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End of the road for Newcastle’s Famous Tram

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Newcastle’s Famous Tram is changing hands.

The iconic drawcard that has transported visitors and locals to some of the city’s most popular destinations will embark on a new journey.

After almost eight years behind the wheel, former owner Chris Kepreotes says the time has come to bid farewell to the maroon and crème tourist attraction, which has graced our streets for almost three decades.

Built from scratch locally in 1994, the tram is a genuine replica of the original Newcastle working tram, which was in service in 1923.

It will cease to exist as a tourism landmark in January, a fact the father-of-three says is bittersweet.

“No other company does city bus tours, so this is a real blow for Newcastle,” Mr Kepreotes said.

Whether welcoming cruise ship passengers, cruising newlyweds to their photo shoots or transporting OOsh children to and from school, the tram became a recognisable symbol.

“The tram itself was always the attraction,” he said.

Mr Kepreotes says he offered the tram services to City of Newcastle on several occasions but was declined.

The new owner, who took over the reins recently, admits they are still planning the future of the iconic vehicle.

“Christmas Lane, the Christmas shop in Morpeth, has purchased Newcastle’s Famous Tram,” they said.

“The tram will be used to take people from Newcastle and the Hunter Valley to the Christmas Lane shop, and the quaint heritage town of Morpeth.

“It’ll also be available for tours and high teas, weddings, Christmas light tours, spooky tours and mystery tours.

“You might even see Santa, the Easter Bunny and a gingerbread man in the tram.”

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