Trams have been part of Bendigo since 1890. While other regional tramways closed down with the advent of cars, Bendigo chose to keep a part of its track and trial a tourist service.
43 years later, the Vintage Talking Tram Tour is still going strong and heritage trams brighten up the streets each day. As a result, we now have one of the best working collections of heritage trams in the world!
But there’s a problem
Some of our rarest trams aren't in working order ... and this includes the 101-year-old J Class Tram No. 7. It is our mission to try and return trams like No. 7 to Bendigo's streets, but it is an expensive business.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
We've got the facilities to restore it.
We've got the skills to restore it.
We have the tram crew ready and raring to go.
We even have some of the money needed for the project ... but we just don't have enough to finish the job.
You can join us
We need to raise $30,000 to return Tram No. 7 to its former glory . We would love you to be part of the process and be able to say that you were one of the people to get it back on the road.
You won't believe the perks we have on offer ...
1. A collectors pack of individually labelled Bendigo Tramways beers - What a great Christmas gift! You'll definitely want to collect the bottles.
2. You could have your name etched onto one of the windows in Tram No. 7.
3. You can sponsor one of the seats, driver's cabins or controllers and we'll put your name on it.
4. If you're a business you can sponsor one of our external or interior advertising panels and use it to promote your products and services.
5. Be one of the first people to have your party on Tram No. 7 once it is restored and returns to the tracks!