Posts Tagged ‘Melbourne’

How many managers does it take to drive a tram?

Back in February 2015 industry magazine ‘Rail Express’ interviewed ClĂ©ment Michel, chief executive of Yarra Trams, on the subject of rail safety, as well as some very interesting revelations regarding the number of managers employed by Yarra Trams.

Z3.229 skewed across the tracks on Elizabeth Street, just north of La Trobe Street

Oddball bus stop names of Victoria

The predecessor of Public Transport Victoria was Metlink, and one of their main achievements was getting every single train, tram and bus stop in Victoria in one big database, and making the timetable information for each one available to the public via a single website. So what oddball stop names lurk in that database?

Bus signage at Newhaven, Phillip Island - purple for the V/Line coach to Dandenong, and orange for the local bus to Wonthaggi

Do you know the way to Moonee Vale?

Each morning on William Street in the CBD, there are a handful of route 55 trams that display a destination of ‘Moonee Vale’. There are a number of Melbourne suburbs with similar sounding names, along with a racecourse and local government area called ‘Moonee Valley’ – but is Moonee Vale a real place, or just a typo?

Z3.122 on a route 55a shortworking to 'Moonee Vale'

Buses and trams sharing Melbourne’s roads

Melbourne’s bus and tram networks have one thing in common – they get delayed by single occupant cars. Dedicated lanes are one way to keep public transport moving, but what happens when there is not enough road space for both?

Pointless bus lane southbound on Queensbridge Street: it forces road traffic onto the tram tracks!

Victorian Railways in the Moomba parade

Back in 1955 the Victorian Railways entered the first annual Moomba parade with a large-scale model of diesel electric locomotive B60 ‘Harold W Clapp’ – the pride of their fleet. Sixty years later, a photo of the same parade float has been doing the rounds of the various ‘remember when’ Facebook groups, ripped from the Victorian Government’s ‘Culture Victoria’ website – so what is the story behind the scale model?

Victorian Railways float in the 1954 Moomba parade