I always saw photos of the Glebe tram shed and wanted to go there, the graffiti covered trains and trams lurking in a giant warehouse was a photographers dream, but unfortunately when I finally got around to it, my dreams were shattered. The place was fenced off and swarming with workers and security guards, and even a sign warning of security dogs.
It wasn't until I randomly stumbled across the tram shed in Loftus while doing a photo shoot in the nearby bush, that I realised my dreams of shooting trams in their retired state was still alive. We were trekking through the bush to a run down house you could see from the highway when we stumbled across a huge green shed complete with an old rusty tow truck sitting out the front. I pulled one of the giant doors open and peeked inside, and a huge smile instantly grew across my face. I was greeted by trams and buses of all ages, covered in graffiti and some still with seats and fittings intact.
I'm not sure of the exact purpose of this shed, but I'm guessing it has something to do with the tram museum across the highway, and maybe it was used to store old, retired trams and buses. It seems now they have been forgotten and this will be their final resting place. From my knowledge (hopefully someone can prove me wrong), but this is one of the last places to see these retired, beautiful old trams.
It is tightly packed on the right hand side, and the light is fairly dim, but on the left there is some space to work with and when you open the doors, you get a bit more light inside.
I loved this place so much I had my wedding photos there last year!
WHAT: An old shed housing old trams and buses. The exact use I do not know, but am guessing they were put here as storage, or to be forgotten about.
ACCESS - EASY: The place is easy to access and get into, it couldn't be much easier. Holes in fences you could nearly drive a car through and open doors of the shed.
SECURITY - LOW: The only people I have seen here are other photographers and urban explorers, a few graffiti artists and some bush walkers, none which have ever raised any alarms.
INTEREST - 7/10: For Australian standards, it's good. It's not as big as Glebe was, but there are some beautiful trams and buses inside, and the decrepit state of the building is a site as well. Not to mention the few old cars scattered around the outside of the shed as well and a few other random buildings neighbouring the shed.
ALONE OR WITH A FRIEND: Either. I have been here numerous times by myself and its fine. And I have also been with a 10 person bridal party, and it was fun and a large group drew no unwanted attention.
DANGERS: The usual dangers you'd find in these kind of places, rusty objects, broken glass and maybe some snakes in the outside long grass in summer, but on a whole its pretty safe.
Disclaimer – The person referred to as “I” in this post is not necessarily me, nor does “I” refer to anyone in particular, likewise with the word 'we'. I will not be held responsible it anyone ventures to these locations and gets in trouble or injured. These words may be a ramble of useless information and the photos found on a lost usb picked up in the gutter? Who knows?