Bendigo Heritage Attractions CEO Peter Abbott samples the fine fare on offer. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

A royal-themed pop-up tram decked out in the vibrant red, white and blue colours of the British flag was unveiled yesterday at the Piazza in Rosalind Park.

The tram was craned in on Wednesday evening to complement the upcoming exhibition Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery.

The interior is in keeping with the royal theme and those sitting in the tram can learn about Prince Albert Victor and Prince George’s visit to Bendigo when they officially opened Alexandra Fountain in 1881.

A pop-up visitor information centre was also installed at the site.

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Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said thousands of visitors were expected to visit the Tudors to Windsors exhibition and the vibrant tram in the heart of the city would be a must-see attraction with the opportunity to take plenty of photos and enjoy the city’s historic streetscape.

“The Royal Pop-Up Tram will be a big drawcard and a great way to entice people visiting the gallery to spend longer in the city centre,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“We hope that visitors will take the opportunity to do some shopping, visit Greater Bendigo’s other great attractions and eat at our many cafes and restaurants.”

“Everyone has worked hard to get the W2 Class Tram ready. It was an incredible feat in itself to manoeuvre the tram into position as it weighs 12 tonnes, but the results speak for themselves. The tram is a wonderful eye-catching attraction on the piazza.”

The tram is operating throughout the exhibition period and will be open to the public this Saturday, and 9am to 1pm five days a week, initially serving coffee and tea, cold drinks and biscuits. It will also be lit up at night.