Grant keeps tram restoration project on track

THE Ballarat Tramway Musueam will receive $10,000 to restore Ballarat’s century-old Tram No.18. 

Renewal: Roger Gosney and Peter Waugh with the historic Tram No.18 at the Ballarat Tramway Museum. PICTURE: Dylan Burns

Renewal: Roger Gosney and Peter Waugh with the historic Tram No.18 at the Ballarat Tramway Museum. PICTURE: Dylan Burns

The museum’s vice-president Paul Mong said the grant would go a long way to helping with the restoration costs, which may be more than $30,000. 

“This work will take about 12 months to complete and will be completed by our dedicated volunteers,” he said. 

“The museum is very excited about the next 12 months and delivering key projects that will make the museum sustainable for the future so it can maintain being a working museum.”

Mr Mong said he was surprised to get the funding at this time, despite it being a pre-election promise from the federal government.

“It is the only model of this type of tram in Australia. This one (No.18) is quite significant,” he said. 

The tram will be repainted, and will undergo vital electrical and mechanical work to keep it running, according to Victorian Senator Michael Ronaldson. 

“The vital restoration work for Tram No.18 will return it to its former glory when it ran around the streets of Ballarat,” he said. 

“The project will help the museum preserve its working collection and continue to provide visitors and locals the unique experience of what it is like to travel on a historic tram.”

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