Step back in time with a visit to the Tasmanian Transport Museum. Parents and grandparents can relive their own childhood memories while introducing the next generation to this unforgettable part of Tasmania’s history. See the trains, trams and buses that were once a common sight throughout Tasmania. On selected days enjoy a short train ride and relive train travel from a bygone era.
A little bit about our beginnings
In 1960 four men from Hobart persuaded the Metropolitan Transport Trust (MTT) to donate a Hobart tram for preservation. From this small beginning, the Tasmanian Transport Museum Society was formally established in 1962. In 1965 the society purchased its first railway locomotive and on 3 December 1983, the museum site was officially opened to the public.
Over the years, development of the museum site has included the laying of rail tracks, building of a roundhouse and numerous sheds to house our carriages, buses, trams and steam technology exhibits.
The former New Town railway station, signal box from the Botanical Gardens and other historic items have been relocated to the museum over the years, providing an authentic setting for the display and operation of rail exhibits.
The Tasmanian Transport Museum Society (TTMS) has two main aims:
- to establish and maintain a museum in which items of interest concerning Tasmanian transport will be preserved and displayed; and
- to further interest and research into transport, with particular reference to Tasmania.