Posts Tagged ‘trams’

Things my son noticed on public transport

My son isn’t yet three years old, but the amount of things that he notices when we are out and about is amazing – but a recent trip to St Kilda really blew me away. We started out at Southern Cross Station, where “that escalator is broken!” was his first observation. Perhaps he’s ready to […]

Photos from ten years ago: June 2008

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is June 2008, and I’m running a little behind schedule!

Ramp from the footbridge down to the Irving / Leeds Street intersection

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'