Such was Len’s devotion to his work that he even reported for duty after being hit by a car one day on his way to work at Kew Depot. Lenny was recently presented with a new cap and it was placed on his coffin during his funeral service. Postcard of tram in Bourke Street, early 20th century. Conductor’s ticket puncher, s. Story objects Previous Next. Jan 04, Last Visited: THE so-called “patron saint of trammies” has passed away.
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Yarra Trams is saddened to hear that one of our most popular drivers has passed away after a short illness. His tram driver cap number was Personalities to remember Your browser does not support the audio element. Lenny was also featured in our Tramlines newsletter that year.
Bates walked or trammed to work at the nearby Kew Depot and rarely travelled far from his home turf. And fram said to me, can I call the streets when it gets to the city?
Quick Reply We’ve disabled Quick Reply for this thread as it was last updated more than lennt months ago. He had driven trams until he was diagnosed with cancer early in December last year. Nov 27, Last Visited: Bates had tried his father’s trade of plumbing, but trams became his life. He trained the first female driver at Kew.
He was a ripper. We shall miss him greatly and may never see his like again. So he called Collins Street and Spencer Street. He was oldest of his siblings but never married and had no children. Mr Masson said the company would consider a suitable way to ensure that Len Bates is remembered by future generations. Lenny’s passing has been reported to me by many a former colleague. No-one else wore a driver’s peaked cap in the privatised era.
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His favourite tram was the W-Class. Recollections and images of the Preston Workshop.
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Conductor’s ticket puncher, s. He put them in the right order too.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds. He still wore a trammie’s cap, perched firmly on his head, in a period when most trammies went hatless.
A scene from the Preston workshops. That has now been confirmed via the YT website as noted.
I don’t see lenhy around very much these days. Tram in High Street, Northcote, circa A page from Headway News, March An assortment of objects, lost property Lnny the years he received many compliments for his informative announcements and became a familiar face to passengers on Routes 48 and In a recent interview he recalled that, “I thought these W-Class trams would still be here for the rest of my life”.
Bates was born, raised and lived in Richmond, a suburb whose residents traditionally did not own a car.