Tasmanian Transport Museum, Hobart

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The Tasmanian Transport Museum is a museum located in Glenorchy, Tasmania, preserving and exhibiting a collection relating to Tasmanian transport history including items such as locomotives, carriages, ephemera and railroadiana.
In 1960, the Metropolitan Transport Trust donated a Hobart tramcar to be preserved, and as a result the Tasmanian Transport Museum Society was founded in 1962, with the aim of preserving representative items of transport interest that were disappearing from everyday life.
The first decade of the Society's existence saw the preservation of many items that had been donated or purchased, and it was not until 1972 that a site adjacent to the railway station in Glenorchy was leased from the Glenorchy City Council. After the laying of track, the first items were moved there in 1976.
After this time, the museum prospered in building on the site, with an electric traction shed built in 1976, as well as the Steam Technology building in 1983, a carriage shed in 1984 and a roundhouse in 1986. The most recent additions to the museum include a Fire Services shed completed in 2004, and a Road Transport shed completed in 2013.
In 1979, after the cessation of passenger train services in Tasmania, the Museum purchased and moved the former New Town railway station building to the site in sections, and this was completed in 1980. The Museum also acquired a railway turntable from Brighton and a signal cabin from the Botanical Gardens railway halt.
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  • We went for a kids birthday party and fun was had by old and young. Steam train rides are a great novelty and they have a wealth of different cool old vehicles.  more »
  • I had assumed that it was going toy be a bit dull, and was going for the kids, but my husband and I ended up enjoying it as much as they did. Lots of things to see, and short ride on the steam train....  more »
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  • We all had a great time there for about 3 hours. Kids loved the train ride, and there were great exhibits. There are a number of exhibits that the kids can climb over, which they loved
  • A fantastic museum containing historic busses and fire engines, trains and trams. The operators have captured historic and significant vehicles and have a wonderful display. The guides are informative, genuine and down to earth retired Fire Fighters. A great experience and worth it. Donate and keep the place open for generations to come.
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