Restoration of heritage Hobart trams – A key goal of the Society is the restoration of tram 120 (built 1936) to full operating condition. In future years new projects for volunteers would see the eventual restoration of other trams that we have acquired for preservation, including tram 116 (built 1940) and tram 106 (built 1934).
Provision of a specialised restoration facility – Just as important as the end-point of restored trams will be the journey in achieving that goal. We perceive the process as taking place in a 'men’s shed' kind of environment (open of course to interested ladies as well!) where a wide range of volunteers, skilled and unskilled, can join the Society and share in the learning, the pride, the satisfaction and the camaraderie arising from the restoration work. The restoration of just one tram generally takes a number of years, so work of this nature is likely to be ongoing for some time.
Offering a tourist heritage tram service – Once we have trams restored to full operational condition, it is our hope to see them offering rides along a portion of disused rail line. Initially this would likely entail running a service from the Regatta Grounds to the Botanical Gardens, but could eventually extend as far Cornelian Bay. Also, in the future it would also be ideal to extend track in a southern direction into the Macquarie Point precinct as it is developed.
Establishing a tram museum, workshop and storage facility – Central to these plans will be a depot located below the Regatta Groundsthat will be a tram storage facility, restoration and maintenance workshop, and museum for Hobart tram-related memorabilia, artefacts, history and static tram displays.