The Conductor rings the bell twice, the motorman sounds the gong, moves a large handle clockwise with the left hand, releases the brakes with his right and the tramcar moves forward. The Conductor in the time honoured manner issues paper tickets, clips them with a punch and chats to our passengers. There are no ticket machines in use on Ballarat trams. At the next marked stop, the tram comes to a halt and picks up or sets down passengers and then continues on. All our tram crews are volunteers and it is a great way to meet and chat with our passengers who are often visitors to Ballarat. Virtually every day, there is something for volunteers to do- volunteer work for everybody, even those with two left hands! Some of the jobs are:

  • Driving and conducting on the trams in Wendouree Parade
  • Maintaining and restoring the tramcars themselves
  • Maintaining our infrastructure
  • Depot Guide
  • Museum Assistant
  • Cataloguing our archive collection

Training and help is given for all positions. Driving and conducting jobs are subject to a medical assessment. Volunters must be Members of the Museum, in order to be covered by volunteer insurance.

Images from our 2016 Annual Report of our volunteers at work.

our volunteers at work from our 2014 Annual Report

For some more photos of our activities visit our Pinterest page:

Our volunteers over the years have kept our trams running.  We always need new volunteers to help us to preserve Ballarat tramway heritage into the future. It is a great way to get involved in Ballarat's vibrant community.

Interested?  Contact us:

  • email -

  • Phone - 5334 1580

  • or visit the depot and discuss options with our volunteers.

  • or hop on a tram and chat with the crew.

We look forward to working with you as a volunteer.

Or contact us via Volunteer Connections, Ballarat Volunteer Resource Centre, where further information on positions is available.

Ballarat Tramway Museum Inc. - PO Box 632 Ballarat Vic 3353 Australia - - phone +61 3 5334 1580. A0031819K


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