Bendigo trams ransacked

Updated November 6 2012 - 7:29pm, first published November 8 2011 - 1:42pm
Bendigo trams ransacked

THIEVES have struck Bendigo's iconic heritage trams, ransacking five and stealing 24 items.Bendigo's restaurant tram Ninesevensix was among one of the five trams targeted.The trams, being housed at the Gas Works, were broken into on October 29, with polished brass, controller handles, conductor bells and brackets stolen.“Among the trams which had their controller handles stolen were tram No’s 5 and 7, both of which were original features from when the trams were built in 1913 and 1917 respectively," Bendigo Tramways Manager Jos Duivenvoorden said."The controller handles share the story of each of these trams and have travelled the tracks to Eaglehawk, Golden Square and Spring Gully, used by every person who has ever driven them.“As scrap metal the objects are worth very little but they hold significant heritage value and we are extremely disappointed that anyone would steal such a valuable pieces of Bendigo’s history."Bendigo Tramways has urged anyone going to the Bendigo Swap Meet this weekend to remain vigilant of heritage objects on sale.Anyone with information on the theft is urged to contact Bendigo Police on 5434 1300.For more, see tomorrow's Bendigo Advertiser.

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