3. April 2006

Royal Visit for the Tramway museum

The 17-ton gift from Australia to the Crown Prince and Princess will be inspected by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary when they visit the Danish Tramway Museum at Skjoldenæsholm on Tuesday 23 May 2006. Melbourne tram no. 965 will be waiting at the museum to bring the royal guests out into the beautiful Mid-Zealand nature.

An hour has been set aside in the royal calendar for a trip on board the big Australian tram and a guided tour of the Tramway Museum, which is run on a voluntary basis by the members of the Danish Tramway Historical Society.

On the day, the museum will be open for all visitors from
10.00 am - 5.00 pm.

The royal guests will arrive at 12.30 pm.

Melbourne tram no. 965 is a gift from the state of Victoria and the city of Melbourne to the Crown Prince and Princess, as a souvenir of their official visit to Australia last year. The Australian press was given the news of this special gift on the same day that Crown Princess Mary gave birth to Prince Christian (15/10). As a result, the tram is also seen as a christening gift for the little prince.

The Danish shipping company A.P. Møller-Maersk transported the gift the more than 32,000 km from Melbourne to Denmark via Yokohama in Japan, the Far East, the Suez Canal and several European ports. The tram was unloaded in Aarhus on 18 February this year, and arrived at the Tramway Museum the same evening on board a custom-built Swedish flat-bed truck. It received a test run already the following day on the museum track, where the tram will be spending its active retirement.

The Danish Tramway Museum at Skjoldenæsholm will open for the 2006 season on Saturday 29 April. The museum lies in Jystrup, between the towns of Roskilde and Ringsted.