The wheels are in motion as Springfest fun chugs along

Ticket to yesteryear: Neville Britton and Len Millar of the Ballarat Tramway Museum sell $2 vintage tram rides. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

Ticket to yesteryear: Neville Britton and Len Millar of the Ballarat Tramway Museum sell $2 vintage tram rides. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

Muscle against metal: Perfit Health and Fitness (left) and CB Training use brute strength to pull the heavy loads along Wendouree Parade. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

Muscle against metal: Perfit Health and Fitness (left) and CB Training use brute strength to pull the heavy loads along Wendouree Parade. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

Trams, trains and rail were in hot demand at Sunday’s Springfest by Lake Wendouree.

The annual Ballarat City Subaru Trample – a tram-pulling competition – attracted plenty of strong men and women keen to test their mettle against the machine.

Yesteryear beauties: Bill Coats with his delightful wooden trains. Plenty of shoppers used Springfest as an ideal Christmas shopping locale. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

Yesteryear beauties: Bill Coats with his delightful wooden trains. Plenty of shoppers used Springfest as an ideal Christmas shopping locale. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

Trample co-organiser Leigh Marriott said the event had five heats and five teams, all Ballarat organisations, with the winner decided by which team had the lowest cumulative time in pulling the tram to the end of the track.

Mr Marriott said this year’s winner was CB Training Centre, who also won last year’s event.

“There were accountants, real estate agents, grain businesses, and there were two gyms,” he said.

“It just happened two gym teams got through (to the finals).”

Also fitting in with the rail theme for the day was the Ballarat Tramway Museum, which was offering $2 vintage tram rides.

Meanwile, vendor Bill Coats did fine trade selling wooden, painted toy trains.