About Vintage Tramway Festival 2018
The annual Vintage Tramway Festival is a celebration of the former Sydney tramway system, once one of the largest systems in the world. Many of the trams which will be operating for the Festival are over 100 years old, and for some of these trams the annual Festival day is the only opportunity for the public to ride them.
But it’s not just tram rides, our displays include electric trams from around Australia and around the world, a steam tram motor, a Sydney trolleybus, and tramway maintenance vehicles and machinery.
We have a small kiosk for coffee, tea, ice creams, drinks, and the local Scouts will be running a barbeque.
Your ticket price includes admission to the Museum and tram rides for the day.
About the Museum
The Sydney Tramway Museum is now over 60 years old, and from the beginning has been owned and operated by volunteers. We are non-profit, and we receive no ongoing funding from government. It is ticket sales and donations that allow us to keep going. If you’d like to make a donation (donations over $2 are tax deductible), and/or get involved, please speak to us when you visit.
To make fares fair for different families, pay normal admission for two adults and one child, or one adult and two children, and the rest of the children in the immediate family get in for free. For the purpose of a family ticket, we will accept whichever adults are looking after the children – grandparents, aunts/uncles, guardian/carer. Choose the family ticket that matches your family, then add free tickets for the rest of the children.
Children under 5 are free.
If you’re bringing someone else’s children as well, they aren’t immediate family – but we’ll call that ‘extended family’. Pay for your family as above, add ‘FAMILY EXTENDER’ for the first two children of the other family, and any further children in that family also get in for free.
¹ Wheelchairs, prams, etc.
The Museum site is wheelchair accessible, but the trams themselves are heritage vehicles - most of them over 60 years old - and typically have two or more steps to enter, and narrow doorways. We have a platform from which wheelchair customers can board a tram, but on the Festival day the large number of visitors makes it difficult to operate a tram from the platform. It may be possible to run a wheelchair-accessible trip on the Festival day, but this is not assured and if it does happen it is likely to be mid-afternoon.
Some of the trams have very high steps which people with reduced mobility may need assistance on. At the main tram stop in the Museum grounds, we can provide portable steps to make boarding easier, but these are not available at either the Sutherland (Waratah Park) or National Park termini.
Many of the trams have doorways which are too narrow to fit a pram through, but there will be spaces where you can leave your pram while you ride the tram.
The Museum has an indoor display area, but the real action is outdoors, with not much shelter. Come prepared for the weather – sunscreen and hats, and/or wet weather gear. The weather will have to be pretty extreme to prevent the Festival happening.