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Stuck van at the Swanston Street tram stop, February 2019

11 February 2019

A delivery driver headed north up Swanston Street came to the end of the road at Bourke Street, and decided to drive down the bike lane. He ended up driving his van the edge of the tram stop platform, getting stuck on the tram tracks. Northbound trams on Swanston Street had to run 'bang road' to the Flinders Lane crossover to escape the obstruction, with services delayed for 40 minutes until a tilt tray track was able to extract his vehicle from the predicament.

Flooded tram tracks on St Kilda Road, December 2018

14 December 2018

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

Toorak Road West tram diversion works

14 December 2018

To make room for the Melbourne Metro station construction site at Domain Interchange, in June 2017 route 58 (formerly route 8) trams were diverted from Domain Road and Park Street to new tracks along Toorak Road West.

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.

Yarra Trams missed a turn

5 May 2018

This southbound route 96 tram missed the turn from Spring Street into Bourke Street, so Yarra Trams staff directed it 'bang road' back to the points to try again.

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 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.

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.

Yarra Trams - Anzac Day diversions

25 April 2017

Every Anzac Day special tram services on routes 57, 59 and 19 from the northern suburbs run to the Shine of Remembrance on St Kilda Road via the little used section of track on Victoria Street between Elizabeth and Swanston Streets. In addition, routes 3a, 64 & 67 from the southern suburbs are diverted via Park Street, Kings Way and William Street to the Dudley Street sidings, due to the closure of St Kilda Road and Swanston Street.

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.

Malvern Depot

19 March 2017

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

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.

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.

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

Z class 'Ruby Jubilee' tour

14 November 2015

On November 14, 2015 trams Z1.22 and Z2.101 travelled around Melbourne to celebrate 40 years of Z class trams in Melbourne. The tour commenced at Malvern Depot and visited St Kilda Road, Brunswick Depot, West Maribyrnong, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne Docklands, and a lunch break at Hawthorn Depot. Followed by travel to East Preston, Preston Depot, St Kilda, East Malvern, then returning to Malvern Depot.

Wellington Parade tram works

9 October 2015

In October 2015 a new platform tram stop was constructed on Wellington Parade at Jolimont station

St Kilda Road tram stop works

3 July 2015

In June 2015 new platform tram stops were constructed on platform stops on St Kilda Road at Grant Street and Coventry Street.

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.

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.

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.

Tram Bar at the Arts Centre Melbourne

5 February 2015

In 2011 retired tram SW6.969 was converted into a bar and setup at the Arts Centre in Melbourne, being removed a number of times, only to return again come summer. In February 2013 it appeared again as 'Tram Bar', which closed for good in January 2015.

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.

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/

Yarra Trams rail grinders

4 October 2014

Yarra Trams occasionally uses rail grinders on their network to profile the head of tram tracks.

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.

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.

Victoria and Nicholson Street tram works

28 April 2014

In April 2014 the route 30, 86 and 96 tramway junction at the intersection of Victoria and Nicholson Streets was rebuilt.

Stabled trams in Royal Park

7 February 2014

In February 2014 the tram tracks through Royal Park were used as a temporary stabling location while Essendon Depot was unavailable due to trackwork on Mount Alexander Road. As a result route 55 trams were replaced by buses

Route 82 tram replacement buses

29 January 2014

During hot weather trams on route 82 between Moonee Ponds and Footscray are replaced by buses, freeing up the non-air conditioned Z3 class trams to fill in for failed air conditioned trams elsewhere on the Yarra Trams network.

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/

Swanston Street tram stop works

19 December 2013

Between May 2011 and July 2012 new platform tram stops were constructed on Swanston Street at Collins, Bourke and La Trobe Street.

E class tram first day in service

4 November 2013

The first new E class trams entered service on Monday 4 November 2013, with E.6001 and E.6002 running on route 96.

Rescuing a failed Z3 class tram, October 2013

21 October 2013

On 21 October 2013 Z3.212 failed somewhere, so classmate Z3.126 was sent out on a rescue mission to drag the tram home to Essendon Depot.

W8 class tram trials

21 October 2013

In 2013 work the first two refurbished W class trams arrived in Melbourne - W8.946 and W8.959. Fitted with modernised traction, braking and suspension systems, the trams form a new class - W8.

Rescuing a failed D2 class tram, October 2013

7 October 2013

On 7 October 2013 D2.2009 failed somewhere on route 96, so classmate D2.5020 was sent out on a rescue mission to drag the tram home to Southbank Depot.

Wild winds delay Ascot Vale trams, October 2013

1 October 2013

On the night of September 30 strong winds blew the roof from an apartment block in Maribyrnong Road in Ascot Vale, blocking trams on routes 57 and 82 until the wreckage was removed.

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.

Snookered trams on Swanston Street

10 April 2013

Southbound Z2.101 was trying to turn from Swanston into La Trobe Street, blocked by a northbound tram across the intersection, with more northbound trams blocked by a tram shunting through the crossover, which couldn't move because of the tram stuck behind the turning Z2.101!

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

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.

Victoria and Peel Street tram works

24 June 2012

In June 2012 the route 55 and 57 tramway junction at the intersection of Victoria and Peel Streets was rebuilt.

TMSV - Footscray tour 2012

24 March 2012

On March 24, 2012 the Tramway Museum Society Of Victoria chartered Z3.185 in the Royal Tram livery to run a tram to commemorate the closure of the Footscray tramways.

The route was Brunswick Depot > Lygon Street > Franklin Street > Victoria Street > Royal Park > Showgrounds Loop > Footscray > Moonee Ponds > West Maribyrnong > Ascot Vale > Haymarket > Flagstaff Station > Footscray Road > Melbourne Central Station > Franklin Street > Victoria Street> Sydney Road > Brunswick Depot.

South Melbourne Depot

14 March 2012

South Melbourne Depot was located on the corner of Kings Way and Dorcas Street in South Melbourne. It was replaced by Southbank Depot in 1997.

Tram vs car on Nicholson Street, February 2012

8 February 2012

On February 8, 2012 a Mercedes headed southbound on Nicholson Street near Elgin Street managed to find it's way onto the tram tracks, with D2.5009 bashing in the entire drivers side of the car. More details at the Herald Sun - "Man, 60, in hospital after car-tram crash"

Glenhuntly Depot

5 February 2012

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

William Street tram stop crash, January 2012

27 January 2012

The driver of a southbound ute managed to crash into the 'safety zone' fence on William Street at Bourke Street, destroying it. Thankfully no passengers were there waiting for a tram!

Rescuing a failed D2 class tram, September 2012

25 September 2011

On September 24, 2011 D2.5002 damaged it's pantograph at Showgrounds Loop, with D2.5017 being sent out to rescue it. After the pantograph couldn't be tied down low enough, the mechanics cut it off with an angle grinder.

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.

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.

Melbourne Art Trams 2021

As part of the 2019 Rising Melbourne festival six trams have been decorated in designs by six First Peoples artists: https://rising.melbourne/arttrams