Posts Tagged ‘trams’

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 […]

How do you pronounce a bus route number?

The other week somebody on Facebook made a divisive comment – “If you refer to a bus number as its numerical value rather than as single digits, you’re what is wrong with this world”. So how do you pronounce a bus route number? I posed that very question on a bus spotting discussion group years […]

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 […]

Photos from ten years ago: August 2010

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is August 2010. Scenes that are gone The western skyline of the Melbourne CBD was much sparser. Today apartment towers cover the former Spencer Street Power Station, The Age building, and Australia Post sorting facility. The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel was […]