Share your Newcastle transport memories

Newcastle Transport is planning a trip back in time with an open day and we want help from the local community to share their public transport memories.

Over the last 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, the Newcastle Transport team is calling on local people to share their photos, memories or recollections, whether they be past employees, neighbours or customers with fond memories.

Keolis Downer Hunter General Manager, Emmanuel Genlot, said the Hamilton Depot Open Day would allow the community to come behind the scenes of Newcastle Transport.

“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,” Mr Genlot said.

The Newcastle Transport team has 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 and 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,” said Mr Genlot.

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

“We are 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.

“I also encourage you to pop the Hamilton Depot Open Day in your calendar.”

Hamilton Bus Depot will be open to public on Saturday 25 May from 10am to 1pm.

People can share their recollections here.