Sydney Tramway Museum, Loftus

The Sydney Tramway Museum began life in 1950. From 1957 the Museum operated from a large corrugated iron shed alongside what is now today the Parklink tramline, on the opposite side of the Princes Highway from the current site. In 1988, the Museum moved to its current premises next to Loftus railway station.

The museum has an extensive collection of trams from Sydney and cities in Australia and around the world.

There are two tram lines from the museum used to run tram rides for museum visitors. The first runs 1.5 km north almost to Sutherland railway station, paralleling Rawson Avenue in the way Sydney's tram system operated, the second utilises a former railway that once branched off Sydney Train's Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra (T4) railway line that 2 km into the Royal National Park that flanks Sydney's southern boundary.

The Sydney Tramway Museum is run entirely by volunteers and self funds its day to day activities, restorations and construction programs from gate takings and donations from the public.
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  • Located a couple of minutes walk from Loftus train station, it's a bit of a journey from the city but worth it. The museum has an impressive collection of trams with lots of information boards. The...  more »
  • Experienced riding 100 year old trams with a barbeque in great bushland setting between rides. History of the City of Sydney in photographs in the museum was very interesting. .  more »
  • We love visiting the Tramway Museum. The kids love riding the tram to the national park and to Sutherland, and the museum is great to see a range of old trams from many countries. The volunteer staff are all friendly and knowledgeable, and it's great fun to see them operate the trams as they did back in the day. There is seating for picnics, a small canteen, and a small shop for souvenirs and gifts.
  • A wonderful volunteer-run museum filled with many artifacts from the now-extinct Sydney Tramway Network. The entry fee also includes as many rides on the operating trams that day. The trams run on a dedicated line that extends into the Royal National Park. Riders can disembark at the Royal National Park and visit the National Park if they so wish. There are a number of picnic tables (where you can enjoy your own BYO lunch) located at the Tram Museum under and around the old Railway Square Waiting Station, which was relocated from Railway Square in Sydney CBD to the Museum many years ago. A small kiosk on site sells refreshments, such as soft drinks, juice, chips and ice creams. The Display Hall houses a number of significant heritage items, including trams from overseas and from other parts of Australia. Many of the trams are kept in running condition and can be operated by the museum volunteers; indeed, on the day I visited, I was able to ride a Melbourne tram that was retired in the 1970's and a Brisbane Tram that was decommissioned in the 1960's! Be sure to look at the very unique Prison Tram in the display hall. The volunteers appear to work tirelessly to maintain and upgrade the museum. Their subject matter knowledge appears to be quite extensive, and the volunteers I encountered were eager, friendly and helpful. Children were encouraged to learn more about the trams and the history of the old tram networks that operated those trams.
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