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Ash­ford, north­ern New South Wales.

It was also touched up be­fore Mel­bourne’s Moomba Fes­ti­val in 2001 and was used for an en­thu­si­asts’ tour in 200 .

The Bondi tram fea­tures seats re­cov­ered from the 19 Syd­ney ferry ooleen.

Its side-load­ing fea­ture will help deal with sum­mer crowds vis­it­ing Auck­land oo, Mo­tat and West­ern Springs.

Mr eff says the tram reached New ea­land shores af­ter com­ing on a flat rack on a con­tainer ship.

“It took a few days to get here and sus­tained no dam­age in com­ing across.

“It is sim­i­lar to Mel­bourne trams but to tramway en­thu­si­asts it is com­pletely dif­fer­ent.”

The mu­seum has nine op­er­a­tional trams – which in­clude three from Mel­bourne, the lat­est ad­di­tion from Syd­ney and the re­main­der from Auck­land and Welling­ton.

Mo­tat mar­ket­ing man­ager An­gela Willis says it is great to have this piece of his­tory.

“Our num­bers are in­creas­ing ev­ery year and the trams are very pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors.

“It is larger than the Auck­land trams so we can ex­pand our ser­vice.

veryone can ex­pe­ri­ence it.”

Mo­tat trams car­ried 170,000 pas­sen­gers in the past 12 months.

Work­ers are also busy re­fur­bish­ing a Welling­ton dou­ble-decker tram that should be op­er­a­tional by March.

Mr eff says: “The tramway has be­come more and more pop­u­lar. We’re not a stuffy old mu­seum – our dis­plays are al­ways chang­ing.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

All aboard: Mo­tat tramway man­ager Colin Zeff says this Bondi Beach tram will soon be run­ning on the West­ern Springs line.

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