Tasmanian Transport Museum Society Inc

The Museum aims to preserve representative items of transport interest and has developed into an important community asset in the Glenorchy Municipality. The museum also has two heritage building, being the former station buildings located at New Town and Botanical Gardens. In addition small artefacts associated with road and rail transport are displayed. The museum caters for the cultural and educational needs of those who live in the area as well as those who find pleasure in Tasmanian transport heritage: those enthusiasts for whom past forms of transport and associated memorabilia have a particular fascination. The museum operates train rides on the first and third Sunday of each month. Other Society activities include holding monthly members meetings, producing a monthly newsletter and maintaining archive and research facilities relating to Tasmanian transport

Collections

The museum holds a small but significant collection of transport vehicles and smaller artefacts mostly relating to public land transport in Tasmania. The railway displays are centred around the restored station buildings as well as a reproduction locomotive roundhouse and carriage shed. Many vehicles are operational or close to operational including steam locomotives C22 (1902) and M5 (1952), the DP and PT class railcars (1939 & 1950), diesel electric locomotives X1 (1950, Australia's first mainline diesel electric) and Y4 'Rowallan' (1964), and five passenger carriages. Other notable exhibits include heavy steam locomotives Q5 (1923) and H1 (1951), one of the famous Mt Lyell Abt locomotives (No. 2), a Climax logging locomotive, a vertical boilered logging locomotive and a Ruston diesel engine shunting locomotive. The tram collection includes the complete Hobart bogie car No. 141 and the bodies of Hobart double deck tram No. 46 and Launceston single deck tram No. 13. Two complete Hobart trolley buses are on display, and a number of operational buses previously operated by the Metropolitan Transport Trust, Trans Australia Airlines, Ace Coaches and Wise's Bus Service. An operational Robey road locomotive is also on display. Numerous small items complement the large vehicles, including photos, tickets, models, uniforms, displays, relics and fettlers trolleys.