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Residents invited to step back in time with Newcastle Transport

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Newcastle Transport is planning a trip back in time with an Open Day this weekend.

But, first, it’s seeking help from residents to share their memories.

Over the past century, there have been a variety of ways to move people around the city and suburbs from boat, steam and electric tram, double decker buses and, more recently, on demand public transport, light rail and Zero Emission Buses.

In anticipation of the upcoming Open Day at Hamilton Depot on Saturday 25 May, between 10am and 1pm, the Newcastle Transport team is calling on locals to impart their photos or recollections, whether they be past employees, neighbours or customers who’ve enjoyed any experience.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the depot and maintenance workshop, meet some of our drivers, check out our buses, try out the driver’s seat of the latest Zero Emission Bus, enjoy a coffee and there will be facepainting for the kids,” Keolis Downer Hunter general manager Emmanuel Genlot said.

The Newcastle Transport team has also been working to share a regular Throwback Thursday post on social media to look back at local public transport nostalgia.

“We know Novocastrians are proud of our city’s rich history,” Mr Genlot said.

“The evolution of public transport has been a key part of everyone’s life at some point, whether travelling to school, the shops, social events or work.

“These Throwback Thursday posts have quite a popular following with some great engagement and commentary.

“We’re hoping to take this a step further and ask past employees and customers about their memories to share with the community.

“Whether it is a recent memory or something way, way back, we are interested to hear all types of stories about your recollections of getting around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.”

People can share their tales or find out more about the Open Day at http://newcastletransport.info

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