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The Tramway Heritage Centre, Bylands is the home for the majority of the TMSV's preserved tramway fleet.  The TMSV is responsible for operating and preserving trams from Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and Adelaide.


Some of our trams are also housed in the Melbourne Tram Museum @ Hawthorn Tram Depot and can be viewed there.


Click here to see our tram collection.

SHED NO. 1 - RH PRENTICE


The operating trams for the Tramway Heritage Centre, Bylands are located in the Tram Sheds No.1 & No.2.  In here you will find a variety of trams from Melbourne, Ballarat & Adelaide.

SHED NO. 2 - BEN HURREN


The operating trams for the Tramway Heritage Centre, Bylands are located in the Tram Sheds No.1 & No.2.  In here you will find a variety of trams from Melbourne, Ballarat & Adelaide.




EXHIBITION GOODS SHED

 

The Exhibition Goods Shed, a timber and corrugated iron structure, originally formed the central avenue of the International Exhibition of 1880-81 in the Carlton Gardens. It was relocated to the Spencer Street rail yards in 1881.


The Exhibition Goods Shed functioned as the grain store accommodating bagged brewer’s grain for most of its years in the Spencer Street rail yards.  It is one of the oldest remnants of the great 19th century railway goods sheds.


As part of the Docklands redevelopment, the Exhibition Goods Shed was relocated to the Tramway Heritage Centre during 1999-2001.  This work was funded by the Docklands Authority, and performed by Kane Constructions under the direction of the architects Allom Lovell & Associates.


This building is a listed heritage place under the Heritage Act (1995).


International Exhibition photo - Museum Victoria Collection


CABLE CAR & BUS SHEDS


Several examples of other cable cars are housed in our cable car shed.  Our Bus Shed houses a variety of buses that were utilised with the M&MTB and The Met.


NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


This shelter was constructed in 1923 by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board, and is of timber construction with a tile roof. It originally was located at the Batman Avenue terminus opposite Flinders Street Station that was used by Wattle Park trams. It was placed out of service due to diversion of Batman Avenue services into Flinders Street as the result of the construction of Federation Square.

 

The TMSV is currently seeking funding to enable its re-erection at Bylands.




WILLIAM STREET POLES


Along the main operating line of the Tramway Heritage Centre, are the ornate tramway poles that were originally located along William Street in Melbourne.  The poles were subsequently removed by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board upon a modernization project for the street and were donated to the TMSV for use on their future Bylands site.



OTHER INTERESTING ITEMS


Around the Heritage Centre are an assortment of tramway items that were utilised in the Melbourne system.  From a historic letterbox and cabinets that use to hold tramway electronic equipment.  These are some of the items placed into the TMSV's care and housed at the Tramway Heritage Centre, Bylands.  




The Tramway Heritage Centre, Bylands is nestled in the Great Dividing Range near the tallest point of the region at "Pretty Sally".


As soon as you step out of your car in the car park, you will notice the rolling hills in the distance.  From the lush beautiful green in the winter time with the rains to the harsh brown dry grass as a result of the Australian summer.


The best way to experience a visit to the Tramway Heritage Centre is to take a ride out on one of our electric trams and see the cows and sheep grazing in the paddocks, and also see the occasional horse galloping.


You might also be lucky to see one of many native Australian birds that also frequent the Tramway Heritage Centre.




The Tramway Heritage Centre, Bylands is located on the former Bylands Railway Station precinct on the former Heathcote Junction to Bendigo Railway.  The existing car park is located on the former Good Shed platform.


The Tramway Heritage Centre's Caretakers House is actually the former Station Masters/Caretaker's residence, located behind the passenger platform.


The Electric Tramway runs along the formation of the railway line and can be seen continuing from the Northern Terminus of the Tramway Heritage Centre's operating line.


What to see Our Tramcar Fleet Tramcar, Cable Car & Bus Sheds Batman Avenue Shelter Assorted Tramway Items The Great Dividing Range Railway Remnants