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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Melbourne's Trams

"Tickets please, tickets please" - so called the tram conductors aka "connies" of old.
One of our most loved Melbourne icons - our trams. When other Australian capital cities closed down their tram network between the 50's and 70's, Melbourne thankfully did not.

Did you know that Melbourne is home to the largest tram network in the world and is a major form of public transport, and has 245 km of tram tracks, 500 trams and 1,813 tram stops? That is a lot of tram stops! And has around 178 million passenger trips a year?
Here is a map of Melbourne's Tram Network

The above tram was one of the "new" trams when I was a little girl - it had nice seats with vinyl padding on them. But usually when we caught the tram, it was almost always one of the "old" ones - long timber seats down both sides, timber seats in the middle with doorways but no doors. Used to get a bit cold in winter.

This was one of the W Class trams, introduced in 1923 and below is one of the "old" ones.




I'll be doing more photos/posts about our lovable trams.

8 comments:

JM said...

Ours are yellow. The network has been drastically reduced here because of traffic jams. Gladly, they have kept (for good I hope) a considerable number at the most typical and old parts of Lisbon.

helsinkippusa said...

Melbourne felt a bit like home when the trams had the same colors as we have in Helsinki: http://helsinkippusa.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/trams-at-hameentie-street/

Steffe said...

I've never been to Melbourne but I knew from the thumbnail that it had to be a Melbourne tram. Some interesting facts here.

Annie said...

Ah, a tram. I used to go to school by bus, tram and foot in Brisbane...a long time ago..very handy they were!

B SQUARED said...

I sure wish we had them.

Sonia. said...

incredibles shots!

Kris said...

How I miss trams!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Thank you all for your comments. Sorry for not getting back sooner. (That's what happens when you go away for 3 weeks)

JM - We solved our city traffic jams - we have "Hook" turns.

Helsinkipuss - I preferred the old green and gold colour too.

Steffe - Should you ever visit Melbourne, take the 96 tram to St, Kilda or the Number 6 - great trips both.

Annie - We used to catch trams where I grew up.

B SQUARED - Everybody should have trams.

Sonia - Thanks for that.:-)

Kris - Did you used to have trams where you are?

Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.