Category Archives: Australia & NZ: Heritage

Princely praise: Charles lauds Melbourne tramways.

Prince Charles has created his share of headlines with his passionate advocacy for environmental causes, architecture and historic preservation. His worldview on sustainability and urban development also embraces tramways, as disclosed in HRH’s recent visit to Australia. In an address … Continue reading

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Bouncing back from disaster: Christchurch.

While we here in America are still working to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy days ago, one heritage tram operation overseas is eyeing a 2013 restoration of service in the wake of a much different natural disaster … Continue reading

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Bendigo heralds depot visitor facilities.

One of the world’s longest-serving and most successful heritage tramway operations this week feted the capstone project of a major depot renovation scheme. According to this Bendigo Advertiser report, Bendigo Tramways on Tuesday held a celebration to mark the completion … Continue reading

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Sydney eyes new LRT as tram anniversary approaches.

It’s a bit of political one-upsmanship to warm the hearts of tram advocates. As reported in the Feb. 24 edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, the transport spokeswoman for the New South Wales opposition “will today release plans for a … Continue reading

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Backing the W-class: ‘Like Edna not living in Moonee Ponds.’

Melbourne without its W-class trams? Darling, it’s just inconceivable. In an interview Sunday with The Age newspaper, Oscar-winning Australian animator Adam Elliott offered his support for the campaign to save Melbourne’s remaining W-class trams from extinction. According to the article by Ruth … Continue reading

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God Save the Ws: Preventing cultural vandalism in Melbourne.

Glad to hear someone cares. Efforts by preservation-minded souls to prevent the wholesale banishment of Melbourne’s historic W-class trams may be bearing some fruit. As reported on Sunday by The Age newspaper, Victorian Transport Minister Martin Pakula “has promised to … Continue reading

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Surviving ‘trolley parks’ in focus

Long before the creation of sprawling, soulless, sanitized entertainment complexes, generations of Americans enjoyed themselves at authentic amusement parks. These were places that smelled of old wood, popcorn and greasy fried food, where the music was a little too tinny and loud, where the … Continue reading

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