The Sydney Tramway Museum
is an operating tramway museum, located in Loftus
in the southern suburbs of Sydney
. Sydney Tramway Museum is the trading name of the South Pacific Electric Railway (SPER).
The museum was officially opened at its original site at the edge of the Royal National Park by NSW Deputy Premier Pat Hills in 1965. It was subsequently relocated to its new larger site, across the Princes Hwy which opened on 19 March 1988. Prior to the opening of the new site the (STM) had operating tramways at both locations. Besides an extensive collection of trams
from Sydney and other Australian and world cities, the tramway museum includes two running lines radiating from the museum. One line runs 1.5 km north almost to Sutherland railway station
, paralleling a suburban highway in a way typical of Sydney's previous tram system.
The second utilises a former railway branch off CityRail's Illawarra railway line
to penetrate 2 km into the Royal National Park
that flanks Sydney's southern boundary. A number of Sydney's suburban electric train services used to terminate at Royal National Park, but the line closed in 1991, and Waterfall
is now the southern terminus for suburban electric train services on the Illawarra line.
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 generous donations from the public.
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