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Trams and tramway infrastructure from around the Yarra Trams network in Melbourne

Accident damaged SW6.866, May 2017

24 May 2017

On 24 May 2017 a truck collided with tram SW6.866 at the corner of Flinders and Spencer Street.

Armaguard delaying trams in the Bourke Street Mall

8 April 2019

An Armaguard crew drove into the Bourke Street Mall then had their armoured van break down. Eventually a massive tilt tray truck arrived, delaying trams for five minutes while it was lifted onto the back.

Ascot Vale tramway overhead works

18 November 2018

In November 2018 the overhead wire at the junction of Union Road and Maribyrnong Road in Ascot Vale was renewed.

A Tram to the Park tour, March 2017

19 March 2017

On 19 March 2017 tram A2.300 lead the 'A Tram to the Park' tour across Melbourne.

B1 tram farewell tour, January 2016

30 January 2016

On January 30, 2016 tram B1.2001 travelled the Melbourne tram network as part of a farewell tour for the B1 class of trams.

Brunswick Depot

14 November 2015

Brunswick Depot off Sydney Road in Brunswick supplies trams to route 1, 6 and 19

Camberwell Depot

13 July 2019

Camberwell Depot in Hawthorn East supplies trams to route 70 and 75.

Collins and William Street tram stop works

25 June 2015

In June 2015 a new platform tram stop was provided at Collins and William Street, with the tram stops at Queen and King Street being closed.

Collins Street power failure, January 2013

30 January 2013

Power went out in the section due to a truck taking out the overhead at Collins and King Street, with recovery vehicle R10 needing to rescue the stranded trams

Derailed tram at Spencer and Flinders Street, March 2019

28 March 2019

On 28 March 2019 tram E2.6059 went to turn from Spencer into Flinders Street with a MCG bound football special service, when the first bogie of the middle section came off the tracks.

Derailed tram on Elizabeth Street, May 2013

23 May 2013

On May 18, 2013 tram works were underway on Elizabeth Street in the Melbourne CBD, with a temporary crossover in used just north of La Trobe Street. Z3.229 was headed south over the crossover when the trailing bogie derailed, leaving the tram skewed across the tracks. Once the tram was rerailed the crossover stayed out of use for the rest of the day, while the bolts holding it down were adjusted.

East Preston Depot

27 July 2019

East Preston Depot on Plenty Road, East Preston once supplied trams to routes 11 and 86. It was replaced by the 'New' Preston Depot in April 2016, with the site now used for refurbishing trams.

E class tram testing and first day

8 May 2019

The E class tram are three-section, four-bogie articulated trams built by Bombardier. The first two trams spent a number of months in testing around the Melbourne tram network, before they entered service on Monday November 04, 2013.

Elgin Street tram works

29 January 2015

In Jaunary 2015 a new centre island platform tram stop was built on Elgin Street at the Lygon Street corner.

Elizabeth Street tram works

16 September 2014

In April 2012 the tram tracks along Elizabeth Street were rebuilt between Collins Street and Victoria Street, followed in October 2013 by the construction of new platform stops at Collins, Bourke and La Trobe Streets.

Essendon Depot

23 February 2017

Essendon Depot on Mount Alexander Road, Travancore supplies trams to routes 57‎, ‎58‎, ‎59‎, ‎82.

Fender bender on Elizabeth Street

26 July 2019

On 26 July 2019 a delivery van tried to turn from Elizabeth Street into Little Collins Street, and was cleaned up by tram B2.2034 headed south on route 59

Flinders Street overpass removal

20 November 2005

In June-November 2005 the Flinders Street Overpass at King Street was demolished and the tram tracks rebuilt, with new platform stops provided at Market, King and Spencer Streets.

Flooded tram tracks on St Kilda Road

14 December 2018

In December 2018 flash flooding hit Melbourne, flooding the tram tracks on St Kilda Road and delaying services.

Glenhuntly Depot

5 February 2012

Glenhuntly Depot on Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South supplies trams to routes 3, 64 and 67.

Keep clear of the tram tracks- October 2012

25 October 2012

Where trams turn corners, there are yellow lines painted along the road so that cars know to keep clear. This bloke at the corner of Victoria and Errol Streets in North Melbourne didn't pay attention to them, which resulted in Z3.205 ripping off the rear quarter panel off his van.

Kew Depot

8 September 2019

Kew Depot on at the corner of Barkers Road and High Street, Kew supplies trams to route 48, 78 and 109.

Kew Depot centenary

25 June 2015

Kew Depot celebrated its centenary on 3 May 2015. W2.431 was on display after being transported by road from the Melbourne Tram Museum at Hawthorn Depot, with W8.946 running shuttle trips to Victoria Gardens, restaurant tram SW6.935 was open for morning tea, with E.6005, C.3031 and A2.283 on display.

Malvern Depot

19 March 2017

Malvern Depot off Glenferrie Road in Armadale supplies trams to routes 5, 6, 16, 58 and 72.

Malvern tram depot centenary

30 May 2010

Malvern Depot celebrated its centenary on 30 May 2010 when it hosted a function to commemorate the opening of the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust on 30 May 1910. Former P&MTT trams 44 and 84 were brought from Bendigo for the occasion with 44 running several special trips between the depot and Dandenong Road.

Melbourne Art Trams 2013

24 December 2013

As part of the 2013 Melbourne Festival eight trams have been decorated in designs by eight Melbourne artists: http://www.yarratrams.com.au/media-centre/news/articles/2013/exploring-melbourne%27s-art-trams/

Melbourne Art Trams 2014

14 November 2014

As part of the 2014 Melbourne Festival eight trams have been decorated in designs by eight Melbourne artists: http://2014.festival.melbourne/connect/artist-statements/

Melbourne Art Trams 2017

17 November 2017

As part of the 2017 Melbourne Festival eight trams have been decorated in designs by eight Melbourne artists: https://www.festival.melbourne/2017/events/melbourne-art-trams/

Melbourne Art Trams 2019

10 February 2020

As part of the 2019 Melbourne Festival eight trams have been decorated in designs by eight Melbourne artists: https://www.festival.melbourne/2019/events/melbourne-art-trams/

Melbourne cable tramway remnants

6 August 2014

Engine houses, tram depots, and other pits and pieces remaining of Melbourne's once extensive cable tramway network. The last Melbourne cable tram ceased running on 26th October 1940.

Melbourne infrastructure inspection trams

7 February 2020

Infrastructure inspection equipment fitted to Melbourne trams.

Melbourne tram bits and pieces

6 June 2020

Photos of bits and pieces on and around Melbourne's trams

Melbourne Tram Museum at Hawthorn Depot

30 January 2016

Housed in the former Hawthorn Tram Depot, the Melbourne Tram Museum features a collection of 20 heritage tramcars and related tramway memorabilia

Melbourne tram sidings

14 November 2015

Around the Melbourne tram network are a small number of sidings that lie off the main running lines, usually used to store trams before and after special events.

Melbourne tram stop closures

12 July 2017

In recent years many tram stops in Melbourne have been permantly closed, either replaced by nearby platform stops in an failed effort to speed up services, or due to safety concerns with motorists speeding past stopped trams.

Melbourne tram stop platform rebuilds

26 May 2016

In 2014 it was discovered that existing platform stops across the Melbourne tram network were of a non-compliant height, so Yarra Trams had to go back and raise the surface of each one to current standards.

Melbourne tram stops

6 March 2020

Tram stops around Melbourne fall into three groups: platform stops, safety zones, and signs beside the road.

Melbourne tram termini

9 March 2020

Melbourne's tram network consists of 29 regular routes, and quite a number of regular termini!

Melbourne tram tracks

9 March 2020

Tram tracks, pointwork, junctions, signals and so on from around the Melbourne tram network.

Melbourne tramway overhead

9 March 2020

A web of overhead wires is needed to supply the electricity that powers Melbourne's tram fleet

Melbourne tramway squares

8 June 2019

Melbourne has four 'tramway squares' where 1500 V DC powered trains cross the tracks of 600 V DC powered trams on the level. They are located at Glenhuntly, Riversdale, Kooyong and Gardiner stations

Melbourne tramway traction substations

22 August 2019

As of 2009 there were 41 traction substations scattered around Melbourne, converting the AC mains power to the 600 V DC required by trams. (a different source in 2008 put it as 46)

Melbourne tram works

31 October 2019

Trackwork and maintenance work from around the Yarra Trams network in Melbourne

Metro Tunnel tram replacement buses

14 October 2019

Works on the Metro Tunnel at Anzac station have required Yarra Trams services on St Kilda Road to be replaced by buses, while the tram tracks are slewed around the work site.

Motorists delaying trams

14 February 2020

Wherever you go in Melbourne you are certain to find some moron who doesn't know how to drive, either queuing through an intersection or overhanging a tram lane, resulting in delays to dozens of tram passengers.

Night Network Melbourne

10 February 2020

'Night Network' is the brand name for all night trains and trams across Melbourne on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as a revamped Nightrider bus service.

North Fitzroy Depot

8 September 2019

North Fitzroy Depot on Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy closed in 1993, but reopened in 2008/09 to stable W class trams used on the City Circle while Southbank depot was undergoing refurbishment.

Peel Street tram dewirement

10 January 2020

On 10 January 2020 a truck took out the tramway overhead on route 58 at Queen Victoria Market, resulting in the route 57 and 58 trams being diverted, and the closure of William, Peel and Dudley Streets.

Preston Workshops

1 September 2019

Preston Workshops at the corner of St George's Road and Miller Street it was once the main workshops for the M&MTB, but following privatisation in the 1990s it became a dumping ground for W class trams. In 2016 it was reborn as a running depot for the new E class fleet, replacing East Preston depot to supply trams for route 11 and 86.

Queensbridge Street tram works

27 May 2015

In May 2015 the tram tracks along Queensbridge Street were rebuilt, with a new platform stop constructed outside Crown Casino.

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