Trams

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

When is a platform tram stop not accessible?

Last week I had a look at tram stops that are triply inaccessible – where the only way to leave the tram stop is a set of stairs. But there is another feature of tram stop platforms that render them inaccessible – inconsistent platform heights. A tale of legacy platform stops Melbourne has a number […]

Melbourne’s triply inaccessible tram stops

The inaccessibility of Melbourne’s tram network is well known, thanks to hundreds of high floor trams still making up the fleet and modern low floor trams still using old fashioned street level tram stops. However there is a handful of tram stops that have a third level of inaccessibility – the only way to access […]

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 […]

More COVID-19 related public transport observations

Time flies when you have to stay home, but it’s been a few months since my last round of COVID-19 related public transport observations. So here goes another collection. Cleaning ‘We’re deep-cleaning and disinfecting this vehicle every day’ stickers have appeared on buses. V/Line trains. And Metro trains. At stations ‘Keep your distance where you […]