Posts Tagged ‘trams’

Photos from ten years ago: October 2007

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is October 2007. We start at Southern Cross Station. When initially completed the concourses at the station were wide open spaces, unadulterated by congestion causing commercial outlets. A more positive change occurred at Flinders Street Station, where the aging CRT next […]

Categorising the Melbourne tram network by environment

Melbourne’s tram network is one of the biggest in the world, with 24 routes traversing 250 kilometres of track, dating back over a century, and progressively extended and upgraded in the years since.

Today the challenge is to keep services moving despite increasing traffic congestion, carrying more passengers than ever before, while meeting new accessible transport standards. This is difficult activity given no two parts of the network are the same – so how can the Melbourne tram network be categorised by the environment they runs through?

Z3.202 headed north on Swanston and Flinders Street

A trip back to 1976 – ‘What the Hamer Government is doing for Public Transport’

Among many people (specially railfans!) the Liberal Party is seen as an anti-rail boogeyman, doing everything they can to slash and burn public transport and replacing them with roads. But the reality is a lot more subtle, as this 1976 election advertisement from the incumbent Liberal government led by Rupert Hamer shows.

1976 Liberal Party advertisement - 'What the Hamer Government is doing for Public Transport'

Route 59 tram to Airport West does not serve Melbourne Airport

If you are new to Melbourne there is something you need to know – the route 59 tram to Airport West doesn’t actually go to the airport! So why the confusing name?

B2.2030 heads along the reserved track along Mt Alexander Road in Essendon with an outbound route 59 service

Would a tramway bridge at Docklands work?

An ongoing issue with future development at Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend is public transport, and how to link the area to the Melbourne CBD. One of the proposals is a tram bridge over the Yarra River, with an opening span in the middle to allow boats to pass. But how practical would such as structure be?

A proposed bridge for trams over the Yarra. Photo: Port Phillip Council