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Yarra Trams is saddened to hear that one of our most popular
drivers has passed away after a short illness.
Lenny Bates began driving trams in 1955 and quickly became one
of Melbourne's best known 'trammies' with his friendly manner and
Over the years he received many compliments for his informative
announcements and became a familiar face to passengers on Routes 48
Last week Lenny's workmates gathered at Kew Depot to say
farewell to him and make a special presentation. His
colleagues spoke of the great affection that the travelling public
had for Lenny.
From all of us at Yarra Trams our thoughts are with Lenny's
family and friends at this time.
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