Tags: education, historical, museum
The museum was officially opened at its original site at the edge of the Royal National Park by NSW Deputy Premier Pat Hills in 1965. It was subsequently relocated to its new, larger site which opened on March 19, 1988. Besides an extensive collection of trams from Sydney and other Australian and world cities, the tramway museum includes two running lines radiating from the museum. One line runs 1.5 km north almost to Sutherland railway station, paralleling a suburban highway in a way typical of Sydney's previous tram system.
The second utilises a former railway branch off CityRail's Illawarra railway line to penetrate 2 km into the Royal National Park that flanks Sydney's southern boundary. A number of Sydney's suburban electric train services used to terminate at Royal National Park, but the line closed in 1991, and Waterfall is now the southern terminus for suburban electric train services on the Illawarra line.