About the Melbourne Tram Museum

The Melbourne Tram Museum (ABN 11 293 508 607) has been established by VicTrack. It is a volunteer-based non-profit group established under the Victorian Incorporations Act (incorporation number A0048167Z). It is composed of representatives from VicTrack, Heritage Victoria, honorary appointees with recognised expertise in tramway history and preservation, and elected representatives of its volunteer workers.

VicTrack is the government-owned entity that manages the rail-based property and infrastructure owned by the State of Victoria, including many of its historic rail locations and heritage railway/tramway equipment.

All staff at the Melbourne Tram Museum on open days are volunteers.

Our purpose is to:

  • establish and operate a volunteer group to assist in the development and maintenance of the depot and its exhibits and to staff the facility on open days
  • acquire, store and exhibit objects and information illustrating the history of Melbourne’s tramways and related matters on behalf of the Victorian people in perpetuity
  • maintain and develop the display of historic tramcars and associated objects
  • promote Melbourne tramway heritage initiatives
  • arrange and promote heritage tram operations
  • provide information on the heritage of street tramway services in Melbourne.

Our relationship with VicTrack:

  • VicTrack owns the depot and the majority of the exhibits – some exhibits are on loan from other tramway preservation groups.
  • VicTrack provides some funding for museum operation and capital expenditure. Other funding comes from our membership, and donations from the public.