G'day all, on the Victorian Labour Day long weekend Ballarat holds theBegonia Festival in the Botanical Gardens and the Ballarat Tramway Museumruns an intensive service with the financial assistance and support of theCouncil. Travel is free but tickets are issued. This year we carried over8000 happy passengers again and depending on the numbers we run between twoand five cars between 0900 and 1730 hours and all cars carry conductors.The W3 and W4 are the backbone of the service and are in traffic all dayand are supplemented by two or three single truckers, mostly two for muchof the day. The Ws are used because of their wide doorways, they can carrymultiple prams, depending on the size of the prams of course. The Ballaratbogie cars both have narrow doors and there are some very big prams aroundthese days. I worked all three days and was pretty weary by late Monday,both motor traffic and pedestrian movements are chaotic and we areconstantly moving except on Monday while the Parade is on.
Some photos attached.
Much of the time we were just too busy to get photos but I'm sure plenty ofphotos were taken by others. The tramway has a house at Bungaree just outof Ballarat so a few of us were able to stay there, have a meal, a beer ortwo and tell a few lies after each busy day. A tiring weekend but a lot offun.
Regards to all TDUs,