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The Ferny Grove Men's Shed is situated within the grounds of the Brisbane Tramway Museum at 50 Tramway Street Ferny Grove. (Next door to the Ferny Grove Bowls Club). Meetings are held at the museum on Tuesdays with the site open from 8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM.

The Ferny Grove Men's Shed is affiliated with the The Australian Menís Shed Association (AMSA). The Ferny Grove Men's Shed is a shed with a difference as it is a group of active volunteers who are primarily involved in all of the vital and necessary activities to build, maintain and operate the Brisbane Tramway Museum.

The type of activities engaged in by the Men's Shed is varied and depends upon what is on the program at the time.
Activities include:

Museum Grounds

  • Gardening and Landscaping.
  • Establishing new gardens.
  • Grounds maintenance / mowing.

  • Museum Buildings

  • General building maintenance.
  • Historic building restoration.
  • Establishing new displays.

  • Tram Restoration and
    Regular Maintenance

  • Timber body and panel work.
  • Painting / Spray painting.
  • Boilermaking / Welding.
  • Fitting and Turning / Heavy Engineering.
  • Upholstery and Trim.
  • Tram Mechanical & Electrical.
  • Tram fleet maintenance

  • Trolley Bus Restoration:

  • Panel work / painting.
  • Upholstery and Trim.
  • Establishing a Trolley Bus Display.

  • Tramway Track:

  • Regular track maintenance.
  • Track design and layout.
  • Track construction.

  • Tramway Overhead Wiring:

  • Overhead design and layout.
  • Overhead construction and maintenance.

  • Tramway Electrical Substation:

  • Construction and fit out of a new substation to be a 1930's Tramway Electrical Technology Display Building.
  • Restoration of historic electrical equipment.
  • Regular substation maintenance.

  • Special Note: A current electrical trade certificate is required for all electrical work at the museum.

    Museum Archives and Records:

  • Cataloguing, digitising, and preservation of tramway plans, drawings, documents and photographs.

  • Museum Displays:

  • Restoring historic items and equipment.
  • Establishing new historic displays.

  • Museum Vehicles:

  • Maintaining historic vehicles.
  • Motor mechanic type works.
  • Diesel mechanic type works.
  • Maintaining the lawn mower fleet.

  • Museum Traffic Operations:

    The TRAMS Group also supports and assists the Operational (Traffic) Section of the museum.

  • Gift shop sales attendant.
  • Tram crew: Conductor.
  • Tram crew: Driver (Motorman).
  • Museum tour guide.
  • Tram cleaning crew.

  • I don't know anything about trams!

    No problems, we will teach you the necessary work methods and work practices to be able to do the different types of work at the museum. If you do not wish to work on the trams then there are many other types of work around the museum.

    Is there a membership fee ?

    Yes, the one annual fee covers membership of both the Men's Shed and the Tramway Museum.

    Annual membership fees are:
  • $55 (Inc GST) Full Membership.
  • $22 (Inc GST) Concession Membership.

  • Concession Membership is available to persons who are not in full time employment, persons who hold a Centrelink Transport Concession Card, and persons who are full time students in an educational facility and hold a current student Identification Card.

    What facilities are there for volunteers ?

  • Air conditioned meal room.
  • Microwave oven / refrigerator.
  • Tea and coffee is provided.
  • Water cooler / drink fountain.
  • Locker room / shower / toilets.
  • Car parking on site.

  • Is there a safety and orientation induction?

    Yes. Due to the different type of work undertaken by the volunteers, and that the workshop areas are in essence an industrial type work area, there is site orientation and safety induction training.

    Does the Brisbane City Council or the Queensland State Government own the museum.?

    No. The museum is owned and operated by The Brisbane Tramway Museum Society, a Not for Profit, Australian Public Company, Limited by Guarantee.

    Is there paid staff at the museum?

    No. The museum is being built, maintained and operated solely by volunteers.

    Will I be able to drive the trams ?

    Yes. At selected times during the year, the Men's Shed members have a non working day which comprises a "Social Day" with Bar-B-Que lunch and tram driving under the direct "one on one" supervision of a qualified Senior Tram Driver.

    Can I drive trams and carry passengers in traffic?

    Yes. However it is necessary to undertake the full training course and examination to qualify firstly as a tram conductor and then as a tram driver. You will also need to meet certain medical fitness requirements and you must hold a Queensland Drivers Licence Class "C" before commencing training.

    Contact the Museum:

    Men's Shed coordinator
    (07) 3551 1776 (Tuesdays only)
    Note: Phone may divert to answering machine.

    email address


    The Brisbane Tramway Museum Society ACN 009 793 604