Volunteer with us

How you can help

Interested in volunteering for PETS? Our heritage tram experience is operated by vintage trams which need lots of maintenance to keep them going.

If you would like to join us and work with others with the same interests, you would be most welcome. Your existing skills will be highly valued. If you have no strong skills base, bring your enthusiasm and you will soon develop the new skills and knowledge that you need.

Download a Membership Application Form here.

We would like you to come out and meet us! New members are always welcome for ongoing activities in these areas -

Tram crew

Our trams operate at Whiteman Park on about 240 days every year. Seeing the delight on the face of passengers who may never have experienced a tram ride before, and those who remember what it was like, makes the job of conductor or motorman [tram driver] a very rewarding experience.


Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Conductor
The conductor is our first and main contact with the public.

Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Motorman
You can train for the position of motorman after experience as a conductor.

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Electrical

The trams operate on 600 volts dc. There is a lot to do with their electric motors, controllers and other equipment - and also general ac work around the museum.


Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Electrical Work
Tram controller

Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Electrical Work
Reconditioning an electric motor.

Mechanical

Mechanical tasks include looking after brakes, suspension, air and structural aspects.


Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Mechanical Work
Re-threading fishplate bolts.

Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Mechanical Work
Tram lifting to access underfloor parts.

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Restoration

The restoration team reconstructs the tram body shells into full operating or static display condition. They also help keep the operating trams as smart as possible. Many skills are used - woodworking, metalwork, painting, ...


Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Restoration Work
Attention to detail is important - ensuring structural integrity.

Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Restoration Work
Renewing cladding on the side of Perth #66.

Motor vehicles

The motor vehicle section provides essential support in many of our activities.


Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Motor Vehicles
The multipurpose tractor in use towing a newly arrived tramcar.

Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Motor Vehicles
A crane is used for lifting.

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Education and display

We aim to improve knowledge about tramways and access to the PETS collection.


Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Historical Display
Historical display at the PETS Carbarn.

Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Historical Display
Our displays team regularly travels to outside venues to spread the word.

The track team

The track team makes sure we stay on the rails.


Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Track Team
A healthy outdoor life ...

Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Track Team
... renewing a crossing.

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Membership Benefits

Membership of the Society offers you:

  • Regular Museum workdays
    • every Wednesday (great for the retired or those with flexible working hours)
    • selected Saturdays and Sundays
  • Involvement in Heritage Tramway operations within Whiteman Park - tram crews are needed on
    • weekends
    • public holidays
    • Tuesday and Friday throughout the year
    • every day of the week during school holidays.
  • The opportunity to learn more about the history of urban electric transport in Australia, and especially in Western Australia
  • The chance to promote knowledge of the electric transport era
  • The Society's magazine, Carbarn, which contains historical information and Society news
  • Involvement in restoration projects
  • The chance to use your specialist skills
  • The chance to develop new skills
  • The chance to subscribe to Trolley Wire, the national journal with news of Australia’s tramways and tramway museums
  • Family benefits – tram rides, the chance to work together
  • Social activities
  • Reciprocal benefits with associated Tramway Museums throughout Australia and New Zealand
  • The opportunity to just enjoy trams and make lifelong friends with people with similar interests

Membership Details

Annual Fee
Juniors [14-17 years] $15
Adults $30
Family $35

Annual fees are due in April.

Download a Membership Application Form here.

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Members ... Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Volunteers
Western Australia's Heritage Tramway Volunteers
PETS Contacts:
General:
Street Address:
Whiteman Park
Whiteman
Western Australia
Postal Address:
PO Box 257
Mount Lawley
Western Australia
Australia . . . 6929
Telephone:
(08) 9443 1945
Tram-car Hire:
0448 821 200
Workshops (Tuesday/Wednesday):
(08) 9249 2777
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