This Victorian Labour Day Weekend (second weekend in March) marks fifty years since the demise of the Footscray Local Tramways, so over the last month or so I have sorted through my collection of historic photos and taken photos of the same scenes recently.
A map of the proposed, as built and as at the time of closure
As the Footscray Local Tramways ended well before I was born, it is only through reading about it, collecting photos, and having pleasant chats with elderly locals, that all this history can come alive.
The layout 'Victoria Street' has been part inspired by this local history, as the first tram model that I adapted is from a Bachmann Brill trolley into the MMTB X1 460 several years ago.
So as a tribute to the Footscray Local Tramways I have compiled this video of 'Then and Now'
For more colourful history of the Footscray Tramways