first ran electrically powered trams for the public on a short length of bushland track inside the Royal National Park.Howard Collins OBE
This was the culmination of years of work.

At 11.30 a.m. with the assistance of Howard Collins, OBE, Chief Executive of Sydney Trains, we replicated our Museum's original opening ceremony.

The same tram, 154, was used for the opening words and the ceremony which followed.

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It had all started in 1950 when two young tram enthusiasts Norman Chinn (later Member Number One) and Ken McCarthy approached the Commissioner in charge of the trams and asked for a tram body for preservation.  Instead, the delighted CEO offered them a complete tram, number 154, in perfect working order which would kept safely in a depôt for them until they had found a site with space for a secure storage shed and trackage.  Tram rails, overhead wire, and  tram parts would easily be found for them, he forecast.

Rail motor

 Right: An old Cadillac had been transformed into a colliery rail bus. The team saw this as being worthy of further improvement to provide rides ahead of the day before electricity could be connected. The proud driver, Denis O'Brien, remains an enthusiastic motor technician at Loftus and attended the ceremony.

But the Commissioner's powers did not extend to granting them a site! 
So the two, with a gathering cluster of supporters, began searching Sydney.


More rare photos. Read the happy ending. Jubilee story Part 2.


 

Normal prices: Adults, $18; Concession tickets $12; School children, $10;

Pre-school children, Free

Family tickets: 2 adults and 2 or more children from the same family, $46.

 

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