Remembering the final day of Ballarat's SEC operated Trams - 19-9-1971.
Running out to the City.
Tram 34, running empty, makes its last trip by Lake Wendouree during daylight. Trams ran out of the depot on Sundays around 1pm. Photo: BTM Collection.
Strolling down Lydiard St North.
Tram No 40, the designated "Last Tram" makes its way southbound in Lydiard St North on a trip to Sebastopol. Photo: Tony Smith.
Racing the gates.
The gates are opening; 40 is on the move with them so as to be the first across. Photo: Campbell Duncan.
An amazing scene at Sebastopol.
The Ballarat Courier estimated there were 5000 people watching. The last tram left with an estimated 180 passengers on board. Photo David Endacott
Room for more.
Yes, there was room for the photographer to squeeze in, before the tram left at 11.02pm. Photo: Warren Doubleday
Piping the last tram.
The Ballarat Highland Pipe band piped the tram across the boundary between the City of Ballaarat and the Borough of Sebastopol. Photo: N.L. Harvey & Son.
Blocking Drummond St South.
It was time for all the passengers to get off at Hospital Corner. Only tramway men and families were allowed to travel back to the depot. Photo: David Endacott.
Breaking the streamers.
Some 300 people watched 40 enter the depot gates just after midnight. Photo: BTM Collection.
Into the Depot.
Lou Walker, the longest serving driver, drives 40 into the depot building for the final time. Photo: Warren Doubleday
A chapter ends for Ballarat's trams.
When the doors closed, we all saw this sign. Trams have not gone from Ballarat thanks to the Ballarat Tramway Museum. Photo: BTM Collection.