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MOTAT is the Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland. It has been around for just over 50 years. One of the areas they are proud of is their Trams. In the collection are 11 working trams that are run along the public streets between MOTAT 1 and MOTAT 2. All bar one of these are electric trams, the one odd one is a steam tram. Originally from Australia, it is one of 3 remaining in Australia/New Zealand that is still in running order.

One of my friends in the SCA is also a steam enthusiast and volunteers at MOTAT to help keep their steam engines working. Most of his time is spent on the tram.

Last weekend they had the tram out as there was a tour group of railway enthusiasts, so I went along to have a ride and take some photos.