The centrepiece of the Crooked Carrot esplanade is the beautifully restored Melbourne tram,
now surrounded by a wooden deck and ready to host special events. The dilapidated tram took
a local handyman nearly a year to restore, which included refitting the leaking roof, replacing and
reviving the wood floor and interior, and removing rust that had spread through much of the iron frame.
A final coat of paint, in classic Melburnian yellow and green, has brought the aging grande dame back to her former glory.
Rebirth of an Aging Tram
Interpretive panel placed near tram:
Our Vintage Tractors
Most of our vintage tractors at the café were purchased from J&P Metals, where they were bound for scrap metal overseas. We got them lined up in a stately fashion on the boundary between the café and one of our fields. One day, an elderly gent came to the café and took great interest in our line-up. He paused at one particular tractor, originally from the wheatbelt, with great interest. This, he swore, was his brother’s tractor! He knew this because he himself had welded some modifications to the drawbar at the back of the tractor. After checking it out with his brother, he returned one day to boast with great pride that indeed it was in his brother’s old tractor. We've been told that some of the other tractors belonged to the Pailthorpe family in Benger.