About Newstead Tramcars
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Australia is a huge source of old streetcars and parts. For many years, the proprietors of NEWSTEAD TRAMCARS (Len Millar and Darren Hutchesson) have been acquiring parts from retired Melbourne streetcars and parts for eventual reuse. NEWSTEAD TRAMCARS is therefore well placed to respond to an increasing world-wide demand for heritage streetcars.

NEWSTEAD TRAMCARS was established in 2000, because we recognised the need for “as new” heritage streetcars in both the local and overseas markets. NEWSTEAD TRAMCARS produces only the highest quality restored streetcars, completely rebuilt to perform reliably for decades to come! This claim is backed by readily accessible technical expertise, and a full catalogue of spare parts. This back-up guarantee can only be made because NEWSTEAD TRAMCARS applies the highest quality control to the rebuild process.
Len Millar and Darren Hutchesson between them have over 40 years of experience in the field of preservation, restoration and operation of heritage streetcars.

Len has (since 1969) been variously a member, Life Member, Board Member, Secretary and/or President of the Tramway Museum Society of Victoria (Bylands, Vic.), the Ballarat Tramway Museum Inc., the Bendigo Trust (trading as Central Deborah - Bendigo Tramways), the Australian Railway Historical Society; and the Castlemaine and Maldon Railway Preservation Society (trading as the Victorian Goldfields Railway).
 

Len has (since 1969) been variously a member, Life Member, Board Member, Secretary and/or President of the Tramway Museum Society of Victoria (Bylands, Vic.), the Ballarat Tramway Museum Inc., the Bendigo Trust (trading as Central Deborah - Bendigo Tramways), the Australian Railway Historical Society; and the Castlemaine and Maldon Railway Preservation Society (trading as the Victorian Goldfields Railway).

He has been principally responsible for the restoration of “X-1” trolley 467, “W3” No.667 and “W4” No.671 at the Bylands and Ballarat streetcar museums. He has been employed as a driver of a London-style double deck bus doing City circuits of Ballarat for tourists. More lately he was Operations Co-ordinator of the Bendigo Tramways, from January to August 2002. He is a qualified driver at the three streetcar museums above. His professional career since 1961 has been as a property appraiser (valuer) with the Australian Government.

 



Darren Hutchesson has been actively involved in the preservation, maintenance and operation of streetcars at the Ballarat and Bendigo precincts since 1994. He is now Traffic Manager of the Bendigo Tramways, with day-to-day responsibility for the timely operation of that city’s tourist streetcar operation.

Darren has had significant experience at Bendigo in planning and carrying out the commercial restoration of several streetcars, including Milan “Peter Witt” No.1692; Sydney “R” class streetcars 1808 and 2001, Sydney “R1” No.1951 and Melbourne “W2” No.249.
Trolleys 249 and 2001 were stripped and rebuilt from the frame up, in a very tight time-frame, for the prospective entrepreneurs of a line in the national capital, Canberra. The project was notable for its quality and speed.

All of the streetcars restored by the Bendigo Tramways are duly accredited under the stringent requirements of the Victorian Government’s Rail Safety legislation, as actively audited by its Department of Infrastructure.

Personal or written testimony as to the very high standard of Bendigo Tramways’ work can be obtained from Mr. Howard Clark, Chairman of the Sydney Tramway Museum (telephone + 61 (0) 409719159) To date, four major re-builds have been carried out by Bendigo Tramways for the Sydney Tramway Museum - Milan No.1692, Sydney 1808 and 2001 and Melbourne 249.

Newstead Tramcars is attuned to the needs of the heritage streetcar operator. Reliability and longevity are of paramount importance. Newstead Tramcars can solve your streetcar problem with the highest quality product, backed up by a guarantee of after-sales service - in both technical advice and spare parts.



Milan #1692 being unloaded at Melbourne 2001
  Melbourne #518 running in Seattle, USA