Trams

Ding ding! Looking at the how and why of trams, from Melbourne and beyond.

Then and now on route 82 in Ascot Vale

The Cinderella of Melbourne’s tram network is route 82, which circumnavigates the inner western suburbs from Moonee Ponds to Footscray, avoiding the CBD altogether. This Weston Langford photo from 1963 shows a Footscray bound tram headed west along Maribyrnong Road in Ascot Vale. Weston Langford photo And here is the same location today. High floor […]

The curious case of the Raleigh Road tramway bridge

This is the story of the Raleigh Road bridge over the Maribyrnong River, and the separate road and tramway bridges that once existed on the site. Weston Langford photo Going back in time Today’s Raleigh Road bridge carries four lanes of traffic into the western Melbourne suburb of Maribyrnong. Lining up with Maribyrnong Road in […]

Why is a tram like a banana?

Why is a tram like a banana? Because they come in a bunch! ba dum tsh So why do trams supposedly timetabled an even distance apart end up running up against each other? The usual cause is the tram in front getting a bad run, which results in it getting progressively more delayed as passengers […]

Flawed pedestrian crossings on William Street

During December 2019 Yarra Trams and the City of Melbourne completed a whirlwind of work to upgrade William Street through the Melbourne CBD. But it isn’t just buses that they forgot when building the new tram stops and bike lanes – they’ve screwed up the pedestrian crossings. Pedestrian crossings at major intersections have been widened. […]

Confusion abounds on route 48d to Kew

Every morning a handful of route 48d trams trundle through the Melbourne CBD – but keep your wits about you, if you think they are anything like a route 48 tram without the ‘d’. They might start at the Victoria Harbour terminus at Docklands. And run down Collins Street. But after Spring Street they don’t […]