Bendigo Tramways Depot and Workshop
Architect: Kelleher Associates, Michael Taylor, 1901, 2003, 2011
Bendigo | BEN11
The Bendigo Tramways Depot was built in 1901 for the Electric Supply Company of Australia Ltd. At the time of building, the property also included what is today the Bendigo Woollen Mills, which housed the steam engines, generators and boiler until 1972. In addition to the tramway shed, the facility included cooling ponds, a blacksmith’s shop, carpenter’s shed, elevator house, and other support buildings. The Tramways Depot and Workshop may not have survived until today had it not been for the Bendigo community’s will to keep the trams running in Bendigo once they were shut down as a public transport option. This led to the introduction of the tourist tram service in 1972. The tourist tram service celebrated 46 years of service in 2018, which has resulted in this building now being recognised as the oldest operating tram depot in Australia. The tram shed has undergone numerous additions in recent times including the addition of the engineering workshop (2003), shed extension and the modification of buildings to make the site more suitable for tourism activities (2011). Bendigo Tramways is known nationally and internationally for its heritage tram restoration capabilities and its rare collection of heritage trams.
Self-guided tours of tram depot and trams available during the opening hours. Guided conductor led guided tours at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm running for 45 minutes. Groups are limited to 15 people at a time, arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Join the Workshop Manager and the Tramways CEO on a specialist in-depth pre-booked tour: 12pm Saturday and 12pm Sunday only. Pre-booked only, visit universe.com/openhousebendigo for tickets.
Need to Know
Open: Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October 10am-4.30pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Open Entry, Self-guided
Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm, running for 45 minutes in groups of 15
Access: Limited mobility. All ages
Notes: Toilets available, refreshments available, covered shoes.
Kids Activity: Discover the colourful history of Bendigo’s iconic tram fleet and see the techniques involved in restoring a tram to its former glory. If you are lucky you might even meet Birney the cat, Tramways Superintendent and chief mouse catcher.
Building Type: Transport
Architecture Era: Federation/Edwardian (1902-1918)
Photo Credit: 1. David Field
1 Tramways Ave, Bendigo VIC 3550, Bendigo VIC